VA Community Organizer
Desiree, originally from Baltimore, MD, spent time visiting Central and Southwest Virginia over the years and fell in love with the natural beauty of Virginia’s Blue Ridge and Appalachia. Eventually she and her family moved to the Roanoke area in 2017.
Desiree graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Technology with a concentration in Natural Resources Management and Minor in Spanish Language. After, college she worked in the fields of environmental education, natural resource management and environmental restoration in Baltimore City. Through her work in the non-profit sector and city government, she helped design and implement conservation education and service learning programs for city schools as well as trained and supported community volunteers with their restoration projects in local city parks.
After moving to Roanoke, Desiree became concerned with the devastating social and environmental impacts of fossil fuel development in her community. As a result, Desiree has shifted her focus toward advocacy and community organizing around climate justice and action initiatives in her region.
In her free time, Desiree enjoys hiking with her husband and two daughters and various other outdoor activities such as camping, canoeing/kayaking, landscaping and gardening. She also loves pursuing creative interests such as sewing, beading, drawing, painting and practicing various forms of yoga and dance including dancing at powwows.