Marisha Auerbach holds the PINA diploma in Education. She trained in permaculture in Australia in 1998, lives in Portland, Oregon, and works throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is a tutor with the Oregon State University on-line permaculture design course. We caught up with her recently and ask her a bit about herself and what she thought of PINA.

Why did you join PINA?

I joined PINA to support the work of a national organization for people who aspire to practice permaculture professionally. As I developed my career path, I would have benefitted from structured guidance on my opportunities for career advancement and developing my business model. I want to support others who follow in my footsteps to have a more defined route for their aspirations. Permaculture design is increasingly relevant as we face critical environmental, social, economic, and political challenges. By having a mentorship program in place, I hope that we can save future leaders time and energy so they can better serve their communities as effective organizers, educators, and visionaries.

Why did you go for a Diploma?

I am glad to hold this credential based on my experience over the past 20 years and more. Due to my documented experience and national reputation, my diploma application was fast-tracked.  

How has it benefited you professionally?

I am grateful for the professional recognition that PINA provides for me, but I have not noticed any benefits based on my membership.  

Why should other people join PINA?

Permaculture offers solid, practical responses to climate change and many other pertinent problems of our time. As people become more aware of the current challenges and threats to our security and well-being, many organizations and businesses will seek the support from those who know how to support healthy ecosystems, equitable social structures, and stable communities.  Permaculture designers can help their communities steward resources and invest in regenerative choices to support future generations. By joining PINA, members become part of a national network that provides referrals for work in this field.