José González – Founder
José González is an experienced educator in formal and informal education settings with an array of associated interests in the arts, education, conservation, and the environment. He has broad experience as a K-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty. He received his B.A at the University of California, Davis, and his M.S at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment. His teaching credential coursework was at the Bilingual Multicultural Education Department at California State University, Sacramento.
As a public school teacher, he taught courses in Spanish, Social Studies, Behavior Intervention for at-risk youth, and English Language Development in middle school and high school settings. As a Program Coordinator at San Jose State University with the California Mini-Corps Program, he trained and led groups of undergraduate students providing direct instructional services to migrant students in partner school districts and in outdoor education programs. At the University of Michigan, School of Education, he was an instructor for science education in their undergraduate program. Recently, at the National Hispanic University, he has taught course on Science Methods, Math Methods, Primary & Secondary Language Development, Latino Culture, and Technology Integration at the Teacher Education Department.
In his capacity developing LO, José looks forward to opportunities and collaborating with organizations seeking to diversify their outdoor and conservation programs. He is available for trainings, workshops, and speaking engagements around these topics.
Tim Daniels – Interim Executive Director
Tim Daniels joined Latino Outdoors (LO) as Interim Executive Director in December 2017. With over 25 years of experience as a nonprofit professional, Tim has held numerous senior executive positions. He has extensive experience in leadership transitions and organizational transformations, and has worked in all aspects of nonprofit management. He has joined the LO team to assist the organization during this critical leadership transition.
Tim’s commitment to environmental education began in his own childhood. From annual camping trips to National Parks, to exploring city parks, Tim learned at an early age that the world was filled with opportunities and responsibilities far beyond his immediate neighborhood. In prior organizations, he led outdoor education programs for children and families – sharing his passion for the outdoors with individuals and groups of all ages and backgrounds.
Eduardo González – Outings Leader, Sacramento, CA
Eduardo González is a student of the natural sciences at Sierra College. Born in Sacramento, CA, he is first generation Mexican-American. His parents hail from the state of Jalisco in México. Eduardo began working with youth as a student naturalist at Shady Creek Outdoor School in 2009, leading experiential education programs for 5th and 6th grade students. In recent years, he has been most active as a volunteer museum docent for Sierra College Natural History Museum, working with school groups from neighboring communities. Eduardo has also worked for the United States Forest Service (USFS) on the Plumas National Forest as a Forestry and Hydrologic Technician, working on various restoration projects and surveys. Having recently completed Leadership Training through Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT), he is excited to take on new challenges and adventures in leading group trips to the backcountry.
As Outings Leader for LO in Sacramento, Eduardo hopes to provide opportunities for Latino families and youth to experience the outdoors by organizing and leading day hikes, overnight camping, and backpacking trips, in the hopes that these experiences help (re)connect the people to the outdoors. Are you ready to get outdoors!?
Juan Telles – Program Coordinator, California Central Valley
Juan Telles serves as a regional coordinator for the California Central Valley. He is also a Natural Leader for the Natural Leaders Network. Juan lives and works in Modesto, California. He strives to expand his own personal adventures by connecting with others and taking small steps towards substantial accomplishments.
He is excited to support Latino Outdoors by using his strengths to increase member and participant engagement. Juan enjoys spearheading public outreach projects and coordinating outdoor events in the Central Valley to get families outdoors.
Raquel Rangel – Program Coordinator, California Central Valley
Raquel Rangel is a student at California State University, Stanislaus, majoring in Biological Science. She has volunteered with different organizations in the Central Valley, planting native shrubs and trees for different restoration projects and water monitoring, as well as banding geese for data collection. Raquel has discovered that her time spent as a volunteer, her involvement with the Geography Club on campus, and her involvement with the non-profit organization Tuolumne River Trust has helped her develop various life skills and has expanded her interest towards the outdoors.
Through her collaboration with LO, she hopes to get individuals and communities involved and interested in (re)connecting to the environment. By organizing different outings, she would like to demonstrate to participants what a beautiful place we live in and inspire them to play a part in conserving our home.
