Ruby Jean was born and raised in Fresno, California, where agriculture inspired a love for outdoor spaces. Growing up, she was intrigued by nature’s restorative qualities and humankind’s capacity for growth. Eventually, these interests merged into a deep-rooted passion for outdoor recreation, an endeavor Ruby Jean believes to be an avenue for empowerment. Today, she lives in Arcata, Ca., where she advocates for a more diverse outdoor recreation culture. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Recreation Administration from Humboldt State University, and is now working towards her entry to their Public Sociology program. Ruby Jean serves as the Executive Projects Coordinator for Latino Outdoors, an organization that suits her passion for people and the outdoors. Her strong interests include Diversity and Inclusion, Self-Determination, and Community Development. In the future, she plans to continue her education using these interests to guide her research.
Ruby was selected to participate in SHIFT’s Emerging Leaders Program in 2016.
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