Mario Flores is GV’s Program Director. He first joined the organization in 2006 as a Country Coordinator working in Guatemala. He was then promoted to Country Program Director there before joining the Seattle office as Program Outreach Manager. Mario was promoted to Program Director in May 2013. After studying Agronomics Agriculture at Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala, Mario joined an International Crew for EarthCorps, a Seattle-based NGO. This experience ignited his passion to continue working in environmental restoration as well as social justice and environmental education. Mario remained with EarthCorps as an International Crew Leader, and later spent one year as an EarthCorps Outreach Intern. After completing his training in Seattle, Mario returned to Guatemala, where he organized and managed an eco-service learning project. This effort brought together 35 international volunteers from the U.S., Mexico and Argentina to restore trails and a natural park as well as build a native plant nursery facility. Born and raised in Guatemala, Mario understands the importance of community involvement and collaboration in social and environmental justice projects. Mario brings to GV his leadership and management skills, knowledge of restoration, experience in environmental education and community outreach, all which will help make Global Visionaries successful.