Cynthia Espinosa – Programs Assistant, East Coast (MA & VT)
Cynthia Espinosa Marrero is a food systems scholar and activist, helping diverse communities grow and learn more about food systems. Her passion was seeded with her family and neighbors in Yabucoa,P.R. where she grew up. With over 10 years of experience in the food systems, Cynthia is now focusing her expertise in her own consulting business, Pulegium Consulting. Inspired by her ancestral roots, especially her abuela (grandmother), Cynthia facilitates trainings and curriculum development for environmental educators, organizations and institutions in the topics of diversity, inclusion, community engagement and permaculture (DICP). Her use of permaculture is unique as she uses the principles, ethics and activities in her design of the trainings she offers. As a volunteer support and Environmental Educator with Latino Outdoors and within her own community, she follows her humanistic educator goal of giving opportunities to underrepresented groups to find their inner power, voice, and skills to build a socially just environmental and food system. She has a B.A. Degree in Sustainable Food Management from UMass Amherst and a M.S. in Environmental Studies focusing in Environmental Education from Antioch University New England.
Lili Muñoz – Ambassador, Los Angeles
Lili Muńoz is a University of California, Santa Cruz, Banana Slug alumni! She is also a Docent for the Puente Hills Preservation Authority. Although she grew up in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles, she loves being in the outdoors. Nature has always been a place for her to escape the chaos of city life. She loves learning about the flora and fauna surrounding Los Angeles. Lili joins Latino Outdoors to encourage more Latinos to explore the outdoors, teach them about the biodiversity of Los Angeles, and bridge a connection towards nature. She feels that being in the outdoors teaches people to appreciate and protect nature, while also providing better physical and mental health.
As an Ambassador for the Puente Hills Area, Lili looks forward to working with the community as a representative of Latino Outdoors.
Laura Torres – Contributor, Los Angeles
A lover of life and nature, Laura is currently working as the Los Angeles Field Representative for the National Parks Conservation Association. She is fueled by the desire to connect more urban residents to local natural spaces and to explore the Rim of the Valley. Moreover, she is interested in uplifting the multicultural history of Los Angeles. She sees a need for the National Park system to become more reflective of the history of Latinos, women and people of color.
Laura was born in Mexico City, where her connection to nature began with her family’s devotion to home cooked meals and connection to local foods. Her family is originally from an urban small town in Oaxaca and nature is an essential component of daily life, with celebrations that have been passed on from generation to generation and across borders.
She obtained her B.A. in Spanish from Grinnell College in Iowa, and her M.A. in Latin American Studies from Cal State Los Angeles. Later she combined her love for the outdoors with her academic and immigration activism. Participating in “Tour de Dreams” in 2010 was a transformational experience that solidified her commitment to combine her passion for protecting the environment, access to education for all, and immigration reform.
It has been an interesting road that lead Laura to work in conservation, as there was not an early connection to the “conservation” world. Laura has worked as a community organizer and parent advocate for educational reform and then as a project manager for community gardens in Los Angeles county. She is most interested in revitalization and reconnecting with nature on a daily basis.
As a Latino Outdoors Contributor for Los Angeles, Laura supports with local outings, and maintaining an active social media presence. Please contact Laura for any LO-related communications or collaborations at Laura@latinooutdoors.org.
David Garcia – Ambassador, Seattle
David is a bonafide bird nerd and spends most of his free time birding in Seattle parks and around the Pacific Northwest. Growing up in San Diego, David spent most of his childhood barefoot exploring the rolling hills and sandy beaches native to San Diego. David earned his B.A. in Environmental Policy from Fordham University in New York, where he volunteered at the New York Botanical Gardens as an environmental educator. David now lives in Seattle and works at Seattle Audubon Society providing environmental education and outdoor (bird-focused) experiences for children & youth. David plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Urban Environmental Education.
David’s most formative experiences growing up were in natural places or at the local nature center, so he is passionate about providing opportunities for all youth to have similar experiences connecting with nature in their communities and beyond.
As a Latino Outdoors Ambassador for Seattle, David will continue to provide outdoor learning experiences for young people in Seattle, and grow the LO familia by sharing his adventures within the community.
Ana Beatriz Cholo – Ambassador
Ana grew up being told that the outdoors and doing adventurous things was not for girls. When she was 17, she signed up for her first adventure – enlisting in the U.S. Navy.
After boot camp in Orlando, Florida and training in Meridian, Mississippi, she spent the following two years on the USS Simon Lake in Scotland. She was fond of telling her shipmates that women can be as strong as men and she proved that by lugging heavy boxes up and down steep ladders, working with the Seabees in Puerto Rico all while wearing a cute, olive-green uniform, doing light construction, driving a forklift and being in charge of a supply warehouse.
