Anahi Naranjo is an environmental justice advocate and storyteller. Born and raised in the Andes of Ecuador, she explored her cultural ties to the land on her grandparents’ maize farm. She was uprooted to the United States in 2002, where she began to see disparities in access to healthy, green spaces in New York City. Interested in conservation, she often found her own voice and others like hers silenced in dominant environmental narratives.
Anahi is an alumni of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington. She received a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Middlebury College, where she paved the way to create more inclusive outdoor spaces through beginner hiking, backpacking trips, and discussions to tackle the issue on campus. She is interested in exploring how narratives and an exploration of histories can empower local communities to become agents of change to ignite policy actions and awareness.