Jean Carlos Rodriguez-Ramos
¡Hola! ¿Qué tal? My name is Jean (pronounced like John). I’m a tropical islander born and raised in Puerto Rico. I grew up traveling between my mother’s coffee farm and my father’s horse ranch where I became fond of nature, leading me to finish my BS in Microbiology at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez. I am really passionate about biodiversity conservation and for the coming months I will be part of the Pacific Flyway Ambassador project, a.k.a BirdTrippers. As a Latino who relishes the outdoors, I’ve encountered few Hispanic families who are fond of nature and conservation. Now is my time to pay it forward to nature, encouraging the new generation to go outside, enjoy wildlife and involve their families. As a result of a partnership between Environment for the Americas and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, I will be reaching out to Latino and underrepresented communities to increase their participation in environmental education and conservation.
Christian Michael McWilliams
¡Hola! Me llamo Christian. I’m a graduate of George Mason University with a Bachelors of Science in International Conflict Analysis and Resolution. My professional background is in communications working with various environmentally focused organizations including Empire Clean Cities in New York City, NY, Forest Trends in Washington, DC, and WRI India in Mumbai, India. Some of my strongest interests are in environmental conservation, international affairs, and alternative energy. I also enjoy the company of friends over a dark coffee and board games. I was born in Rota, Spain, living much of my life between there and the place I now call home – Norfolk, VA.