A daughter of Colombian and Brazilian parents, her native languages are Spanish and Portuguese. Ana’s first tent camping experience came later in life and that is when she fell head over heels in love with the outdoors, nature and spending time in the middle-of-nowhere. She loves hanging out with her 7-year-old son, hiking, backpacking, climbing mountains, cycling, kayaking, participating in triathlons and doing anything that sounds adventurous.
She is a former award-winning journalist who has worked for The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, the Associated Press and the Press-Telegram in Long Beach. Her work has appeared in TIME magazine, The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and other news outlets. She graduated from the University of Southern California and holds a dual degree in History and Print Journalism from the Annenberg School of Journalism & Communication.
As a Latino Outdoors Ambassador for Los Angeles, Ana will share her knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for the outdoors.
Josie Gutierrez – Program Coordinator, Southwest Region
Deeply rooted in the Latino community anchored by her father’s highly visible fame as the first Chicano feature-length filmmaking pioneer, Josie has had a lifelong dedication in celebrating the love of her heritage. Making cameo appearances in just about every film produced since the early age of 5. Josie shares her father’s passion as an activist with a story to tell. She founded the FitFunand blog which has established a significant following. Leveraging her message in this way, Josie is able to share her enthusiasm for outdoor fitness globally.
In her hometown of San Antonio, she keeps busy organizing running groups and outdoor events for her friends and co-workers. She ran her very first marathon at age 40 and she hasn’t stopped running ever since! Her attitude of “anything is possible at any age” is what she hopes to promote.
Josie has spent decades connecting to nature and loves nothing more than to share her love for the outdoors with her family, friends and followers. On any given weekend you will likely find Josie outdoors connecting, learning & exploring. Born and raised In San Antonio, TX Josie has had a wonderful outdoor playground, the Texas Hill Country. Openly sharing each step of her life’s journey, her intention is to awaken the childlike wonderment in all of us.
As a Program Coordinator for Latino Outdoors in the Southwest, Josie will engage, encourage and promote her love for Mother Nature in outdoor adventures and activities. Josie blogs at fitfunand.com (check it out!).
Gabe Vasquez, Program Coordinator, Las Cruces, NM
Gabe Vasquez is a first-generation native of El Paso, Texas, with family roots in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Gabe works as director of communications for a children’s advocacy nonprofit organization in Washington D.C. A graduate of New Mexico State University, he spent nearly a decade in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he worked as a newspaper editor, public relations professional, and most recently for a US Senator where he helped lead a public lands campaign to designate the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Gabe is an avid hiker, trail runner, and fisherman.
Michelle Piñon – Program Coordinator, Seattle
Hailing from sunny Southern California, Michelle is a Seattle transplant working to protect the Puget Sound. Her initial attraction to environmentalism arose while organizing against workers’ rights violations in the food industry. Through activism within her community, she began to question how communities form and connect to nature.
Michelle spends her free time exploring the US and learning about regional environmental issues (all while dodging wayward bears and enduring Gulf Coast heat waves). Michelle is excited to pursue her lifelong dream of living in the great Northwest, frolicking in alpine meadows and hiking with mountain goats.
As a Latino Outdoors Program Coordinator for the West Coast, Michelle will strive to reconnect folks to the nature by organizing hikes, bike rides and kayak paddles.
Miché Lozano – Ambassador, Portland, OR
Miché is an immigrant, first-generation, Gender-Queer Latinx. Born in México they grew up in southern Arizona. Their passion for the outdoors developed from an obsession with animals at a young age. They studied Environmental Science and Biology at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Miché is currently a Wildlife Biological Technician in Northern California.
They are also a Vandweller living the #Vanlife and they are an avid Rock climber traveling to Climbing crags whenever possible. Photography is an artistic outlet to document their travel and adventures. Miché also has a passion for local grassroots and social justice movements, you might bump into them at protests and rallies.
As a Latino Outdoors Ambassador, Miché will connect with other professionals and leaders to create outreach projects for marginalized groups to experience the outdoors. They are a certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Bilingual in Spanish and English, and have an ever-expanding knowledge of the natural world and an knack for exploration.
They are passionate about the education of outdoor recreation, outdoor etiquette, Inclusivity, de-colonization, Leave No Trace (LNT) ethics, climate change, and nature conservation. Miché wants to create positive outdoor experiences that will be documented through writing and photography through a Queer and decolonial lens.
