Director of Green New Deal 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, 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 Marketplace, CBC, 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 designed the first climate scorecard for 2020 presidential candidates and have helped craft many policy platforms, including 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 am currently organizing a grassroots effort to bring an Indigenous canoe journey to San Francisco Bay to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Alcatraz occupation and engage youth in stewardship of water and land.
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.