Tell us about your career journey.
How much time do you have? I am someone who had a very clear sense of purpose and direction from an early age. That led me to start working in my community in middle school and the rest, as they say, is history! A White House internship, degree in journalism, career in social media strategy, and a 501(c)(3) later, we arrive at today.
Who inspires you and why?
I’m inspired by unapologetic Black womxn using their unique and innate skills to change the world. When Black womxn lead, we all win.
What does sustainability mean to you?
Sustainability is wellness to me. It's being in accord with yourself, with your planet. Taking and doing only what you need, nothing less, nothing more. It's a way of living.
Tell us (more) about Hike Clerb.
Hike Clerb began in 2017 as a radical solution to issues I was seeing and experiencing in the outdoors! Over the years, we have taken an unconventional and creative approach to equip BIWOC with the tools, education, and resources they need to heal collectively in nature from LA and beyond.
The threat of discrimination often prevents BIWOC from experiencing public spaces in the same way others can. How does Hike Clerb work against this?
We work to make BIWOC not only feel seen but supported so that they are going into these spaces confident with a sense of belonging.
How do intersectionality and environmentalism work together?
There’s this saying that goes, “feminism without intersectionality is just white supremacy.” It also applies to environmentalism! If we aren’t recognizing how the intersections of one’s identity (i.e., physical ability, socio-economic status, race, gender, etc.) play a role in the way they fit into the larger environmental equation, then we’re falling short. Environmentalism must be intersectional to properly address the inequities that are present.