Mariana graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a dual degree in Sociology & Anthropology and Environmental Policy. She joins WCV after working to elect environmental champions to our state legislature as one of our Community Engagement & Campaign Interns. She grew up in Mexico City and visits family often. During her time as a student, Mariana spent a summer conducting ethnographic research in Indigenous artisan communities in Oaxaca, Mexico, exploring the cultural and environmental sustainability of artisan livelihood. Outside of WEC, Mariana is also a politics leader with young activists at Sunrise Tacoma. She enjoys listening to podcasts, spending time outside biking or hiking, playing guitar and singing, and exploring the vegan food scene in Seattle.