Li-ya Mar is an educator and climate organizer. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. She has taught Mandarin in public universities for 12 years, empowering students from diverse and underserved communities and building bridges across cultures. She is a Climate Reality Leader and

has organized volunteers in Dallas, Texas and Portland, Oregon. Li-Ya is also host and

producer of a climate story podcast called “The Green Path − Our Climate Stories”. LiYa is committed to advancing climate and social justice through advocacy and effective and relatable storytelling.