Marinel M. de Jesus, Esq. (aka Brown Gal Trekker) is a lawyer, entrepreneur, writer, a public speaker, and a global mountain nomad. She is the founder of Peak Explorations, LLC and Brown Gal Trekker, both of which were officially launched in late 2016. She is a former prosecutor in Washington, DC who left her 15-year legal practice to launch Peak Explorations which markets treks worldwide and creates innovative approaches in the trekking tourism industry to empower indigenous and marginalized groups while dismantling the effects of colonialism in the industry. Marinel was born in the Philippines and moved to Seattle at the age of 13. Marinel obtained her dual degree in Social Work and American Ethnic Studies, Juris Doctor degree and Masters in Social Work at the University of Washington in Seattle. Marinel has been an advocate for diversity and inclusion since college, pioneering an Affirmative Action program with the Dean of Admissions at the UW Law School. Shortly after law school, she moved to Washington, DC where she clerked for the D.C. Office of the Magistrate Judges and thereafter became an Assistant Attorney General for the District of Columbia in the Child Protection Section. In her tenure as a prosecutor, she litigated child abuse and neglect cases involving racial minorities (Blacks, Latinos, Asians and Native Americans) in Washington, DC. Brown Gal Trekker is a media platform that promotes diversity and inclusion of all kinds from a global perspective. Brown Gal Trekker features women of all backgrounds on her series, Outdoor Women's Voices & Women Trail Leaders, as a vehicle to empower women and celebrate diversity worldwide. Marinel’s work has been published on Huffpost, Matador Network, Medium, Adventure Journal, WHOA Mag, Terra Incognita, Hike Like a Woman, and many others. Her work on DEI in the past involved being a presenter at the Outdoor Retailer Show, as well as, a contributor to Outside Magazine, She Explores and other media entities. Her article, When Money is the Bottom Line: The Inclusion Problem in the Outdoor Industry, published on Brown Gal Trekker, has been cited by several major media entities in the outdoor industry. In 2017, Brown Gal Trekker earned an award as the Best Diversity Blog at the Outdoor Blogger Summit.
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