Masters student, Urban Sustainability and Applied Spatial Analysis for Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Demi (she/her/ella) is the daughter of working class Mexican immigrants and the youngest of ten siblings raised in Riverside, California. As a first generation student, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at California State University San Bernardino and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Urban Sustainability and Applied Spatial Analysis for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Antioch University. Demi was a 2020 Switzer Fellow, graduate of Nature for All’s Leadership Academy, certified as a California Naturalist and served on the student advisory board for the California Native Plant Society. She currently works as the California Desert Program Manager for the National Parks Conservation Association. Demi’s love of nature and desire to restore our relationship to land have led to graduate work that centers public lands conservation, land stewardship and improved access to nature for environmental justice, People with Disabilities and BIPOC communities. Demi enjoys hiking with her two dogs, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.