Ariela Ronay-Jinich grew up in Mexico City, where her family is from. She has been serving Bay Area youth and families since 2005, focusing her work on innovative Jewish educational programs that center nature connection and community-building. Programs she has founded and directed include Urban Adamah’s youth and family programs, B’Hootz (Wilderness Torah), and Edah (Berkeley. She also offers a signature professional development and consulting program, “Jewish Outside,” which has trained over 70 preschool teachers throughout the Bay Area in nature-based Jewish learning. She currently serves as Program Manager for Project Shamash, a racial justice initiative of Bend the Arc focused on supporting Jews of Color leadership and racial equity work among Jewish organizations in the Bay. She is particularly excited about her recent launch of “Olamim,” a family engagement program for Latinx Jewish families that blends her current equity work with her extensive background in nature connection, early childhood education, and community-building. Ariela holds a B.A. in Education Policy and History from Brown University and is in the process of completing her M.A. in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland. She is a Helen Diller Family Award recipient for Excellence in Jewish Education, a Kevah Teaching Fellow, and a Rockwood Alumn. She loves dancing and eating papaya at all times of day. Ariela lives in Berkeley with her husband David Doostan (Octopretzel!), and together they are raising their daughter, Alma (2), to delight in speaking Spanish and feel nourished by her Jewish, Mexican, and Persian cultural roots.