Marilyn Duran was born and raised by a Nicaragüense mom in the Mission where she still currently lives. After following the leadership of her older sister who was youth organizer, she joined PODER at the age of 14. As a member of the Common Roots Youth Organizer Program, Marilyn learned about the environmental injustices low-income communities of color face and displacement crisis that has afflicted the Mission. Throughout the years, Marilyn has represented PODER at the World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya in 2006, on the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice’s Youth Leadership Campaign in 2009, as a Reel Justice Fellow learning about media production and storytelling in 2013, and as a Climate Justice Alliance Fellow in 2015. Marilyn brings forth a young experienced storytelling perspective to any and all spaces.
Marilyn can be emailed at mduran[at]podersf.org.