Chelsea Mackin

Chelsea Mackin

Teacher

Born and raised locally, Chelsea (she/hers) developed her passion for environmental protection through her love for the ocean. She sees the beach as her refuge: a place to relax, exercise, socialize and escape. During her studies at the University of Oregon, Chelsea learned to identify native plant species and to notice how geology and people shape their local environments. This more nuanced understanding of local ecosystems made her outdoor experiences richer, allowing a deeper connection to her natural environment. Through her work at Biocitizen, she hopes to share her passion for the environment and foster a similar connection to natural spaces for her students. 

Chelsea has over ten years of experience in the environmental field. After studying ecopsychology at Oregon, she served as an environmental sector Peace Corps volunteer in rural Panama. In the Peace Corps, she organized and led youth leadership camps, managed a solar panel grant with her community, taught English in her local school, collaborated with the women’s ecotourism group, managed a national seed bank and ran organic agriculture and seed saving seminars. Upon her return to the states, Chelsea worked at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a human resources specialist in Durham, NC. She recently finished her master’s in environmental science and policy at the University of South Florida. Chelsea is thrilled to be back in Los Angeles, applying her work experience and recent studies to develop a deeper understanding of indigenous history, local geology, and the endemic flora and fauna through her work at Biocitizen.

Outside of work, Chelsea loves hiking and backpacking with her husband, exploring the neighborhood with her three rescue dogs, gardening, and of course–visiting the local beaches. She also coaches swimming, teaches yoga, and is a substitute teacher.