Andres Esparza – Ambassador, Laramie, Wyoming
Andres Esparza is a graduate student at Western State Colorado University and the Colorado ambassador for Latino Outdoors. His years of experience in outdoor education and outdoor recreation have left him with a deep and profound love and respect of our public lands. Through his work with Latino Outdoors and land management agencies (NPS and BLM) he is working on assessing the cultural relevancy of public lands in Colorado and nationwide. Through these partnerships, Andres hopes to examine potential barriers to visitation of our public lands by diverse audiences. His vision for the future of public lands is culturally relevant and accessible nature experiences for all who desire one.
As a Latino Outdoors Colorado Ambassador for Gunnison, CO, Andres will carry out his Masters project focused on connecting underrepresented communities to their public lands. He will also serve as a point of contact in the Colorado area to help facilitate the process of discussing the cultural relevancy of public lands; both in Colorado and across the nation.
Alfonso Orozco – Ambassador, Washington State
Alfonso was born in agricultural Hollister, CA but grew up in Oakland. His interest in the outdoors was sparked from an Outdoor Leadership class he took at San Francisco State University, from which he later received a B.S. in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration. When he realized that backpacking existed, he made a personal goal of learning how to backpack. Little did he know that this interest would turn into a lifelong passion and career. It began with a Yosemite backpacking trip and evolved into positions with Bay Area Wilderness Training, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Alcatraz National Park, and Virgin Islands National Park. He quickly realized that he had a passion for the outdoors and education! With those two things in his heart he packed up all of his swim suits and sunscreen bottles and left his Virgin Islands position to to pursue a graduate degree in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He is currently working towards a Masters of Science in Natural Science Education at Teton Science School. In September of 2016, Alfonso will be promoting the Latino Outdoors mission from Laramie, Wyoming. In May of 2016, Outdoor 30 Under 30 recognized Alfonso as a young outdoor professional who is “challenging the status quo and driving the outdoor industry forward.”
As a Latino Outdoors Coordinator for the state of Washington, Alfonso will work to connect Latino families and young adults to the outdoors.
Asnoldo Benitez -Volunteer, Westminster, Colorado
Asnoldo was born in Pocatello, Idaho and moved to Colorado at age 14. His interest in the outdoors developed while exploring, observing, and discussing nature with his grandmother. As a Boy Scout, he learned how to enjoy nature with respect and preparedness. He feels most connected to the cottonwood tree –they have become a symbol of connection to his family, community, and the earth.
He graduated in 2009 with a degree in Civil Engineering. As a 2014 participant with the Natural Leaders Network, he was inspired to change career paths and build a canoe. He is currently the Outdoor Outreach Coordinator at Environment for the Americas (EFTA) – home of the international migratory bird day. Asnoldo enjoys bicycling, gardening, hiking, backpacking and DIY projects.
As a Volunteer, Asnoldo will engage the Latino community in sharing outdoor stories and experiences, while also helping build LO’s national infrastructure as a member of the Program Committee.
Graciela (Chela) Garcia Irlando – Program Coordinator, Denver, Colorado
Chela was born in Palo Alto, California and moved to Colorado at the age of 13. She is currently studying to become a yoga instructor through the Satya Yoga Immersion for People of Color. From a young age, Chela always preferred to be outside in her free time, exploring and learning from Mother Nature herself. She currently lives in Denver and loves to explore the Rockies – hiking, biking, fishing, snowboarding, gardening, and soaking in the Colorado sunshine!
She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in Ethnic Studies and International Affairs. Chela feels most connected to this earth when she is outdoors, with her hands in the dirt or on top of a mountain where she reflects on our role as guardians of this beautiful place all beings call home.
As the Program Coordinator for Colorado, Chela plans to organize and encourage the Latino community and youth to engage in the outdoors and to continue our story as caretakers of this land. She will organize outings and community gatherings to inspire Latino participation to preserve and enjoy the fresh Rocky Mountain air.
Remigio Mateo – Ambassador, Los Angeles, CA
Remi, who was born and raised in the Echo Park/Rampart neighborhood of Los Angeles, knew he was serious about hiking and the outdoors when he started spending much of his paycheck at REI. He’s explored Guatemala and visited the Mayan pyramids and plans on visiting ancient pyramids and monuments all over the world.
