The UAA is a volunteer-run organization led by the UAA Board of Directors.
Nora Cata | President
2013 Native American Congressional Intern
San Francisco, CA
Nora resides in San Francisco and works at Stanford School of Engineering’s entrepreneurship center as the university’s first growth marketer. She’s passionate about uplifting the underrepresented and volunteers her time for the campus’ inaugural people of color in technology (POC-IT) affinity group. In addition to her cross-industry marketing experience, Nora has a background in sustainability and was awarded the title of SJSU’s Environmental Champion for her contributions to rolling out the City of Menlo Park’s first reusable bag ordinance and for her research on tribal renewable energy. Outside of work, you’ll find her running from bay to peak to ocean, volunteering at a Tenderloin homeless community center, petting the closest dog, and most definitely juggling three books at once.
Sage Lincoln | Vice President
New York, NY
Sage is the Communications Associate and Urban Green Council, a nonprofit in NYC focused on building sustainability. She with experience in energy efficiency, environmental policy and communications, having previously worked at N.O.A.A., Pure Earth, the University of Pittsburgh and with PA House Representative Dan Frankel. Sage holds a B.A in Urban Studies and a B.S. in Environmental Geology and Ecology & Evolution from the University of Pittsburgh.
Jenna Hartter | Treasurer
Jenna is a native Oregonian and loves everything the PNW has to offer – especially the hiking, the rain, and the bookstores. She works in supply chain for Unilever where she promotes sustainability and other operational efficiencies, with a current focus on plastic and carbon reduction. Prior to Unilever, Jenna worked with communities on social enterprise models, microcredit programs, and sustainable small island development. She is 95% vegetarian and enjoys trying new recipes, travelling to remote places, and reading anything nonfiction. Jenna graduated with a BS in Finance and BS in Sustainability from Oregon State University in 2015.
Ashly Hana | Director of Udall Connect (Mentorship)
Grand Forks, ND
Ashly grew up in Longmont, Colorado and currently attends the University of North Dakota studying American Indian Studies and Criminal Justice. She is a Hunkpapa Lakota woman affiliated with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. With the support of the McNair program, she conducts independent research on recidivism in Native American communities in ND, and ultimately wants to get her Ph.D. After a life full of research and experience helping her community in any public policy aspects she can, Ashly would like to become a professor. With her free time, she mentors Native American High School students and enjoys watching hockey.
Katherine Marie Kulik | Director of Communications
2014 Honorable Mention
Katherine is from the greater Boston area and graduated from Harvard College in 2015 where she studied History and Science & Earth and Planetary Sciences. She now loves living in Arlington, VA and enjoying DC’s rooftop and restaurant scene, running along the Potomac, and working as a trivia host by night. By day, she works in the energy sector as a coder/ quantitative data analyst for a small, but growing firm analyzing electricity markets. Katherine also loves getting involved with environmental related projects, and in her free time has been involved with the Environmental and Data Governance Initiative (edgi.com
) and project researching the feasibility of a CCA power option in the DC area (virginiacleanenergy.com
Jack Green | Director of Webinars
2018 and 2019 Scholar
Baton Rogue, LA
Jack is a senior attending LSU pursuing dual degrees in Applied Coastal Environmental Science and Political Science. She is a LASAL scholar at LSU, focusing his studies on coastal land loss and racial poverty in Louisiana. She is a founding member of the Louisiana Youth Platform, a youth advocacy coalition promoting communication between young people in Louisiana with their representatives on the topics of environmentalism, criminal justice reform, education, and economic development. Jack spent this past semester as a delegate for the American Chemical Society at the UNFCCC COP 25 in Madrid doing science communication.
Rebecca Coombs | Director of Regional Networks
2014 Honorable Mention
Rebecca is a climate and energy consultant at Cadmus. Her work combines expertise in climate and energy policy with formats for dialogue to develop renewable energy policies and programs, focusing on climate action in cities, states, and island jurisdictions internationally. Currently in Washington, D.C. and previously at the Cadmus Berlin and Boston offices, she has taken on a leading role in shaping collaboration between actors in Europe and the U.S. on climate and energy issues. She has lived and/or worked in the U.S., Germany, East Asia and Latin America/ Caribbean, and is fluent in German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. She graduated from the College of the Atlantic with a degree in Human Ecology and from the United World College in Hong Kong.
