Theresa Pinto, M.S., C. Ph. - Director, Treasurer
Theresa Pinto is an environmental biologist who studied the evolutionary ecology and genetics of endophytic fungi at the University of California, Berkeley as a Ph.D. candidate, where she was the recipient of the George Carroll Plant Pathology Fellowship and served on the Graduate Programs Committee. Prior to that, she studied parasexuality in asexual pathogenic fungi as an undergraduate at Florida International University, graduating with honors (she also received a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and a Certificate in Environmental Science). She worked as a freelance writer, writing on science and culture, after the birth of her first son. Subsequently, with several scientific and non-scientific publications to her name, she worked for five years as an agriculture specialist, trainer, and researcher for the United States Department of Agriculture (later becoming Customs and Border Protection).
She was also the lead Scientist and Director of Education and Community Engagement for Urban Paradise Guild (UPG) from 2015-2017. Then in 2017, she cofounded the March for Science Miami (MFSM), a nonprofit advocacy group promoting science through - communication / literacy / policy - and helped spearhead the first MFSM Rally-Expo in coordination with over 400 satellite marches worldwide.
Theresa is dedicated to promoting scientific and environmental principles as a force for social change, especially where they intersect with education and child development, and is currently a J.D. candidate at the University of Miami, where she is also an editor on the law journal Jotwell and an intern in the Environmental Justice Clinic.
Throughout the years, she has continued to teach, lecture, and present to learners of all ages across a wide range of institutions, including UC Berkeley, Recurso Micologia in Mexico, University of Florida, Florida International University, Miami Dade College, the Green Urban Living Center, and Ada Merritt K-8 Center. She continues to do so as Policy and Programs Director for MFSM. Theresa grew up in the South Florida area, where she met Stephen Woodey and together they raise 5 children in the Miami area.