Francesca Dezza Parada

Photo By: Anela Kopshever, NPS

Francesca grew up in Fairfax, a short drive from Point Reyes, and was so fortunate to have spent much of her childhood exploring West Marin. She spent years of her life as a student, volunteer, and teacher at the Fairfax-San Anselmo Children’s Center, a childcare center serving majority low-income and Latinx families in Marin County. Being a part of this community, at a facility located in the foothills of Mt Tamalpais, was crucial for her appreciation of the outdoors and her commitment to community connections. Francesca has spent the past few years on the East Coast, getting her BA in Ethnic Studies from Yale University. She is so excited to be back home, continuing to explore the many intersections of ethnic studies and environmental studies in her role as an educator, as well as continuing to build on community connections to the outdoors with PRNSA.