Mariko is a half Ryukyuan-American who is deeply interested in indigenous identity and the cultural reclamation, decolonization, and language revitalization of her mother’s people in Ryukyu Islands, now known as Okinawa, Japan.

She brings skills from a variety of backgrounds including those from the nonprofit world of events, marketing, and office management over the last 7 years.

She is an interspiritual practitioner of earth-based spirituality and serves her local and global communities through her work with the Order of the Sacred Earth and the Ichariba Choodee: Okinawan Voices & Stories Podcast.

She is delighted to be joining the RAN team and to be focusing more on earth-based activism and advocacy work for the Earth and its peoples.