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Robyn Jackson

Executive Director

Robyn Jackson, Executive Director, is Tó’áhaní (Near the Water Clan). She is from the Diné community of Wheatfields, AZ, where she grew up in the Chuska Mountains. Immersed in the environmental justice movement from a young age, she is the daughter of two of Diné C.A.R.E.’s co-founding members, Adella Begaye and Leroy Jackson. Her parents' leadership continues to serve as inspiration for her. She has experience in research, community organizing, public education, organizational management, and fundraising in social and environmental justice campaigns related to health, water rights, forestry, sustainable food systems, energy and renewable technologies in the Navajo Nation and Southwest. Her full-time work with Diné C.A.R.E. began in 2017. Up until 2022, she was Diné C.A.R.E.'s lead organizer on oil, gas, helium, coal retirement and just transition in Arizona. Her advocacy has expanded to include a just and equitable transition for oil and gas impacted communities and organizing citizen groups to intervene within regulatory spaces at tribal, state, and federal levels. Her work centers Diné values, honoring ancestral teachings and the Diné philosophy of life. Robyn's leadership ensures the continuation of Diné C.A.R.E.'s mission and the generational continuity of Indigenous environmental justice advocacy. Robyn has a B.A. in Sociology from Fort Lewis College. She is completing a graduate certificate in Indigenous Nation-Building and pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Northern Arizona University.

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