Bilingual Stewardship Specialist
Elias Lopez (he/him/el) joined LandPaths in 2019. Originally hired under our Rooting Youth in Nature initiative, he transitioned to a position as a full-time Bilingual Stewardship Specialist in September 2020. He brings a wealth of field experience and ecological knowledge to LandPaths’ Community Care team.
Elias is a Sonoma County local, a proud son of immigrants and was a first-generation college graduate. As a child he did not have many opportunities to explore nature, but that changed after he enrolled at Sonoma State University. As a student he took every opportunity to be outside and learn about the natural world. During his land management internship, he worked at Bodega Marine Reserve where the importance of restoration and conservation really sunk in. Since then, he has been inspired to help protect our local biodiversity through ecological restoration and biological conservation.
He holds a B.A. in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies and Planning from Sonoma State University, and a M.S. in Ecology and Sustainability from CSU Stanislaus. He has worked as an Ecology Crew Intern at Conservation Corps North Bay and as a Restoration Technician at Laguna Foundation. Elias co-founded Crecer ConCiencia where he develops and implements community outreach and education programs in Spanish. Prior to joining LandPaths staff, he participated in Vamos Afuera and volunteered at Bayer Farm.
He is passionate about making connections to the land through restoration and conservation efforts. He likes to go on solo hikes to admire the landscapes as well as the local flora and fauna, specifically benthic aquatic macroinvertebrates. He also enjoys propagating succulents at home.