Ángel Quimbita joined Sea Potential in January 2022 as an invaluable addition to the Youth Engagement team. They are originally from unceded Tongva Territory (Los Angeles) where kayaking and freediving the Southern California kelp forests sparked their unending love and relationship with the ocean and marine life. Ángel graduated college with degrees in both art and environmental studies focusing on historical marine ecology and Indigenous stewardship. This foundation uniquely positions them to use artmaking to facilitate community connections with the natural world. In their many years of experience working with youth, Ángel developed a passion for inspiring curiosity in their students. They respond to local community needs while grounding their curriculum in a global context by interweaving themes of decolonialism and climate justice into their teaching philosophy. You can also find Ángel on the Duwamish River guiding community-oriented kayak tours with the River Access Paddle Program!