Marielle Olentine is a sustainability strategist, systems thinker and documentary storyteller who engages with creative methods of community engagement to co-create solutions to challenges big and small.
Before joining Civic Makers, Marielle spent two years applying design thinking to research at the intersection of climate change, food systems, and human rights, while earning a Master of Development Practice at UC Berkeley. Her favorite project involved working with the Indonesian government and coffee farmers to integrate traditional knowledge with climate science to increase agricultural resilience to climate change. Before earning her Master’s, Marielle spent five years working with multimedia organizations in New York covering everything from international relations to food for companies such as VICE, Al Jazeera, HBO, Huffington Post, and Bon Appétit.
Marielle lives in Berkeley where she enjoys exploring new neighborhoods, learning about plant medicine, playing music, learning Arabic and cooking up big, communal meals.