meet the squad
Amanda Machado is a writer, educator, and facilitator who is passionate about exploring the intersection between storytelling, social justice and the outdoors. Amanda has been published in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Harper’s Bazaar, Vox, Quartz, Business Insider, and others, and has worked as a social justice editor for Matador Network, the world’s largest independent travel magazine.
José G. González is the Founder of Latino Outdoors. He is an experienced educator as a K-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty. He will serve on BE not only as an advisor, but as a creative contributor as well.
Makshya is a writer and cook currently living in the Bay Area. She can be found at @processdaily, building a platform that affirms and celebrates the role that women of color play as chefs, potters, and storytellers in our communities. Makshya graduated from Stanford University, where she studied American Studies and Creative Writing.
Olivia has a B.A. in Geography and Latin American Studies from California State University, Chico. She is woman of color who identifies as mixed race and Latina, and is now the Operations Manager for City Surf Project in San Francisco. She lives in El Granada, loves burritos, is a visual artist, photographer, musician, and will never stop exploring the outdoors.