Program and Operations Manager
Ariana Gloria-Martinez is a proud Chicana rangeland ecologist and social scientist who grew up just 15 minutes north of downtown Denver. She joined First Nations in September 2023 as a Program and Operations Officer.
Ariana has a combined 12 years of community-led rangeland socio-ecological academic and professional work experience. She holds a B.Sc. degree in Rangeland Ecology and Management with a concentration in Restoration Ecology from Colorado State University (CSU), and is currently a graduate student in CSU’s Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Department’s Rangeland Ecosystem Science M.Sc. program.
She honors her own lived experiences, teachings passed down through her family, and employs a Chicana Feminist and Indigenous Feminist theoretical framework, methodology, and praxis in her research. Her thesis research works to center and document the herstories, leadership, lived experiences, ways of knowing, contributions, successes, unique challenges, and hopes and concerns for the future of ranching in collaboration with Lakota, Diné, Chicana, and Latina y Hispana womxn ranchers across the western bioregion of Turtle Island. Ariana is deeply committed to practicing and sharing ways of healing, thriving and taking action con nuestra comunidades who continue to fight for the holistic health, rights and liberation of our peoples, all our more-than-human-kin and Mother Earth in varied and transformative ways.