Natalie Consentino-Manning has worked for NOAA’s Restoration Center for 20 years as a marine habitat restoration specialist, via NOAA
Where did you grow up, and what was your life like then? Are there cultural experiences that have influenced or are influencing you from that time?
I grew up in Southern California and I am a first generation U.S citizen. My parents are from Argentina and they emigrated to the United States in the 1960s. I was only allowed to speak Spanish at home—which I appreciate now—but growing up it was hard to be singled out as being different or from another culture. Being bilingual in California is an asset and I am able to communicate effectively with our Latino community.
Growing up my parents loved to explore California and almost every weekend my dad would pack up the van and off we would go camping. It was through those experiences, from the beaches to the mountains, that my love for nature grew. I realized by the time I was 10 years old I wanted a career in natural resources. I just recently found out that my grandfather in Argentina was the Director of Parks and Recreation in Buenos Aires … I guess it runs in the family!
What is your educational background?
I spent two years at a junior college earning an Associate in Arts, then went on to undergraduate school at Humboldt State University. I earned a Bachelors in Environmental Science and Biology, with minors in botany and Spanish.Then I went on to earn a Masters in Environmental Science and Management at the University of San Francisco.
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