In the past, Remi was a casual hiker who would visit local trails a handful of times per year. Things changed for him in 2015, however, when he joined the 52 Hike Challenge, a movement that pushed him to explore his vast city more broadly and consistently for 52 consecutive weeks.
Remi graduated from California State University of Northridge with a degree in Sociology. He is currently a graduate student at Presidio Graduate School and expects to receive a Master of Public Administration in Sustainable Management in 2018.
He’s currently expanding his knowledge and skills of the outdoors by taking the Sierra Club’s Wilderness Travel Course, a 10-week program that educates people on outdoor survival and leadership skills. After successfully completing two Sierra Club wilderness experiences, he expects to graduate from the program in October 2016.
As a Latino Outdoors Ambassador for Los Angeles, Remi will connect Latino families to the beautiful areas of Southern California.
Joe Camacho – Ambassador, Seattle, Washington
Joe was born and raised in beautiful sunny Southern California. Although his home was located in the middle of a city (Pomona), he would spend time outdoors with his family at local parks and in the mountains north of Los Angeles. He followed his passion for nature and attended Humboldt State University where he completed his undergraduate degree in environmental education. Most recently he completed a one year residency program at IslandWood, an environmental education school on Bainbridge Island, WA. Currently, Joe is a graduate student at the University of Washington studying science education and is the president of the UW-SACNAS Chapter.
As a Latino Outdoors ambassador for Seattle, Joe will explore and learn in nature with his community.
Jennifer Adams – Regional Coordinator, SF Bay Area, CA (South Bay)
Jennifer was born and raised in San Jose, California. Her mother placed a seed for adventure by taking her to parks and allowing her to explore with her brother. As she got older her excitement for adventure grew stronger and her adventures expanded from just hikes to camping, biking, and kayaking.
She is working on her ecology evolutionary biology degree and one day would also like to be a teacher where she hopes to inspire students to find what they are passionate about. She also wants to try to preserve or restore habitats in the bay area so future generations can enjoy it.
As a Latino Regional Coordinator for the South Bay, Jennifer will help connect Latinos to the outdoors by reaching out to other organization that we could partner with. She will also display images on social media of amazing places to hike locally and other adventures she has.
Xitlaly Reyes – Ambassador, Tucson, AZ
Xitlaly was born in Yuma, Arizona to immigrant parents and raised in Blythe, California both towns are large agricultural communities located within the Sonoran Desert. Currently, Xitlaly lives in Tucson, Arizona and is working towards earning a bachelor’s in Latin American and Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona.
Xitlaly is working with CRiA (Collaborative Research in Action) to guide high school students through community research projects. Some of the students research topics revolve around police brutality, oppression, immigration, racism, and sexism. Xitlaly is also working with the Saguaro National Park on a project called “Lideres del Sendero”, a latino young adult hiking club. This project will connect the Latino community in Tucson to nature, hiking, and the great outdoors—-including Saguaro National Park.
As a Latino Outdoors Ambassador for Tucson, Arizona, Xitlaly will help connect the Latino/a community to the public lands in and around Tucson.
Albert Arevalo, Program Coordinator, Washington D.C
A native Texan and lover of BBQ, Albert is a proud alumnus of Texas State University-San Marcos—Eat ‘Em Up, Cats! Albert is passionate about making services accessible to everyone, particular minorities and low income communities. He been fortunate to work alongside colleagues and organizations that align with his moral compass. From connecting youth to their local parks to leading a Regional Litter Campaign in DC Albert is dedicated to improving the quality of life of the individuals he works with. In his free time, Albert loves to play tennis, hike, tweet on behalf of @PetTurtleOliver, and play kickball.
Daisy Rios Revele, Ambassador, Humboldt County, CA
Daisy is from Corona, California and is the first female in her family to have attended a university. Growing up she developed a relationship with the outdoors on camping trips with her family at a young age and was attached ever since. She has a passion for communicating and educating children about the environment. Daisy Rios graduated from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Management and Protection Major with an emphasis in Education and Interpretation. At Humboldt State, she was a staff member at the Latin@ Center of Academic Excellence where she utilized her position to connect with students and staff members regarding diversity in outdoor spaces.
As a Latino Outdoors Ambassador for Humboldt County, Daisy will engage online and in her community to diversify our outdoor spaces, connecting children and adults to nature.