Catie Ferrara Iannitto
2009 and 2010 Honorable Mention
Catie works as a resilience planner for New York City, updating zoning regulations that guide development and urban design across the city’s floodplain. She came into urban planning by way of a liberal arts environmental studies education in upstate New York and development consulting work in Boston. Her days involve a lot of public speaking, active listening, writing, and qualitative analysis. In free time, Catie is probably out running, exploring the end of a public transit line, or catching live music.
2018 Honorable Mention
Hogan grew up in suburban New Jersey with his parents and younger brother Aidan (pictured). By high school, he was antsy to get out of the suburbs and chose to attend rural St. Lawrence University in upstate NY (basically Canada). There he studied Environmental Studies and Philosophy while running track/cross-country and advocating for environmental causes. After graduating in May of 2019, he celebrated with a bike trip across the country with the nonprofit Bike and Build. He recently started as a Research & Project Specialist at Sustainable Jersey, helping municipalities and schools in NJ become sustainable energy communities.
2018 Native American Congressional Intern
Krystian grew up in Henryetta, Oklahoma and is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She completed her MSW at WashU in 2018, concentrating on violence and injury prevention and specializing in policy. She was on the WashU cheer team while in grad school (Go, Bears!). She also holds a B.S. in psychology from Texas A&M University. Prior to grad school, Krystian worked as a case manager with rural children and youth and with homeless individuals and families. After grad school, she participated in the Udall Foundation Native American Internship Program and worked for Congresswoman Norma Torres in DC. Following the internship, she stayed in DC for an additional year to work as the American Indian Law & Policy fellow at Akin Gump. Krystian currently wears many hats, but her favorite is being a mama to her baby girl.
Micah is an educator by training, having started an outdoor education company in northern Michigan that used social learning techniques to do social justice education in wilderness classrooms. He’s since shifted into the corporate world, where he now works in leadership development and learning programs for Guild Education, Colorado’s fastest growing startup. He is also the founder of BOAT (“The Bus for Outdoor Access & Teaching”), a non-profit that provides accessible wilderness expeditions out of a converted school bus. His background is in environmental studies, and at various times he’s been involved in urban agriculture, green energy financing, wildlife biology, community organizing, and more. The outdoors and higher education won out in the end!
Honorable Mention 2019
NYC and Claremont, CA
Sam is an advocate and student dedicated to climate change mitigation and resilience. He is from NYC, where his experience with Superstorm Sandy imbued a passion for climate policy. Sam is the NY State Field Advisor for Our Climate, a youth-led climate advocacy group. He also serves as the L.A. Regional Director for the California Young Democrats Environmental Caucus, and was previously President of the Democrats of the Claremont Colleges. He is currently serving as an advisor to the DNC Environment and the Climate Crisis Council’s Platform Committee. Sam is a senior at Pitzer College and, after graduation, will be attending the Yale School of the Environment.
Shah Noor Hussein
Shah Noor Hussein is a writer, educator, and unapologetic queer black feminist with an M.A. in Anthropology focusing on gender studies, black art and teaching pedagogies. Shah recently served as a Writing Fellow at the California Institute of Integral Studies and Teaching Fellow for the Peralta Community College System. They currently work as an adjunct professor at Laney College, a freelance writer and a multimedia artist in Oakland. Shah will begin their doctoral program at UC Santa Cruz in the Fall of 2019 as an esteemed Cota Robles Fellow. Their research (re)centers marginalized voices in dialogues on alternative epistemologies and cultural reproduction.
Micah Leinbach, President, 2012 Scholar
Sage Lincoln, Vice President, 2015 Scholar
Katrina Klett, Secretary, 2013 Scholar
Zack Davidson, Treasurer, 2011 Honorable Mention
Catie Ferrara Iannitto, Communications, 2009-10 Honorable Mention
Abby Halperin, Webinars, 2010-11 Scholar
Cailey Gibson, Mentorship, 2005 Scholar
Shah Noor Hussein, Mentorship, 2012 Scholar