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Mehrdad Khatibi


Mehrdad Khatibi

Mehrdad is the Co-Director for the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Mehrdad joined ITEP in July of 2003.

Prior to joining ITEP & NAU, Mehrdad worked for the Pueblo of Jemez, as Director for the Jemez Department of Resource Protection. Mehrdad has been working in the Native American environmental and natural resource management field since 1996. Work experience includes: EPA Region 6 Tribal Operations Committee delegate; Department of Energy (DOE) State Tribal Government Working Group (STGWG) delegate; New Mexico Inter-tribal Resource Advisory Council (IRAC); development of multi-media environmental monitoring programs; budget development and management; and Strategic resource management and planning.

Mehrdad is a graduate of Western Washington University, Huxley College of Environmental Studies and has a B.S. degree in Environmental Policy & Assessment. As ITEP's Co-Director, Mehrdad works closely with the ITEP Co-Director Nikki Cooley to provide leadership in strategic planning, oversight of ITEP's multi-media environmental program activities and initiatives, support for new program development, university-tribal relations, serve as PI for ITEP grants & contracts; and management of ITEP's human and financial resources.

Mehrdad can be reached by e-mail at

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