Marinel M. de Jesus


  • University of Washington in Seattle

  • Winner of the Social Entrepreneurship in Tourism Competition 2021, Launch Track hosted by UNWTO, ITB Berlin, Travel Massive, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, SINA and TUI Care Foundation (Project: Khusvegi English & Nomadic Culture Camp - Mongolia).
  • Justice, equity, diversity and inclusion advocate in the outdoor and travel industries: Inclusion Advisor for The Points Guy and member of the Diversify Outdoors Coalition.
  • Winner of the Best Diversity Blog award at Outdoor Blogger Summit, 2017.
  • Producer, writer and director of the award-winning film, We Are Nomads: A True Story of an All Women Migration in Altai.


Formerly a human rights lawyer based in Washington, D.C., Marinel left her legal career of 15 years to run her media platform, Brown Gal Trekker, and mountain trekking social enterprise, Equity Global Treks (formerly, Peak Explorations). Both entities aim to advocate for the inclusion of women, people of color, and indigenous communities in the travel and outdoor industries. Marinel is a solutions-focused journalist and a social entrepreneur with a mission to decolonize travel and outdoor spaces. Her focus as a content creator is to open meaningful and honest discussions about the intersectionality of colonialism, capitalism, and racism for the purpose of creating systemic changes to otherwise oppressive structures in the outdoors and travel industry. In 2019, she also founded a non-profit human rights organization, The Porter Voice Collective, to elevate the voices of porters in Peru, Nepal, and Tanzania through the use of storytelling and media to create workforce equity tourism. 

Marinel is Filipina by ethnicity who moved to the U.S. with her family at the age of 13. She has been a full-time global mountain nomad since 2017. She has traveled to over 60 countries to date. She organizes mountain trekking tours via Equity Global Treks and travels often to create tourism products that advances Workforce Equity, Women Leadership and Community Ownership of Local Tourism. 

Marinel has written for Huffpost, Alpinist, Outside Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Matador, Fodor’s Travel, The Points Guy,Thought Catalog, and more travel and outdoor publications. She has also been featured on a VICE/Mailchimp mini-documentary series, Second Act, International House Hunters, Peru Episode, Backpacker Magazine, Outside Business Journal, Outdoor Project, Atlas Obscura, Travel Pulse, She Explores Podcast, Tough Girl Podcast, among a number of other publications.

Other Work:

No Room for Hate - Building a Community to Help End Asian & AAPI Invisibility in the Outdoor Industry.

The Fight for Workforce Equity on Kilimanjaro

Mt. Kilimanjaro is Open for Tourism But is it Safe During the Pandemic


Marinel earned a juris doctor, a master’s in social work, and dual bachelor’s degrees in social work and American ethnic studies at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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