Alba K. Estrada López

Class Year: 
RAY Fellow, Conservation Educator
Point Blue Conservation Science
Petaluma, CA

Alba K. Estrada López was born in Sinaloa, Mexico. When she was nearly a year old, her family immigrated to the the small, agricultural town of Greenfield in the Central Coast of California. Alba then attended the University of California, Los Angeles where she recently graduated (2018) with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and double minor in Mexican Studies and Spanish. During her time at UCLA, Alba carefully chose work study and volunteering experiences that allowed her to focus her social justice efforts around normalizing and increasing access to higher education to underprivileged students from marginalized communities. Among other key experiences, this included being a member and director of: Projecting Minds, an after-school non-profit that mentored inner-city elementary school students; the Community Activities Committee, a funding committee for student volunteer organizations; and the Center for Community College Partnerships, an organization that aims to increase the success of community college students within four-year institutions.

Through her multidisciplinary undergraduate education and first-hand experiences, Alba began to understand the intersectionality between science, education, social justice and the lack thereof in certain communities. Alba is currently a Conservation Educator with Point Blue Conservation Science and plans to attend graduate school to continue to merge her three passions of education, science, and social justice. Ultimately, she hopes to help change the narrative of who and how people are allowed to participate and succeed within the conservation field.

In her free time, Alba enjoys a good science-fiction book and show, discovering good music and art, and taking very well-intentioned, but more often than not, bad pictures of everything and everyone.