About María

I’m María Cristina Criollo, “Cris.” I was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Sustainable Development, a Master’s Degree in Environmental and Social Studies, and I am a certified specialist on climate change and strategic planning. I am the Development Director of the Be It Foundation in the USA and co-founder of La Cuchara Cultural and Gastronomic Center, an award-winning organic plant-based restaurant and fair trade store in Quito. I moved to the Bay Area in 2017 with my family, and currently work in social media marketing, sustainable business development and fundraising. I am a Board Member of the San Geronimo Valley Community Center, and live in West Marin with my husband and two children.