A native Texan and daughter of a diplomat, Mariana spent her childhood living in Burundi during the genocide, Botswana at the height of the AIDS epidemic, and England at the turn of the millennium. This early exposure to different people and places, albeit from a place of relative economic, racial, and country-of-origin privilege, impacted her personal and professional trajectory greatly.
Mariana attended Duke University for both her undergraduate and graduate education, earning a B.A. in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and an M.S. in Global Health. She has worked in the fields of global health, politics, and education, including extensively in low- and middle-income countries. In Kenya, Mariana taught Biology and English to primary and secondary schoolers; in Haiti, she worked in HIV/AIDS and cervical cancer research; in Uganda, she co-led an education and health non-profit. After returning to the U.S. in 2016 to work in HIV/AIDS and addiction research at Boston University, Mariana moved back to Texas to manage a congressional campaign in the 2018 cycle. She’s currently teaching neuro-divergent and high-needs children in Austin, and feels grateful for the opportunity to maintain a connection to Africa through Well Aware.