Amaris Alanis Ribeiro - North Park Village Nature Center of the Chicago Park District
Amaris Alanis Ribeiro is currently the Center Director of the North Park Village Nature Center at the Chicago Park District. There she directs the operation of a public facility with 46 acres of a nature preserve open 7-days a week, providing year-round programs and major special events throughout the year. Amaris has over thirteen years of experience in STEM education. She has led the development of programs that address gender and cultural equity, including launching innovative science programming for boys of color, spearheading local forensic science programming, and leading a group of girls on an expedition to Yellowstone National Park while employed at Project Exploration. After moving to the Chicago Botanic Garden, she managed the Science Career Continuum and under her leadership garnered two national innovative program awards and launched environmental justice initiatives. Amaris has been an active leader in Hive Chicago; serving as the Community Engagement Advisory Board Leader and leading the funded Pathways to STEM Success national project as well as the recent ChronoCurrency timebanking project. In 2018 Amaris was selected as a One Sky Institute fellow to focus work on broadening participation in science. She also currently serves on the National Science Teachers Association Informal Science Education Committee. Amaris has a master’s degree in Science Education from the Illinois Institute of Technology.