Mara Arroyo Rodriguez

Reserver Manager, Bahía de Todos Santos WSR

Mara Arroyo grew up in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. She studied Architecture and completed a Masters Degree in Conservation of Architectural Patrimony at the Universidad Michoacana (UMSNH). In 2004 she returned to Ensenada and conducted research in indigenous communities, focusing her studies on traditional and contemporary Kumiai’s housing and settlements, an indigenous community near Guadalupe Valley. In 2005 she started teaching several courses related to Art History, Anthropology and Regional studies, digital and analog photography and Sustainable Architectural Design at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC).

Today, Mara is currently a PhD candidate in Social Sciences with specialization in Regional Studies at the College of the Northern Border (COLEF), México. Her work over the last years focuses on environmental conservation and sustainable rural livelihoods, working with the Kumiai population of San José de la Zorra. In 2013 she spent two semesters working at the University of Melbourne, exploring new ways of linking conservation and rural livelihoods. One of her main professional and personal goals is to use her experience in social sciences to contribute to natural resources management and sustainable development practices in Mexico. Recently, she has also been contributing with United Athletes of the Pacific Ocean (UAPO), a not-for-profit organization with the mission to promote youth surfing in Baja California, Mexico and California, through surfing competitions, cultural exchange and environmental education.

Save The Waves Coalition is excited to have her talents on the team as the World Surfing Reserve Manager at Bahía de Todos Santos.