Discussing conservation opportunities with Conservation Opportunity's Fabiola Torres-Toledo | Sea Change

February 10, 2023

Conservation Opportunity's impact in Puerto Rico

Tune in as Jenna and cohost David Riera discuss Puerto Rico's changing climate, building community, and expanding access to conservation work across the Caribbean and beyond with Conservation Opportunity's Founder, Executive Director, and President, Fabiola Torres-Toledo. Conservation Opportunity is a non-profit organization incorporated in Puerto Rico that connects people with paid and volunteer opportunities in the field of environmental conservation, mostly in Puerto Rico and the United States. The organization helps alleviate the fact that you have to go to more than 20 different resources to collect this information. In addition, it carries out outdoor educational events such as beach cleanups, restoration of native and endemic populations, and farm work with agroforestry practices, among others.

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Jenna Valente

A passion for conservation and appreciation for the natural world was engrained in Jenna at a young age. Her father was in the Coast Guard. This meant she always had the fortune of living near the ocean, including Hawaii, Washington State, and Maine. Both of her parents encouraged her to spend the majority of her time outside. As a result, she finds that she is most comfortable barefoot and exploring the coast, countryside, or mountains. Her favorite thing about the ocean is the sheer power of it all. Jenna joined the American Littoral Society as the Healthy Oceans Coalition Coordinator from the Chesapeake Research Consortium where she was a member of the communications staff and focused on building the brand of the program and ensure the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Jenna completed her Executive Master of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech in 2015 and also has her Bachelors in Communication and Journalism from the University of Maine.