Mariana graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, with a BA in Sociology & Anthropology, and Environmental Policy in May 2020. She grew up in Mexico City, where she visits family often throughout the year. During her time in Tacoma, she organized with her university’s ECO Club and the identity club, Latinxs Unidxs, as well as interned with Downtown On the Go, a transportation justice non-profit. Mariana spent a semester abroad in Jaipur, India studying sustainable development and social change. There, she conduted research on Sikkim’s Ecotourism Policy. She interviewed nature guides, governmental staff, and homestay families regarding the policy’s impact on mountain communities. She is passionate about intersectional environmental justice and wrote her senior thesis on how news media narratives produced victims and disaster tropes in the aftermath of Hurricane María in Puerto Rico. Recently, she worked with Future Generations to elect candidate Beth Doglio to U.S. Congress. In her spare time she organizes with youth climate activists at Sunrise Tacoma, she serves on the WA Youth Council, cooks vegan meals, goes backpacking, practices acrobatic yoga, and bikes everywhere!