Chantelle Ruidant-Hansen is a San Antonio native who currently works as a bilingual Visual Interpretation Specialist at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. She began her journey with the park back in 2017 as a MANO Project intern and after interning there for two years, was able to obtain a permanent position as the first ever bilingual VIS.
Historically, the decision-making process in the field of conservation has left minorities and vulnerable communities out of the conversation. The Hispanic Access Foundation’s MANO Project partners with agencies like the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to connect and mentor young leaders of color to protect public lands and implement equitable and just climate change strategies.