Dena grew up climbing trees and playing sardines in Long Beach, CA. She earned her B.S. at UC Davis in Environmental Biology. After spending many years farming in the Sacramento area and working in the backcountry of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, she moved to the Central Coast.
Dena joined the Land Conservancy in 2021 after completing her master’s at Cal Poly in Biology. When not working she likes to travel by bicycle, eat new foods, read, or hike.