Mariana Prieto

Mariana designs services for wildlife conservation with the mission of developing conservation solutions that benefit both people and wild animals. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Biology from Miami University in partnership with Wildlife Conservation Society, and working on Human-elephant conflict solutions with WildAid in East Africa.

Before working in conservation, Mariana led design and innovation work at the International Rescue Committee where she led the redesign of refugee resettlement processes in the U.S. and post-Ebola relief work in West Africa. She was named TED Resident in 2018 and 2019 for her work in wildlife conservation and Global Fellow in 2013.

Mariana is adjunct professor at Art Center College of Design and in the past, she has been guest faculty/lecturer at USC Marshall School of Business, ESADE School of Business, Stanford University, Parsons School of Design and UC Berkeley.

On the side, Mariana loves sustainable toilet paper because common toilet paper is wiping out forests around the world that are home to millions of animals. She works with Who Gives a Crap to encourage more people around the world to stop wiping with virgin trees.