Marisol Becerra is a 20-year-old Chicana from Chicago. She is a 3rd year public policy, geography, and community service studies student at DePaul University where she co-coordinates the campus Environmental Concerns Organization (ECO).
As an activist with Chicago's Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO), she launched its youth branch, YAOTL (Youth Activists Organizing as Today's Leaders) to map and inventory the toxins in a two-mile radius of the Fisk and Crawford coal power plants and produce OurMap of Environmental Justice, an interactive online map that includes youth-created videos of toxic sites with which to educate her community about environmental injustices.
Marisol is a 2008 Brower Youth Award recipient and a Gates Millennium Scholar for her environmental activism and academics.
During the summer of 2009, Marisol interned at the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence. Marisol aspires to obtain a Ph.D. in Environmental Policy and research the impacts of air pollution on human health.
Her dream job is to work as the administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)