Mariela is an educator, a strong activist for building bridges, a tireless advocate of social justice, a pacifist, and an art and music lover. Born in the heart of a Jewish family in Buenos Aires, she has always been drawn both to Jewish life and community, and to social development in Argentina. She became a volunteer as a teenager both with Habonim Dror and with the Humanistic Movement, which prepares lunch and activities for the homeless of Buenos Aires. She lived in Israel for two years where she became involved with peace issues between Israel and Palestine and worked as a madricha in a summer camp with participants from both cultures. Her main goal is to bind communities together in ways that go beyond political and religious biases and to that end she is now coordinating Jewish-Muslim initiatives at the Latin American Jewish Congress. Her passion for social impact brought her to coordinate and plan several projects for organizations such as Macabi, and Convivir (a co-existance progra at public primary schools), and to her work as a teacher and a pedagogical coordinator, and the creation of an educational advisory program at the Devoto Prison. Currently, she is working for the Government of Buenos Aires as an educational councilor for the Healthy-Development Department. Here she is developing nutrition policies and designing nutrition and food education programs for public schools and courses for teachers and directors. She has a degree in education from the Universidad de Buenos Aires.