Global Affairs graduate, Maritza Rivas, is the first Hispanic female chief ranger in Virginia State Parks

Global Affairs graduate, Maritza Rivas, is the first Hispanic female chief ranger in Virginia State Parks

Maritza Rivas graduated from GMU in 2017 with a B.A. in Global Affairs from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Maritza describes her time at Mason as “a fantastic journey for me as a Patriot!” For her junior year in 2016, she was accepted into the Smithsonian- Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) and was awarded with a scholarship to attend the school by ConocoPhillips. Through SMSC, she was able to complete her concentration in the environment through the program Wildlife Conservation and Ecology. However, simultaneously, she was also working different small jobs and one of those was as a Park Interpreter for Leesylvania State Park where she started as a seasonal worker in 2014.

Fast forward four years later, in October of 2018, Maritza was offered the position as Chief Ranger of Visitor Experience where she serves as an Environmental Educator for Virginia State Parks. It has been extremely exciting for Maritza, since she is the first Hispanic female Chief Ranger for Virginia State Parks! When asked about her new role Maritza says, “It is an absolute honor to be in a leadership role and be an example for other young women.”

 

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