Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, American Indian Higher Education Consortium
Althea Walker is currently the Tribal Climate Science Liaison for the American Indian Higher Education Consortium at the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center. She is a descendant of the Nez Perce, Hopi, and Gila River people and is an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Community. Althea is 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 change adaptation planning. 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 incorporating Indigenous knowledge into geoscience curriculum and 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 recently became a board member for the hipéexnu’ kíi’u núun wisíix Inc., which promotes, protects, and revitalizes the Nez Perce language and culture. Althea previously worked for the Gila River Indian Community where she was the Environmental Education & Outreach Specialist.