Maraki Tamrat is an undergraduate student at Columbia University, located in New York City. She is a part of the Kluge Scholars Program, granted to her by the University, and is pursuing a degree in Public Health.
Growing up in Vienna, Austria, her love for the environment began with her exploration of the Wiener Wald - the Vienna woods. At the age of fifteen, she moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is when she began getting involved with local communities on environmental policy work. From gathering a team together to aid in removing invasive species of the midwest to advocating for eco-friendly menstrual products and discussing the Flint water crisis, Maraki has been involved in a plethora of projects.
She joined EarthEcho International in 2021 and is now serving as a member of the Youth Leadership Council. Her time on the YLC has included working with the Ocean Justice Forum, engaging in policy advocacy, and attending as well as organizing Youth Summits both virtually and in-person. In finalizing the definition of ocean justice, Maraki was invited to attend the White House Summit on Ocean Justice. She has also attended the French Consulate reception and the Ocean Race Summit at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. At these events, topics such as 30x30 and the High Seas Treaty have been the main subject of conversation.
Alongside advocating for ocean and environmental policies, Maraki is an avid advocate for reproductive rights. She has worked with organizations such as Planned Parenthood and conducted research with the University of Michigan on maternal healthcare within marginalized communities. She hopes to continue looking at the bridge between communities, health, and the environment that they live in.