Barbara (she/her) was born in Teocaltiche, Mexico and moved to California as a kid. She was inspired to follow a career in habitat restoration after witnessing the disproportional impact that climate change has on BIPOC communities. Barbara has a degree in Forestry and Natural Resources from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining Grassroots Ecology, she worked in restoration, botany, and community science for nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and academia. Barbara is passionate about connecting people to nature by making spaces accessible to all, demystifying community science, and working towards environmental justice and equity. She enjoys cooking, rock climbing, playing various instruments, caring for plants, and hiking across California.