Education Program Coordinator, California Native Plant Society
Jen Aguilar is the Education Program Coordinator for CNPS. She brings years of experience working in education from various institutions like the Natural History Museum of LA County, the LA Zoo, and the Aquarium of the Pacific. Her passion for education has only grown stronger over the years, and she hopes to continue inspiring people to be curious and create lasting connections with the natural world. Outside of work, Jen enjoys crafting, traveling, and reading good books.
Horticulture Programs Manager, California Native Plant Society
Ann-Marie is the Horticulture Outreach Manager for CNPS, where she gets to spend her days supporting native plant communities and their people. She has spent a decade and a half serving landscapes and watersheds with nonprofits in California and Arizona. She holds a deep passion for plants and landscapes, having served as the Executive Director of ReScape California (formerly Bay-Friendly Landscaping and Gardening Coalition), a nonprofit educating the large-scale landscape industry throughout Northern California on planning, constructing, and maintaining sustainable landscape. Prior to that she was with Prescott Creeks doing watershed planning and riparian restoration in Northern Arizona. Ann-Marie studied Watershed Management and Sustainable Community Development at Prescott College. Much of this work was driven by a childhood without a watershed, but with a diversity of plant and wildlife. One of her fondest wishes is to a redwood, or as much like one as possible.
Horticulture Program Senior Coordinator, California Native Plant Society
Maya graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Environmental Science and Management, where she fell in love with native plants in both the natural and built environment. Before CNPS, she was a field technician for both the Bureau of Land Management in New Mexico and the Forest Service in the Sierras. She most recently worked as a landscape designer in the Bay Area. In her free time she loves to surf, go on bike rides, and cook with friends.
Climate Resilience Programs Coordinator, Daily Acts
Connor grew up in the suburbs of various American megacities, where the majority of his time out of doors was spent on turf playing fields. After graduating from Loyola Marymount University with a BA in English, Connor fell in love with the native ecosystems of the western US while hiking from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. That love led him to the Continental Divide Trail, hiking this time from Canada to Mexico. During this journey through the Rocky Mountains, he filmed the independent documentary "Hike the Divide: A Conversation about Climate Action on the Continental Divide Trail." Connor is a certified Permaculture Designer and a volunteer climate justice organizer; he draws on these experiences and skill sets to help build connected, equitable and climate resilient communities with Daily Acts.