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Rachael Novak

Coordinator of the Tribal Resilience Program

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Rachael Novak, Navajo (Diné) is Coordinator of the Bureau of Indian Affairs' (BIA) Tribal Resilience Program (Acting) and also serves as the Tribal Resilience Science Coordinator. Her first clan is Tse' Deeshgizhnii (Gap in the Rock Clan) and her maternal grandfather's clan is Kinyaa'áanii (Towering House Clan). At BIA, she leads efforts to support tribal resilience including the annual competitive funding opportunity for tribal adaptation planning and the development of the Tribes and Indigenous Peoples Chapter of the 4th National Climate Assessment (as Coordinating Federal Lead Author). From 2008-2015, she worked on the development of water quality standards through the Clean Water Act at the Office of Water at the U.S. EPA in Washington, DC. She has a M.S. in geosciences from the University of Arizona and a B.S./B.A. in Environmental Science (geoscience track)/International Studies in Environmental Science from Oregon State University. She currently resides in Washington, DC with her husband and new baby boy.

Rachael can be reached by e-mail at Rachael.Novak@bia.gov.

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