Interim Executive Director
Robyn Jackson is Tó’áhaní (Near the Water Clan) and is from the Chuska Mountains. She grew up among the social and environmental justice leaders of Diné C.A.R.E. and works with them today. Her parents led local community sustainable forestry efforts in the Chuskas in the 1990s, and this continues to serve as inspiration for her. Robyn has experience in research, organizing, and community education in environmental campaigns related to energy, health, water rights, forestry, sustainable food systems, and renewable technologies in the Four Corners region. In 2013, Robyn was part of the research team at the Diné Policy Institute and contributed to the development of the Diné Food Sovereignty Report. Robyn began full-time work with Diné C.A.R.E. in 2017. Prior to her current role as Interim Executive Director, she was the lead organizer from Diné C.A.R.E. on oil, gas, helium, coal retirement and just transition in Arizona. Beginning in January 2018, Robyn coordinated with the organization Earthworks and their Community Empowerment Project to regularly bring technical staff to the Navajo community of Red Valley, generating local and national media attention to the problem of heavy emitting aged oil wells, as well as documenting the expansion of helium drilling, and the long-term environmental and human health harms of oil and gas operations. Robyn has a B.A. in Sociology from Fort Lewis College and is pursuing a graduate certificate in Indigenous Nation-Building, Leadership & Management from Northern Arizona University.