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About Us

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Our 
Story

Ruta Verde started as a college project by Joao Vilca Soto at Cascadia College in 2020. After graduating with his classmates after the start of the pandemic with a lack of green jobs in the area, a few graduates from the cohort decided to start working on building an organization that could help sustainable solutions come to life. 

Nowadays it has become a tool to help students and activists to practice their skills in regenerative practices, helping to bridge communities between different groups, and even working to help preserve and share Indigenous knowledge. 
We are proud of how far we've come, but we're even more excited for what we will grow into as this is just the beginning.

Meet our Board of Directors

The Faces of Our Organization

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Joao Vilca Soto

Chief Executive Officer & Board Member

Derek Salinas

Board Member

William Ceriale

Chief Technology Officer & Board Member

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Mark Matsui

Board Member

Thomas Diener

Board Member

Eric Lee

Chief Financial Officer & Board Member

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Sarah MacDonald

Board Member

Colin Edwards

Board Member

Saher Ishaq

Project Manager & Board Member

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And thanks to all our interns and volunteers that help to make all of this possible.

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