Mariana has had a lifelong fascination with Joshua trees and the otherworldliness of the desert. She lived in Joshua Tree, California, for several years directing landscape conservation campaigns with the Conservation Lands Foundation. Before that she spent eight years in Washington, D.C., working in Congress on policy issues including natural resources, renewable energy, and public lands. She is currently a Public Relations Officer for the SFMTA and in her spare time works as a communications, public relations, and advocacy strategy consultant. Mariana adds valuable communications and federal policy experience to our Board of Directors. She holds a BA in Political Science from UCLA and an MA in Social and Public Policy from Georgetown University. She has also served as a Public-at-Large representative on the Bureau of Land Management Desert Advisory Council (DAC). Learn more about Mariana here: www.linkedin.com/in/marianamaguire/
Mariana’s best memories of the desert include visiting Death Valley as a child, shooting stars, the smell of wet creosote, the unbridled joy of rain, rabbitbrush, dusk, unpaved roads, washouts, and through-hiking Joshua Tree National Park with dear desert friends.