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 them 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 West Coast team in the Fall of 2020. Marysia aims to strengthen Biocitizen’s relationships with our human and otherwise community here in LA by developing the organization’s culture, program accessibility, and collaboration in local stewardship efforts.
Her favorite magic trick? Pausing in the field with groups 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.