Mariela was born and raised in San Diego. She graduated with her bachelor’s in communications and nonprofit management certificate from the University of San Diego. Her time is spent with family, friends, traveling, and beach adventures with her dog. Her nonprofit experience includes helping underserved students be the first in their families to go and graduate from college, fundraising for operations and a capital campaign. Mariela felt compelled to help other underserved communities and get a better understanding of the challenges that the veteran population endure. She is excited to help Wave Academy fulfill its mission and vision of growth.