After 15 years of working as a civil rights attorney in Washington DC, Marinel de Jesus discovered her passion for mountain trekking. In 2017, she left her life and accomplished legal career to pursue adventure as a global mountain nomad, which she covered on her travel media platform, Brown Gal Trekker
. In 2016, she founded Equity Global Treks
, a social enterprise, to inspire others to go trekking, as well as promote the inclusion of women and indigenous communities in the industry. A lifelong activist, she also founded a non-profit, the Porter Voice Collective
, which aims to amplify the voices of porters and advocate for better working conditions in Peru, Nepal, and Tanzania.