Ayla Peters Paz, Project Manager
Raised by a Spanish-speaking grandmother, Ayla witnessed firsthand how the lack of culturally relevant communications and multilingual services can exacerbate inequities for communities of color. Those experiences, as well as her interest in the environmental sector, spurred her to pursue a career in language and environmental justice. Ayla brings a passion for social good to the team at InterEthnica, leveraging her experience facilitating grant programs and supporting community-based organizations on their grant-funded projects across the Bay Area. Prior to joining InterEthnica, Ayla was a staff specialist at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, where she managed 14 community grantees as part of the James Cary Smith grant program, led the equity-driven hiring process for a new Spare the Air project contractor, and developed and managed a community air monitoring project in the Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood.
In her free time, Ayla volunteers with the Trevor Project as a crisis counselor, serving at-risk LGBTQ youth across the country. She earned a certificate in User Experience or UX design from General Assembly, and holds a dual degree in Environmental Science and Political Economy, with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice from UC Berkeley. As a McNair Scholar, Ayla focused her research on the social and environmental impacts of agricultural mechanization throughout California’s Central Valley. She is fluent in Spanish and American Sign Language.