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Maritza Arizaga

AFFILIATION: Western Resources Advocates

TITLE: Equity & Community Engagement Manager

LOCATION: Colorado

LANGUAGE: English, Spanish

EXPERTISE AREA: Conservation, DEIJ, Environmental Justice, Environmental Racism, Hispanic/Latine/A/O Communities, Indigenous/Native Communities, Sustainability


As an interdisciplinary thinker, Maritza is an advocate of environmental justice and equitable conservation. She strives to facilitate opportunities that empower and amplify the voices of communities most impacted by climate change. She embraces difficult conversations to transform conservation/environmental paradigms to dismantle systems of oppression. As a network weaver, she enjoys connecting with peers and colleagues in the pursuit of transformational change. Growing up in Western Colorado as a first-generation Latina, Maritza was deeply involved in servant leadership and contributed numerous hours to her community in the Grand Valley and Roaring Fork regions of Colorado. Those years formed her love for the outdoors, the importance of sense of belonging, and the realization of the injustices that inhibit communities in the West. These principles eventually led her to a career in sustainability which validated that people, environment, and economy are all interconnected.

She acquired her passion for community-led conservation and facilitation during her tenure at The Nature Conservancy where she collaborated with practitioners across the globe using systems-thinking methodologies to develop community-led conservation practices that elevate the voice, choice, and action of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities. After her time at TNC, Maritza returned to local work and supported the City of Fort Collins as Senior Sustainability Specialist. She drove equitable public outreach, communications, and involvement processes to engage stakeholders in implementing equitable ongoing services aimed at improving indoor and outdoor air quality, implementing climate action planning, and increasing recycling and waste diversion. At WRA, as Equity and Community Engagement Manager, she fosters equity efforts by coaching and partnering with WRA team members concerning shared principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, as well as building authentic partnerships with diverse communities, individuals, and coalitions who have been disproportionately impacted by climate change.


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