Ruby Garcia, Executive Projects Coordinator, Humboldt County CA
Ruby Jean was born and raised in Fresno, California, where agriculture ignited a love for outdoor spaces. Growing up, she was intrigued by nature’s restorative qualities and humankind’s capacity for growth. These interests developed into a deep-rooted passion for outdoor recreation, an endeavor Ruby Jean believes to be an avenue for empowerment.
Today, Ruby Jean lives in Arcata, Ca. where she graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Recreation Administration. She is a member of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, and volunteers at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center in her free time. Her strong interests include Diversity and Inclusion, Self-Determination, and Community Development. In the future, Ruby Jean plans to continue her education using these interests to guide her research. To learn more about her, visit her here.
As the Executive Projects Coordinator, Ruby Jean’s work is heavily centered on supporting LO Leadership. Some of her favorite tasks include those associated with communications and partnership management. She provides guidance and support to LO staff as needed, and continuously seeks out meaningful ways to advance the LO mission.
Carlos Jorge Miranda, Website Coordinator & IT Support, San Francisco CA
Born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission district and currently resides there as well. Carlos gained a love for the outdoors through trips as a child throughout California and Baja Mexico with his Aunts and Uncles . A recent graduate at The University of San Francisco and works for City College of San Francisco as a Disabled student Aid. Father to a little boy named Mayu (Quechua for river) and a husband to Veronica. Carlos is very active in the community working with educational programs like Puente, bridging community college and University students as well as working with Disabled students to provide support and mentorship. As a former inner city youth Carlos was exposed to the harsh realities of poverty and juvenile wardship. This history has ignited a passion in education, social justice and inclusion for all underrepresented groups.
As a Latino Outdoors National Web Coordinator & IT Support, Carlos will bridge the gap with the outdoors and technology, utilizing technology as a tool to inform and express our immense passion to seek nature where we can.
Krystle N. Ramos, Ambassador, Los Angeles, CA
Dedicated to forming connections between the community and the outdoors, Krystle works as a guide leading experiential education trips for students of all ages and backgrounds. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she graduated from California State University, Northridge where she received her B.A. in Linguistics. As a child, her family planned camping and hiking trips where she discovered the joy of getting dirty and the rewards of pushing herself outside of her comfort zone. Since then Krystle has remained involved in the outdoors in various ways: student, educator, and advocate. She officially became part of the outdoor ed community in 2012 when she enrolled in recreation courses at her university. In 2013 she began and still continues to teach leadership and team building, practices Leave No Trace principles, and has become a Wilderness First Responder; she has led programs in the Los Angeles Area, Northern California, Costa Rica, and Thailand. * In addition to contributing to Latino Outdoors, Krystle enjoys exploring trails, backpacking, bagging peaks, building calluses at the crag, and/or drinking Mexican hot chocolate with her niece. *
As a Latino Outdoors Ambassador for Los Angeles, Krystle will seek to share her sense of adventure, appreciation for nature, and respect for all cultures with one and all by coordinating and promoting LO events, and increasing community engagement. She is passionate about providing a safe, fun, and welcoming environment for anyone interested in challenging themselves in new and exciting ways that foster growth and self-confidence.
Maricela Rosales – Brands Coordinator, Los Angeles CA
Maricela grew up in the heart of Los Angeles. Coming from a working class background she did not have true exposure to the outdoors until later in life. Maricela found her passion in climbing and the outdoors while attending UC Riverside where she graduated with a BA degree in Sociology/ Law & Society. Through her exposure to the outdoors Maricela pushed through disability barriers and found her calling. Maricela began working for Mad Rock Climbing as a tech rep and brand ambassador which, paved the way to further educating and immersing herself in the outdoor industry and the community. Maricela also works for Disability Rights Legal Center as the Community Advocacy Program Coordinator. Her work as coordinator is connecting the disability community with critical legal information and resources.
As the Latino Outdoors Brand Coordinator, Maricela will connect under-represented communities to their local State and National Parks. Organizing monthly hikes, climbing events, and expanding accessibility to different types of outings. Fostering excitement, advocacy, and stewardship. Maricela brings her nonprofit experience in leadership development and training from her previous work in community outreach, and engagement. Her mission is to create a snowball effect that enhances the experience of Spanish-speaking families and to build a strong awareness of the organization’s mission.
