Ileana Mar hails from the concrete swamp-lands of Washington, D.C. Her stewardship and love affair with DC urban trees propelled her into the science of Botany, which she pursued in the forests of Connecticut, with an anthropological focus. Her education continued in farmlands of southeast Austria and later at the University of California Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, Santa Cruz. Her passion and commitment is to the development of resilient and equitable communities; with her hands in the soil she looks to share in the cultivation of bonds to make this possible.

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