Nature and Health Wins is a new annual award that recommends individuals, communities, and organizations to receive an award for demonstrating a commitment to anti-racism, equity, nature, and health.

2021 Winners: Angela Hughes and Marisol Morales

This year Nature and Health selected “Coping with Quarantine: Respiratory Therapist’s COVID Experience.” Marisol Morales produced a film that is centered on Angela Hughes’ resilience during this time.

Angela Hughes is currently employed at a local hospital as a Registered Respiratory Therapist and received her degree at Seattle Central College. She believes in traditional medicines and healing modalities and believes they should be incorporated within westernized medicine.

Marisol Morales joined Washington Farmland Trust’s fundraising team in 2021 and brings over a decade of experience in digital communications, development, and community outreach to her new role as the Senior Fundraising Communications Manager. As a proud daughter of farmworkers, Marisol’s parents instilled in her the value of community, conservation, and social justice. Prior to joining WFT, Marisol worked as a Digital Communications and Outreach Manager at EarthCorps where she led efforts to bring equity-focused communication and diverse outreach strategies to the organization. Marisol is equally excited to bring her experience of working as a Communications and Development Coordinator at Latino Community Fund of Washington where she gained a deeper understanding of philanthropy grounded in racial equity, social justice, and community engagement. Marisol earned a bachelor’s degree in Digital Technology and Cultures from Seattle University and most recently graduated with a Master of Communication in Communities & Networks from the University of Washington. Marisol is thrilled about joining the WFT’s fundraising team and passionate about cultivating a culture of philanthropy grounded in racial equity and community-centric fundraising. In her spare time, she serves as a board member for EchoX, a cross-community and cross-generational initiative, leveraging the power and ubiquity of the internet and social media to amplify our region’s ethnic communities’ voices.

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