Marysia (she/hers) originally hails from Nipmuck and Pequot-Mohegan territories of Northeastern Quinnehtukqut. Her childhood was painted with lush river valleys – fish hidden in stream bends, moss laden hemlock trunks, and dusk coyote songs.
She earned degrees in both Political Science and Environmental Studies from the University of Connecticut with a focus on conservation ecology 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 in Chile. It was in those temperate rainforests of the subantarctic that Marysia’s path crossed with Biocitizen leaders Jesse and Vicente. Connecting with Biocitizen offered an opportunity to continue focusing on place based education while utilizing 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 Los Angeles team in the Fall of 2020. Marysia is excited to be growing our program depth, community, accessibility, and collaboration in local stewardship efforts. She continues to engage with her founding joys by helping build relationships between people and the diverse cultures to species we co-inhabit with. Her favorite magic trick? Pausing with a group to share a healthy pour of water with sleepy mosses and lichen – invigorating their color in magical fashion – as an introduction to these small but powerful bodies! Her outlook on life? She’s a spirited problem solver and hopes to share that energy with the next generation. How to get in touch? Shoot her an email for the quickest response.
Off the clock, Marysia is an avid tech-less activist and can be found dancing down a local wave or trail in protest.