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.
While adapting to fatherhood and earning a degree from Community College of Philadelphial, and subsequently pusuing his undergrade at Temple University's School of Social Work, Mabari maintained full-time employment thougout his academic pursuits spending time in the classroom educating youth, leading AmeriCorps teams outdoors completing storm water management and natural lands maintenance projects, community organizing, coaching sports, instructing project based learning for Out of School Time programs, and facilitating over 100 trainings with youth and youth leaders across Philadelphia. For almost a decade, Mabari has worked with corporations, non-profits and government leaders on better engaging impacted communities. Currently, he's a National Campaign Representative for Sierra Club's "Outdoors For All" Campaign. With a passion for social justice and policy, he has previously worked with the NAACP, Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Black Male Engagement, My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, JustLeadershipUSA, and the Center for Law & Social Policy.