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Fernanda Marrero Hi

Emerging Leader Award

In 2022 and 2023 Fernanda was instrumental in organizing the passage of the Houston Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights at the Houston Mayor’s Office of Education and Youth Engagement. Fernanda is a first-generation college graduate of the University of Houston and a recent graduate from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She currently works for the Office of Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo as a Senior Policy Advisor where she advocates for equitable education policies and sustainable infrastructure. As a former science teacher now working in county government, Fernanda is a young professional who is using her voice as a first-generation American and educator to uplift Houston children and promote their access to nature. With Houston being the fifth biggest city to adopt a COBOR, Fernanda hopes her innovative work will be a model to other young people of color in local governments to spearhead nature accessibility initiatives, thus making her work both scalable and adaptable to other communities.