Leierin Carney

Leierin (she/they) is a Climate Action Fellow through Americorps. Leierin has spent the last year working on multiple community projects at Fresno Metro Ministry and has chosen to serve a second term. Yo’Ville Community Garden and Farm Incubator is a project that gave her an opportunity to help design a community food forest, teach a… Continue Reading Leierin Carney

Melissa Rodriguez

Melissa Rodriguez (she/her) is from a small rural area in the San Joaquin Valley. Justice Outside intrigued her because she was interested in learning more about the outside environment. Melissa grew up in a small town where there weren’t any environmental resources. She hopes joining Justice Outside this year will help her conquer new goals… Continue Reading Melissa Rodriguez

Kayri Garcia

Kayri Garcia (she/her) was born and raised in the Central Valley. She is from the small town of Newman, CA. She is a recent first-generation graduate from the University of California-Merced where she earned a B.A. with honors in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies.  During her time in undergrad, Kayri published community-participatory research on Latino… Continue Reading Kayri Garcia

Jaylyn Petra Areizaga

Jaylyn (she/her/hers) is a 20-year-old college student studying geography. She chose geography because it studies an area’s overall history, including environmental and socioeconomic aspects. The state of one’s being can be traced back and Jaylyn recognizes this in every piece of land. Outside of academics, she enjoys moving her body by running, hiking, and basically… Continue Reading Jaylyn Petra Areizaga

Adriana Becerra

Adriana Becerra (she/her) is joining  OEI because she is interested in a career in outdoor education. She was raised in the Central Valley,  Visalia, California,  and attended Fresno State University to pursue a degree in Liberal Arts to become an elementary school teacher. Adriana recently completed a very fulfilling internship with SCICON, an outdoor science… Continue Reading Adriana Becerra

Rafael Gomez

Rafael Gomez (he/him/his) was born and raised in the city of Fresno, California. Rafa spent a lot of his youth observing his community and wondering about the causes of the conditions he saw and the forces at work that brought people such as himself, his family, and friends, to their present conditions as well as influencing… Continue Reading Rafael Gomez

Eduardo De Leon

Eduardo De Leon (he/his) was born and raised in Fresno, CA. He is very interested in sustainable technology, sustainable agriculture, and restoring/remediating our ecology. As a mycologist, Eduardo is a fanatic of all things mushrooms and likes to cultivate gourmet mushrooms, as well as cook them and create old and ancient dishes. He is rooted… Continue Reading Eduardo De Leon

Natalie Delgado

Natalie Delgado (she/hers) identifies as an outdoor enthusiast, scholar, and artist. In 2017, she graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies and a minor in Latin-American Studies. She spent most of her time in the mental health field where she developed students’ socio-emotional skills and aided survivors of domestic violence.… Continue Reading Natalie Delgado

Jacqui Montero

Jacqui Montero(they/she) is the program director of a summer camp in Groveland, CA whose mission is creating accessible programming for individuals with disabilities. In their off-time, they enjoy sewing, cooking, hiking, kayaking, and birding. Jacqui is excited to return to OEI as a program assistant, after participating as a member of Fall 2021’s Fresno cohort!… Continue Reading Jacqui Montero

Verónica Ramírez

Verónica Ramírez (she/her) was raised in the heart of California, the San Joaquin Valley. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of California, Merced. With the support of her family and friends, Verónica studied abroad in Auckland, New Zealand, where she was introduced to the kiwi bird and the Māori culture. She… Continue Reading Verónica Ramírez