Nez Perce, Hopi, and Gila River
Co-Director and Community Resilience Lead
Climate Science Alliance
Althea Walker is a descendant of the Nez Perce, Hopi, and Gila River people and is an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Community. As the Co-Director and Community Resilience Lead for the Climate Science Alliance, Althea works to provide leadership, vision, and support for Tribal partners and advance projects and activities identified by the Tribal Working Group to build resilience and capacity. Althea is also a Certified Public Manager and Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental & Resource Management & Master of Science in Environmental Technology Management from Arizona State University.
Her career has focused on environmental protection, green building, zero waste planning, community engagement, and climate resiliency. Her work in these areas have ranged from analyzing the impacts of dam operation and climate change on Columbia River salmon and lamprey migration to weaving Indigenous knowledge into climate change adaptation planning.
She is a Sequoyah Fellow (lifetime member) of the American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) and an editorial board member of the AISES magazine, Winds of Change. She is a steering committee member for the Indigenous Foods Knowledges Network, and a board member for the hipéexnu’ kíi’u núun wisíix Inc., whose mission is to promote, protect, and revitalize the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) language and cultural ways of life. Althea previously worked for the American Indian Higher Education Consortium at the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center as the Tribal Climate Science Liaison.