Board of Directors Spotlight: Vanessa Aramayo

What’s your favorite park, trail, or natural space in the greater Los Angeles area?

My family and I have enjoyed hiking Eaton Canyon the most, mainly because it’s small, kid-friendly, includes water streams, and is close to home. One of our favorite Los Angeles area parks is Griffith Park because there is SO much to do; a hike, picnic, horseback riding, a bike ride — and again, so accessible (close to home). 

What or who inspires you in your field of work? 

I’m inspired by ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Whether it is a grandparent or parent with limited time who commits to taking a training to better understand the education system for their child/children, or a young person who wants to learn more on an issue, about their environment or community and be able to make a positive impact. There are examples of this every day of people that are motivated to create better opportunities for others; increasing their knowledge, their engagement, and taking action for better change. 

Why are you excited to serve on the Nature for All board?

I am excited to serve on this board because Nature for All authentically engages communities of color on issues that have deep impacts to our communities. Too often, our communities lack a diversity of voices in discussing how to address these issues. 

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