Current Board Members

The UAA is a volunteer-run organization led by the UAA Board of Directors.

 
2021 Board:

Executive Team:

 

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.

 

Katherine Kulik | Vice President
2014 Honorable Mention
Arlington, VA

 
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).

Jenna Hartter | Treasurer
2014 Scholar
Denver, CO

 

Jenna lives in Denver, CO and works for a boutique supply chain consulting company. When she’s not managing operations for or advising one of her startup clients, she can be found hiking in Colorado’s beautiful mountains or working on her backyard garden. Jenna is a big believer in the power of small change and is equally as engaged in bringing sustainable decision making to her personal life as she is to the business world and the clients she works with. Jenna graduated with a BS in Finance and BS in Sustainability from Oregon State University in 2015. She started her career in operations at Unilever, the $60B consumer goods company, before transitioning to the startup world. 




 


Programmatic Roles:

 

 
Sam Horowitz | Co-Director of Udall Connect (Mentorship)
2019 Honorable Mention
NYC and New Haven, CT
 
 
Sam is a first-year Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of the Environment studying environmental policy analysis. Most recently, he served as a platform committee advisor to the DNC Climate Council. He has developed climate policy for multiple presidential campaigns, supported first-of-its-kind research on climate change and city economic competitiveness at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and is a Kerry Fellow at the Yale Jackson Institute. Sam is from Brooklyn, New York, and holds a B.A. in environmental analysis and public policy from Pitzer College.

 

 
Elizabeth Sheldon | Co-Director of Udall Connect (Mentorship)
2020 Scholar
Pella, Iowa
 
 
Elizabeth is a senior at Central College studying Environmental Sustainability and minoring in Political Science. She has interned in a variety of fields within environmentalism including; research, waste, fundraising, and conservation! She loves  human connection and  finds the best way to connect is through creativity. She loves creating videos, taking photos, recording podcasts, and making music. When it comes to full time work Elizabeth puts her entire effort towards shifting the political climate around climate change and restoring as much land as possible.
 
 
 

 

Catie Ferrara Iannitto | Co-Director of Communications 
2009 and 2010 Honorable Mention
Brooklyn, NY

 
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.

 

 

Bailey Chalfant | Co-Director of Communications 
2020 Honorable Mention
Southeastern Montana

Bailey is a current senior at West Texas A&M University where she majors in Health Sciences with an emphasis in healthcare administration. In addition to being a full time online student, she works full time for her tribal board of health as an Environmental Health technician/sanitarian. This fall she will transition in an MPH program from the University of Montana, GO Griz! She has interned for MT senator, Jon Tester in his Washington D.C. office and is currently working on an anthropological view of Northern Cheyenne health with the Jo Stewart Randel research grant from Center for the American West (CSAW) based in Canyon, Texas.

 

 

Joshua Bertalotto | Director of Webinars
2017 Intern and Honorable Mention
Batltimore, MD

 
Joshua is originally from Hamburg, Louisiana and am is proud member of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana. He attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where he studied sociology and social policy. Josh also elected to Student Government, founded the first indigenous student group, and even got to be the Blue Jay Mascot. Following graduation, he accepted his first job in the same place where he was a Udall intern, with Senator Udall’s staff with the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Since then, he worked with the Center for Native American Youth and am now a lobbyist for multiple Tribes throughout the US. He is based in Baltimore. Joshua is also a proud pawrent/dogfather to an 8-year old adopted Chihuahua named Nod.

 

 

Che’lee John | Co-Director of Regional Networks
2014 Native American Congressional Intern
Lebanon, IN

 
Yá’át’ééh shí éí Che’lee yíníshyé. Bilagáana nishłį. Hashł’shnii báshíshchíín. Bilagáana dashicheii. Tábąąhí dashinálí. Hello I am Che’lee. I am Diné (Navajo) and am currently an associate attorney at Hoover Hull Turner LLP. Che’lee obtained her Juris Doctorate from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in 2016. She earned her undergraduate degree in 2012 from Dartmouth College, where she double majored in psychology and Native American studies. During law school, she was selected as a Udall Congressional Intern and served in the Office of the Solicitor in the Division of Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior.

 

 

Sage Lincoln | Co-Director of Regional Networks
2015 Scholar
Philadelphia, PA

Sage is currently a first-year law student at the University of Pennsylvania pursuing a career in environmental law. Before law school she worked in communications for the Urban Green Council, a nonprofit focusing on building energy efficiency. She received a BS/BA in Geology, Ecology, and Urban Studies with an Economics minor at the University of Pittsburgh in 2018. 



 

 


Committee Members:

 
 
Hogan Dwyer

2018 Honorable Mention
Portland, OR

 
Hogan grew up in suburban New Jersey with his parents and younger brother Aidan. 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.

 

Krystian Sisson
2018 Native American Congressional Intern
Oklahoma
 
 

Krystian grew up in Henryetta, OK and is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She completed her MSW at Washington University in St. Louis in 2018, where she focused on policy, violence and injury prevention, and indigenous communities. She holds a BS from Texas A&M University (Go Aggies!). Krystian runs her own jewelry business, Red Dirt Beadwork, which was created in 2019. She is also a proud mother of a wonderful little girl, and  loves to be outside running, hiking, or gardening. 

Micah Leinbach
2012 Scholar
Milwaukee, WI

 
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!

 

Rebecca Coombs
Honorable Mention 2019
Washington, D.C.
 
 
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. is an advocate and student dedicated to climate change mitigation and resilience. 

 

 

 
 

2020 Board:
Nora Cata, President, 2013 Native American Congressional Scholar
Sage Lincoln, Vice President, 2015 Scholar
Jenna Hartter, Treasurer, 2014 Scholar
Katherine Kulik, Communications, 2014 Honorable Mention
Jack Green, Webinars, 2018-19 Scholar
Ashly Hanna, Mentorship, 2019 Scholar
Rebecca Coombs, Regional Networks, 2014 Scholar
Hogan Dwyer, 2018 Honorable Mention
Sam Horowitz, 2019 Honorable Mention
Shah Hussein, 2012 Scholar
Catie Ferrara Iannitto, 2009-10 Honorable Mention
Micah Leinbach, 2012 Scholar
Krystian Sisson, 2018 Native American Congressional Intern