Michael A. Estrada

Olivia VanDamme // Contributor

Michael A. Estrada
Olivia VanDamme // Contributor

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. Her passion for humans' relationship to nature began as a young girl on a 2nd grade field trip to the tide pools, and subscription to National Geographic magazine from her dad. She began rock climbing at 15 years old and fell in love with the sport in Southern California where she was born and raised. In college while studying abroad in Costa Rica and Brazil she began surfing which pushed her to pursue her dream of living off California's Pacific Coast Highway so she can be close to the ocean. Olivia worked as a NHRE assistant research intern at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in botany and anthropology, then in environmental education in La Honda, California, and now is 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. She is a member of the Environmental Educators of Color, alumni of Youth Outside's Rising Leaders Fellowship, and spoke at the This Way to Sustainability Conference at Chico State. She also spoke and participated in the Institute for Women Surfers 2017 at Stanford University. Olivia has volunteered for or worked for over 8 non-profits in the environmental education field, and is excited to become a leader in the sector to continue standing for authentic involvement of people of all backgrounds in her field.