As an educator for the East Foundation, Maria F. “Masi” Mejia, will deliver natural resource education to the under served communities of South Texas. She will deploy educational programs on East Foundation lands, and take the proven L.A.N.D.S. (Learning Across New Dimensions in Science) curriculum of our partner, the Texas Wildlife Association, into schools in Zapata, Jim Hogg, Brooks, Duval, Webb, Dimmit, and La Salle counties.
Masi aims to inform and engage diverse audiences in the importance of wildlife conservation. She currently serves as an Ambassador for Latino Outdoors and is a Diversity and Inclusion Council Member for the Aldo Leopold Foundation.
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, Masi conducted research on the factors that influence natural resource professionals and students to pursue careers in the field. Additionally, Masi conducted various educational events to inform the public about wildlife, conservation, and our natural resources.
Prior to working with the Foundation, Masi served as a mentor for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Idaho. She has also interned with The Nature Conservancy, Ogallala Commons, Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Texas Youth Hunting Program and Texas Brigades. Masi and her husband Joseph Saahene reside in Encinal Texas.