Vice President of Policy & Strategy, Data for Progress
Narrative Change Director, The Natural History Museum
Absent titles, I am a writer.
You can find my writing in The Guardian, The Nation, The Paris Review, The Walrus, CBC, HuffPost, Vice, Esquire, Pacific Standard, The Marshall Project, ESPN: The Undefeated, Dissent, Jacobin, Crooked, Splinter, Salon, BOMB, Open Space, High Country News, Indian Country Today, Canadian Geographic, Canadian Art, Frontier Magazine, World Policy Journal and other publications. I am a correspondent for Real America with Jorge Ramos, contributing editor at Canadian Geographic and have appeared as a commentator on many programs including MSNBC, Marketplace, The Weeds, CBC, Univision, Democracy Now!, Al Jazeera, TVO, Fusion TV and France 24.
I have been recognized as a finalist for the Livingston Award and nominated for the Canadian National Magazine Awards twice. I wrote the foreword to the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada. Development, the journal of the Society for International Development, published my work on the role of Indigenous peoples in combating climate change, and I was invited to consult for the forthcoming UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights' general comment on land rights. I have authored and edited many public policy briefs, memos, reports, polls, scorecards and other works, contributing to progressive platforms like the Green New Deal.
The belief that Indigenous peoples can contribute to understanding and solving the world's most pressing challenges inspires my work. I helped lead a grassroots effort to bring an Indigenous canoe journey to San Francisco Bay to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Alcatraz Occupation. Eighteen canoes representing communities from as far north as Canada and as far west as Hawaii participated in the journey, which was covered by dozens of local and national media outlets, including The New York Times. In addition to the canoe journey, I guest edited “Alcatraz is Not an Island”, a special issue of Open Space magazine, and moderated a four-part speaker series, “Alcatraz: An Unfinished Occupation”, co-hosted by five local museums.
I studied history at Columbia University and the University of Oxford, where I was a Clarendon scholar. I led 350.org’s US policy work and was an Urban Fellow in the Commissioner’s Office of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development.
Raised in a single-mother household in Oakland, California, I am a proud member of the Canim Lake Band Tsq'escen and a descendant of the Lil'Wat Nation of Mount Currie.