Mariela Quesada Centeno (public policy intern)
April 2, 2013
My name is Mariela Quesada Centeno. I was born and raised in San José,
Costa Rica. In 2006, life brought me to Wisconsin, after
finishing my Veterinary degree. Currently I am pursuing a Master in
Public Health at the University of Madison and work part time as the Latino
Outreach Coordinator in the Linda and Gene Farley Center for Peace, Justice,
My interested in public policy finds its epicenter in the notion that
institutional change requires of a higher up decision making process and
participatory input. The food system in the United States is in need of
drastic changes in order to accomplish food and environment
justice. In addition, global food systems are affected by decisions
made by the United States government and for me, having the capacity and
knowledge to participate in the grassroots realm is of vital importance.
Food is a vital need of every human being, but healthy, fair, and clean
food is only right accessed by few.
I want to participate in the current wave of change and raise my daughter
with the commitment for the protection of the environment and our neighbors,
regardless of the color of their skin or the accent of their voice.