Michelle Baron is a recent graduate of UC Riverside, with a Master’s in Public Policy and B.S. in Sustainability Studies. Her passion for social and environmental justice issues grew from her personal experiences of seeing the impacts of climate change in her mother’s hometown in Mexico, that she frequently visited, along with witnessing the impacts the logistics industry has had in her own hometown of Fontana, CA and throughout the Inland Empire. Through her professional and personal experiences, she recognizes how studying topics of climate change and seeing them in our own lived life is quite a wild aspect that is becoming, unfortunately, too familiar. While studying at UC Riverside, she worked with the Office of Sustainability as an intern and a Student Supervisor. There, she was able to expand her experience in the field through various activities and projects such as gathering data for various reports, planning events for Earth Week, supervising a working group, and assisting in developing a workshop series. Recently, she has been working on doing her part in helping her community by reaching out to council members during townhall meetings to raise her voice about issues at hand, the most important of which is the construction of warehouses in communities of color. She hopes to gain further experience through her fellowship here at Climate Resolve!
When she is not worrying about climate change issues, her passions include painting, drawing, going to the gym, and spending time with her beautiful cat Luna and her loving nephew Benji! She has always called the Inland empire her home and hopes to continue living there and advocating for its cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable future!