The East Foundation welcomes Maria Florentina “Masi” Mejia as a contract educator for the Foundation. Masi will deliver natural resource education to the underserved communities of South Texas. She will deploy educational programs on East Foundation lands as well as take the proven L.A.N.D.S. (Learning Across New Dimensions in Science) curriculum of East Foundation partner, the Texas Wildlife Association, into schools in Zapata, Jim Hogg, Brooks, Duval, Webb, Dimmit, and La Salle counties.
Masi received a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Conservation of Natural Resources and a Master’s degree in Wildlife, Aquatic, and Wildlands Science and Management from Texas Tech University. While attending Texas Tech University, she conducted research on the factors that influence natural resource professionals and students to pursue careers in the field. Additionally, Masi served as a mentor for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Idaho.
Masi currently serves as an Ambassador for Latino Outdoors and is a Diversity and Inclusion Council Member for the Aldo Leopold Foundation. She is knowledgeable in the factors that hinder individuals from diverse backgrounds to participate in outdoor recreation and wildlife conservation and is excited to work with the East Foundation to have a meaningful impact on the youth of South Texas. Masi and her husband Joseph reside in Encinal Texas.