Session One - virtual National Adaptation Forum Tribal & Indigenous Climate Adaptation Series

Webinar Date: 
October 27, 2021

Session Description:

This session will share promising approaches, lessons learned, tools, and resources developed by Pala's federally funded Tribal Climate Health Project (TCHP). In the last five years, this program has worked to strength U.S. Tribal capacity to assess and prepare for the health and other impacts of climate change through trainings, peer knowledge exchange, tools, nation-wide partnerships, data development, research, and direct assistance. This session will highlight the latest information on the health impacts of climate-induced wildfire, drought, heat, storms, and flooding on Tribes. It will detail how Pala has used its own adaptation experiences to inform the TCHP and how the TCHP continually informs Pala's adaptation efforts.


Presenter Bios:

Shasta Gaughen

Shasta Gaughen is the Environmental Director and the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Pala Band of Mission Indians in Pala, California. She has worked for Pala since January 2005, and established Pala’s Tribal Historic Preservation Office in 2008. Dr. Gaughen received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico and is on the faculty of the department of anthropology at California State University, San Marcos. She is Chair of the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, a member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Secretary of the Board for the Native American Environmental Protection Coalition, lead of the Tribal Working Group for the Climate Science Alliance, and a member of the Institute of Tribal Environmental Professionals’ Climate Change Advisory Committee. Dr. Gaughen oversees the Tribal Climate Health Project, a grant-funded education and outreach project that includes a website, resource clearinghouse, webinars, videos, and in-person presentations on climate change and health adaptation in Tribal communities.


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Angie Hacker

Angie Hacker is the Principal Consultant and CEO of Prosper Sustainably, a woman-owned, California-based firm providing energy, climate, and environmental consulting services for communities and the organizations that serve them. Angie has 20 years of public, private and non-profit experience serving communities in the areas of sustainability, clean energy, and climate resilience. Her deep background working within and with local and tribal governments makes her uniquely qualified to engage with staff, decision-makers and other stakeholders to develop meaningful actions that address community needs, advance goals, and leverage assistance programs to help under-resourced communities prosper and thrive. Among her clients, Angie serves as lead consultant for the Pala Band of Missions Indians’ national Tribal Climate Health Project and as the Statewide Best Practices Coordinator for Local Government Commission’s California Climate and Energy Collaborative. She earned a Master of Public Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Social Psychology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She is also an active member of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals. 


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