Maxie Blasini was born and raised in Borikén, presently known as Puerto Rico, where she directly experienced the complexity of living in a colonized nation surviving major socio-economic, political, and environmental injustices. Prior to joining Climate Action Campaign, Maxie obtained a BS from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico with a major in Biology and minor in Chemistry and later obtained an MS in Physiology and Biophysics with a special focus on Integrative Medicine from Georgetown University. She interned at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she worked in a trial evaluating an intervention to improve quality of life among Latina breast cancer survivors and their caregivers. She moved on to work as a Research Coordinator at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, MD, where she worked with chronic pain patients and conducted research on placebo effects. Maxie presented her work at multiple national and international conferences and became a published author with more than two hundred citations to date.
Hurricane Maria, which devastated Borikén in 2017, was a disaster that further accelerated Maxie’s awareness of how social, ecological, and environmental factors had significant implications on individual and community health. After a couple of months, she received training in Restorative Practices through the National Center for Conflict Resolution, and in 2019 became a Certified Health Coach through the American Council on Exercise. With her combination of training and experience, Maxie went on to organize womnx’s circles and community circles with the Centro Cultural de la Raza, the organization Detention Resistance, and other local activist collectives in need of a safe and restorative space to reduce the impact of trauma and harm, strengthen community bonds, and to hold important conversations in community. Additionally, she coaches and works directly with people looking to improve their health and well-being. Currently, Maxie is also completing a professional doctorate degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
Maxie has worked with people of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicities, and health statuses in a variety of settings, which has helped her develop insight into the complexity of contexts that result from the intersection of race and disability, as well as financial, geographic, and historical factors. She has been an avid advocate for health and social justice at the community level and on platforms such as the American Council on Exercise and the podcast SoCal Voices, where she has been featured. Maxie is very passionate about the intersection of social justice, restorative practices, trauma-informed healing, and the environment. She sees a future where individual and community healing occurs in tandem with alignment with the environment. In her free time, Maxie enjoys movement, reading, crafting, and connecting with her ancestral Taino indigenous roots.