Mel Sarmento is a San José State graduate whose passion is connecting all individuals with the outdoors. In particular, Mel studied youth Education and minored in Portuguese Studies. She has worked, interned, and volunteered with various outdoor education organizations in the Bay Area for the last 15 years. As the current Education Program Manager with Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, she is able to foster her passion by bringing groups outdoors who typically do not have the opportunity - Title One students, students of color, Special Needs groups, and many more! Mel continues to advocate for safe, clean, and natural spaces for all to enjoy.