Marysia (she/hers) originally hails from Nipmuck and Pequot-Mohegan occupied territories of Northeastern Quinnehtukqut. Her childhood was painted by the lush river valleys: with fish ridden stream bends, moss laden hemlock trunks, and dusk coyote songs.
She earned degrees in Political Science and Environmental Studies from the University of Connecticut with a focus on conservation ecology, community health, and eco-justice. In 2018, she received a NSF grant to study the importance of connecting natural and cultural history in educational materials throughout parks and public-protected lands. While performing some of her research in subantarctic Chile, Marysia’s path crossed with Biocitizen leaders Vicente and Jesse. This meeting fertilized dreams of collaboration on place based education across the America’s, and an excitement to contribute with her years of teaching, community organizing, and outdoor leadership experience. After leading Our Place, CLAWS overnights, and program development in Western Massachusetts, she joined the West Coast team in the Fall of 2020. Marysia aims to develop Biocitizen’s relationships with our human and otherwise living community here in LA by supporting the organization’s culture, program accessibility, and collaboration in local stewardship efforts.
Her favorite magic trick? Pausing to share a healthy pour of water with sleepy mosses and lichen – invigorating their color in magical fashion – as an insight to these small but powerful bodies! Her outlook on life? She’s a playful optimist and hopes to share that energy with the next generation. How to get in touch? Drop her a line via email for the quickest response.
Off the clock, Marysia is an avid tech-less activist and can be found dancing with a local wave or mountain in protest.