Claudia Pineda Tibbs
Conservation & Science Planning and Operations Manager
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey, California, USA
In her longtime roles in bilingual education and outreach at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Claudia has worked to empower students and teachers to take action on behalf of the ocean all the while facilitating activities and experiences to help them develop their own environmental identity. Claudia has been featured on local and national English and Spanish-language programing such as the Disney Channel and ¡Despierta América! on Univision. Claudia has served as a contributing writer for the National Resource Defense Council’s Spanish language blog, “La Onda Verde” and launched the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Spanish-language Facebook page, “Tu Monterey Bay Aquarium”, resulting in the first Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) accredited institution to have a bilingual social media presence. Claudia has advised the Aquarium on culturally and developmentally appropriate messaging to maintain Spanish-language consistency, resulting in more powerful and emotional experiences for guests to deepen their connection to the ocean and further the aquarium’s reach on and off-site.
Before joining the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Claudia held various community outreach and multicultural education positions along the central coast of California. Claudia received her B.S. in Earth Systems, Science and Policy with a concentration in Marine and Coastal Ecology from the California State University, Monterey Bay. Claudia attributes her passion for environmental advocacy, environmental justice issues and passion for education to her high school science teacher, Ms. Stevens from South Gate High School.
Claudia is now the Conservation & Science Planning and Operations Manager at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where she oversees the organization’s progress towards more sustainable business operations and encouraging employee involvement in achieving sustainability goals related to zero carbon emissions and zero waste.
Jenny F. de la Hoz PhD
Facilitator and Equity Consultant
Center for Equity and Inclusion
Portland, Oregon, USA
Dr. Jenny de la Hoz is a cultural and community connector. As a young immigrant child from “La Tierra del Olvido,” Colombia, she quickly learned the skills of observation, translation, and reinterpretation of key social concepts for her parents. These skills are an important cornerstone for her current work as a facilitator, communicator, researcher, and community liaison in the environmental and equity fields.
Dr. Jenny has worked in many sectors of the science communication field for over 25 years. Beginning with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, she helped establish their bilingual, bicultural programming which included connecting over 1,600 Head Start families annually to the aquarium and ocean conservation. At the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Dr. Jenny helped bridge environmental communities in the Portland-Vancouver metro area creating spaces for the voices and identities of marginalized communities in the mainstream environmental movement. In her current work as an equity facilitator, Dr. Jenny helps organizations see how communication, adaptability, and patience helps make for a stronger and longer-lasting bottom line with clients and personnel.
Dr. Jenny’s research is focused on centering new voices in the environmental movement. She has looked at the largest growing minority group, the Latinx community, to study the patterns of communications and identity creation. Her work uncovers the existing deep connections Latinx have with the environment and the stories that resonate with their multiethnic, rich backgrounds. She is interested in how Latinx and other immigrant communities are linking old traditions and ways of knowing with new technologies and ideas in order to create new, intricate, truth-telling stories.
Dr. Jenny and her work has been featured on television, radio, and print. She is an ideator and is interested in working with others to make science more quickly accessible to all people, especially to communities who are directly impacted by the information.
José G. González
Sacramento, California, USA
José González is an educator, illustrator, and conservationist, and he is the founder of Latino Outdoors, a national nonprofit organization working to connect Latinx communities in the U.S. with a diversity of outdoor experiences. José was named one of the “Grist 50: The 50 People You’ll Be Talking About in 2016” by Grist.org, and his commentary on diversity and environmental outreach has been featured by High Country News, Outside, Earth Island Journal, Latino USA, The Sacramento Bee, R.E.I., and the Sierra Club. José has been engaged in collaborations with the California State Legislature, as well as the White House Council on Environmental Quality, U.S. Department of Interior, and the National Park Service during the Obama Administration. He received the 2015 National Conservation Education Award from the National Wildlife Federation and the 2016 Rising Leader Award from The Murie Center. He is a candidate for the 2018 Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award from UCLA.
As an educator, José has broad experience spanning K-12, postsecondary, and informal settings. He received his M.S. in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS), and completed his teaching credential coursework in Bilingual Multicultural Education at California State University, Sacramento. As a public school teacher, José has taught courses for at-risk youth, and at middle school and high school levels. As adjunct faculty at the National Hispanic University, he has taught courses on Science Methods and Math Methods at the Teacher Education Department. And as a Program Coordinator with the California Mini-Corps Program, he trained and led undergraduate students to provide instructional services to migrant students in California school districts and in outdoor education programs.
José is now an outdoor engagement and cultural competency consultant and the founder of Conservation Cultura, which seeks to create a pooled philanthropic fund to disburse grants catalyzing outdoor and environmental engagement projects serving U.S. Latinx communities.
José was born in Mexíco and emigrated to California as a child.