Marcia has been involved in educational program design, development and implementation for nearly twenty years. The focus of her work has been in the areas of citizenship, deep listening, dialogue across differences, and conflict resolution. She has managed and developed programs within the United States and in a global context. Marcia’s passion is empowering individuals to give their gifts in service of the welfare of the larger community. She earned a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Marcia loves to dance, hike and cook. Her hometown is Tulsa, Oklahoma, but she considers the Bay area to be “the home of her heart.”
“Joining the Pachamama Alliance is a dream come true for me. I first learned of this deeply transformational organization when I was a student at the California Institute of Integral Studies and was intrigued by the message and the mission. It is the honor of a lifetime to participate in changing the dream of the modern world to promote a deeper understanding of community, a clearer commitment to living in harmony with nature, and a greater commitment to justice. ”
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Program Developer, Founding Board Member
Tracy has been involved since the inception, and was one of the primary people responsible for bringing the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium into being, as well as for creating and leading the Facilitator training program in the US and abroad. She is overall responsible for the content and message of Pachamama educational programs and for the effectiveness of the training programs. She also participates as a founding member of the Pachamama Board of Directors.
“One of my favorite things is traveling and finding that the message of Awakening the Dreamer totally resonates in people in so many different areas, countries, cultures and
languages. People light up no matter where they are—it’s just amazing! It is such a joy to be a carrier of this work.”
Tracy received an MA in Curriculum Development from UC Berkeley School of Education and taught gifted elementary school children in Richmond, CA. She was a founding member of The Hunger Project and a family oral historian for many years. She has been a camp counselor for kids from NYC slums, led youth hostel bicycle trips around Europe, led to donor trips to Africa and Bangladesh, and guided spiritual adventure travels in Tibet, Mongolia, Bhutan, Peru, Ethiopia, Morocco, Cuba. All roads have led to the same place: the majesty of the human heart, spirit and the natural world; an exploration of grace; and a living inquiry into what it means to live life for the benefit of all.
Engagement Coordinator – Global
Born and raised in Lima, Perú, Maisa holds a degree in Journalism and Social Communication.
“I decided to get into action by volunteering at an organization that was directly working towards my goal, the goal of changing the ways we are accustomed to and that take away any opportunity for a brighter future and for a more just world. I knocked on the door of the Pachamama Alliance as an intern and simply fell in love with the mission and the people involved. I kept my eyes open for any job opportunity with them and when it did I was so thrilled. I am filled with gratitude for this opportunity.”
Maisa comes from a family dedicated to social change and equality. Influenced by her family’s vision, she came to discover her true passion while working in the nonprofit field and with children for 10 years in San Francisco. During that time, it became evident to her that the younger generation needed and deserved a just world; the world that her own parents envisioned for all.
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Online Engagement Coordinator
Jason handles a broad range of functions, ranging from communicating with our volunteers to supporting the educational Programs team. He also develops, supports, and implements core elements of the online interface of The Pachamama Alliance’s engagement strategy.
“Social justice is not a single issue, it takes everyone to create a sustainable world. I am drawn to The Pachamama Alliance because of its unique position to reach out to other groups and individuals to become the common ground that brings us together for a common goal – a better, sustainable world.”
He is a diverse activist with a wide range of experience. Jason worked at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in a number of positions including Senior Youth Outreach Specialist, Circus Monitor, and Senior Projects Specialist. He has traveled the country documenting and reporting animal abuse and neglect within the entertainment industry, including Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and the NYC horse drawn carriage industry. For over five years Jason toured with two of the largest music events in North America, bringing the animal rights message to over 20,000 people, 13-25 age demographic, on a daily basis. As a member of The International Association of Internet Broadcasters (IAIB), Jason now spends his free time producing, editing and recording videos and podcasts on a variety of topics.
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Engagement Coordinator – US
Ana is responsible for engaging new and existing members of the US Pachamama community in the various elements of our educational programs, and for serving as a liaison to the community, including communications and support structures.
“I am so jazzed to be a part of the Pachamama Alliance team, where the mission and vision that has been living in my heart and soul is now aligned. I feel so fortunate, too, for the opportunity to collaborate with people in the community who facilitate, lead and participate in our programs- they are incredibly talented, compassionate and proactive! Being in service of the planet together is a joy and an honor.”
Prior to joining the Pachamama team, Ana had a career in public education, working as a teacher and leader to bring an environmental focus to classrooms and schools and to serve culturally and linguistically diverse students and their families. More recently, she has been working on an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise and held several positions doing sustainability work, engaging people in implementing sustainable practices in their homes and workplaces.
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Program Manager, Game Changer Intensive
As its Program Manager, Mario is accountable for the success of the Game Changer Intensive, an online education and leadership development course. As a springboard from the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium, the Intensive builds human capacity to more effectively engage in collective action.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of an organization that understands systemic change requires collective action and deep, personal transformation. The depth and courage of the staff at the Pachamama Alliance and its astounding cohort of volunteers and partners is an incredible asset in making the Game Changer Intensive not only a life-changing course but a world-changing one!”
Mario brings a diverse background in social justice, youth empowerment, education and technology to his role as the Program Manager of the Game Changer Intensive. He’s worked closely with various youth-focused organizations throughout the Bay Area, developed curriculum and most recently, managed a technical team of client-facing technologists at a software company in San Francisco.
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Program Coordinator, Game Changer Intensive
Ariel moved to the Bay Area from Washington State after receiving a BA in Native Studies and Sustainable Development from The Evergreen State College. This background in social and ecological justice, combined with an affinity for technology, led to her current role at The Pachamama Alliance assisting with the development and presentation of online courses.
“I feel immensely lucky to have found work where I can fully utilize both my interest in technology and my desire to make the world, in some small capacity, a better place. My interests and passions have taken me from my small island home in Puget Sound, across the world from the Alps to the Andes, and amazingly all the way to the edges of the known universe and back. Now that I’m here at this incredible organization with such impassioned and inspiring people around me, I feel I’ve landed back home.”
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Program Development Manager
Ruel has responsibility for the various training programs that participants can take after the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium: the Getting Into Action Workshop, the Symposium Facilitator Training, and the Facilitator Training Leaders’ Program.
“The message of the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium brings together all of the most important perspectives on the world that have guided my life to this point: love of the Earth, respect for all of humanity, depth of spirit, and the essential role of community and collective wisdom in helping us find our way home.”
Beginning in 2005, Ruel helped design and implement the training program for facilitators of the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium, based on his studies of psychology, indigenous cultures, shamanism, and spirituality. He is also a practicing attorney (specializing in handling cases before state and federal courts of appeal) and a licensed psychotherapist, with degrees in law from The University of Texas Law School and in counseling psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.