Sofia Sainz was raised in Queens, New York and is of Bolivian and Colombian descent. As little girl growing up in NYC, she took advantage of any opportunity to explore the outdoors but was especially fascinated by the ocean and marine life. Her interest led her to a pursue a degree in understanding natural ecosystems at Binghamton University. In May 2013, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and a minor in Sociology. Currently, she resides in NYC and works full time at the Wildlife Conservation Society in the Bronx, NY as a Senior Associate for Institutional Adavancement, supporting development and fundraising for local and global conservation initiatives. She is also pursuing a Masters degree focused on Environmental Stewardship through the Advanced Inquiry Program at Miami University, Ohio. Her Master’s focuses on engaging Latinx millennials in NYC on marine conservation issues, specifically the reduction of plastic waste.
In her spare time, she serves as a Volunteer Ambassador for Latino Outdoors, a national organization of 5,000 members and volunteers, primarily concerned with connecting Latinx youth and their families to parks and outdoor experiences in every major city in the country. As part of the Core Team that started a branch in NYC in 2017, she helps organize and lead free/low-cost outdoor and indoor recreational and stewardship activities with the hopes that they will help foster stewardship for the environment within participant's own families and inner circles. Addtionally, she is working on building out content for her blog, Raíces en Yaku.