Guadalupe Sotelo- Volunteer, Tucson AZ
Lupe was born and raised in Anaheim, California. Lupe moved from California to Arizona when they started high school, and eventually attended the University of Arizona in Tucson. They graduated with a bachelors in biology and minors in biochemistry and physiology with the intent to go into a health-related profession. However, always being the plant and nature enthusiast Lupe is, they could not stay away from an ecology route. In addition, participating in “Lideres del Sendero”, a Latinx young adult hiking club, only fueled their passion for the outdoors more. After graduation, Lupe was immediately employed by Saguaro National Park as a Next Generation Ranger under the Resource Management Department. Their job duties have varied from environmental education, conducting frog and dragonfly surveys, coordinating phenology projects, and one of their favorites, eradicating invasive plants from the park.
Their love and devotion for the outdoors has left Lupe with the intent to share their knowledge to the community about the importance of native plants especially those found in the Sonoran Desert, likewise, Lupe hopes to bring more Latinx folk not only to National Parks but to the outdoors.
Veronica Miranda – Social Media Coordinator
Veronica is a 1st generation Mexican-American who grew up in San Jose, CA. Growing up the outdoors consisted of neighborhood parks and Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz, CA. The love for the outdoors grew stronger with her later in life enjoying bird watching, hiking, spending the day at the beach and car camping at California’s State and National Parks. Veronica currently attends City College of San Francisco where she studies Early Childhood Education in hopes to one day become a preschool teacher focusing on special needs. Veronica’s interests are car camping, photography, jewelry making, and scrapbooking. Veronica lives in San Francisco, CA with her husband, son and 2 cats.
As Latino Outdoors Social Media Coordinator, Veronica will bridge the gap between Latinx and Social Media, bringing people from all walks of life together to share their experiences with nature.
Bianca Velasquez-Perez – Volunteer, San Antonio, Texas
Bianca Velasquez-Perez is an aspiring doctor of physical therapy with a passion for exploring the outdoors. She was born and raised in Eagle Pass, Texas, a small border town with Pierdas Negras, Coahuila, Mexico and moved to San Antonio, Texas to complete her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitative Science at The University of The Incarnate Word.
On her free time, Bianca is out volunteering with multiple non-profit organizations around the San Antonio area or serving as a Texas State Parks Ambassador for Guadalupe River State Park, where she actively serves through hands on service projects, community outreach and social media. Bianca is passionate about photography and capturing the beauty of nature with the goal that her photos will remind people that we live in a beautiful world that is worth exploring.
As a Latino Outdoors ambassador, Bianca will create awareness for the opportunities that the nature can provide in the Southwest region and plans to continue creating diversity within the outdoors.
Angelica Muñoz- Volunteer, Humboldt County, CA
Born and raised in the tiny coastal town of Fort Bragg, CA, Angelica only knew the life of being nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Coastal Redwood forests. Her exposure to rural areas gave her an inherent love and comfort of being outside and enjoying the calm and beauty of all that nature holds, but also an understanding that humans are a part of that picture, and there needs to be a balance between the two’s relationship. Therefore, she knew that pursuing Environmental Studies at Humboldt State University would provide her with a strong foundation for a career in environmental work/justice. As of December 2017, she is an official graduate of the program As a Latino Outdoors Volunteer for the Humboldt Chapter, Angelica will continue to be a part of diversifying and creating a space for both students and community members in Humboldt to explore and care for the natural areas in their home while having fun!
Johanna Rivera – Volunteer, Humboldt County, CA
Johanna Rivera is first generation Salvadoran-American, born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. As a youth living in a concrete jungle, her early interest in the outdoors came from watching television nature shows on PBS. Once an adult, Johanna made the move to live in the redwood forest of Humboldt County and studied at Humboldt State University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Wildlife Conservation & Management. Her love for preserving the outdoors has lead Johanna to aid in conservation projects such as Manu Bird Project in the Andes of Peru, Reintroduction of the Scarlet Macaw in the jungle of Palenque, Mexico and the Wood Boring Beetle Project of Institute for Bird Populations in the Sierra’s of California. Currently, Johanna is working toward graduate school for a Master’s in Biological Sciences. As a Latino Outdoors Volunteer for Humboldt County, Johanna plans to inspire others about the importance of protecting our natural environments by sharing her knowledge on birds, insects, plants, mushrooms and how we are all connected, therefore hoping others find the nature as a resource for healing.