Mabari Byrd was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a city kid at the core, and his journey toward finding solace through connecting with nature is unconventional at best. He grew up in a tough inner-city environment, which at one point steered him, friends, and some of his siblings down a troubling path. However, he persevered, determined to be a positive role model for his young daughter Aniyah, his family, and the youth that he mentors. He's an experienced speaker, social justice champion, community leader, and consultant on a mission to lead systematic and sustainable change that improves the lives of young people across the country. Recognized by Cities United and SHIFTJH as an "Emerging Leader," Mabari leads with his expertise on youth engagement, community organizing, strategic partnership building, workforce development, effective DEI strategies, and youth violence prevention to authentically reshape communities and disrupt the status quo.