Roxana Ayala (she, her) is a first generation Latina, born and raised within the ancestral lands of the Tongva peoples (Los Angeles, CA). She recently graduated from the University of California, Irvine with majors in Environmental Science, and Urban Studies.
Roxana's experience to date is varied and includes work with the United States Forest Service, where she served as a conservation education fellow. In this role, she established an education program in which she coordinated and facilitated outdoor educational activities for the Smokey Bear Ranger District in Ruidoso, New Mexico. Before that she intern with the Natural Capital Project at the University of Minnesota, her project consisted of a spatial analysis examining if manufactured homes across the United States, were more geographically at risk due to environmental hazards.
As a RAY fellow, Roxana is exploring the intersection of energy efficiency and equity, conducting research on notable energy efficiency workforce development programs run by local governments or in conjunction with local governments, and assisting with other research efforts related to local energy efficiency policy.
In her spare time, Roxana enjoys engaging in outdoor recreation, gardening, biking, reading, and traveling.