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Meet the Team

 

Gabriela Miranda-Diaz

Director

Gabriela Miranda-Diaz is a Puerto Rican born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Since a young age, she's been presenting in conferences regarding education and conservation biology. She has been involved in academic research with the American Museum of Natural History and worked as a docent/educator with the Wildlife Conservation Society. Currently, she is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Communications in the CUNY BA program. Gabriela founded Puerto Rico Environmental Action Lab with the goal of improving the island's infrastructure and economy through conservation and sustainable development.

Ian Evans

Co-Director

Ian Evans is a fourth generation Brooklynite who is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Sustainability with a Minor in Health and Nutrition. He is an urban farmer who transformed his Brooklyn backyard into a permaculture garden space that has seven hens. He turned his love of nature and animals into a productive hobby. As well as having a background in volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and vocational training in plumbing and electrical maintenance, he is an intellectual who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. He wants to do work in food justice to address food deserts and do his part in reversing climate change.

Ciana Perez

Regional Director (Syracuse)

Ciana Perez was born in Dallas, Texas. Since childhood, she dreamed of being a scientist and an educator. Ciana is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science with a focus in renewable energy at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She  interned with Syracuse University's Center for Sustainable Community Solutions. Her goal is to make solar panels more affordable and readily available for the masses.

Bridget McCann

Interregional Communications Officer

Bridget began her college education at Kingsborough Community College where she studied Earth and Planetary Sciences with a minor in Sociology. At K.C.C she was involved with the Urban Farm and the Eco-festival. She attended the Master Composter Course at Brooklyn Botanic Garden in 2017. Bridget is now at Brooklyn College studying Urban Sustainability, where she is focusing on environmental and social sciences, as well as socio political economics. Bridget’s passion is to fight poverty, climate chaos and injustice by learning/teaching how to grow food, build resilient communities and undo racism.

 

Advisory Board

 
 

Dr. Rosalina Diaz

Dr. Diaz has taught Anthropology, Education and Women’s Studies
with the City University of New York for over 20 years. She served as Supervising Anthropology Instructor for the world renowned American Museum of Natural History. She received her doctorate in Urban Education with a minor in Anthropology from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2006. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, where she focuses on culturally responsive teaching practices. She has written several articles, books and chapters on the subject of multicultural education, gender and indigeneity. Her most recent research on the Taino, “El Grito de Caguana”, was published in 'O Brave New World:' The Archaeology of Identity in Contexts of Dissonance, In D. F. George and B. Kurchin (Eds.), University of Florida Press, 2019.