Hispanic Heritage Month honors and commemorates groundbreaking pioneers and innovators who identify as Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean and Central and South American. To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at National Geographic, we are highlighting National Geographic Society Senior Program Officer of Wildlife and Wild Places, Dr. Luisa Arnedo.
Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Luisa is the only member of her family who currently lives in the United States. While she thoroughly enjoys helping National Geographic Society grantees bring their visions to life, she never forgets where she came from and the people who helped her clearly define her own vision of working in conservation to protect our planet.
For Luisa, Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate every single cultural expression of one’s roots, including appreciation for the language. As a Spanish, Portuguese and English speaker, being trilingual has enhanced her work at National Geographic, given she supports several grantees across Latin America.