Coral Avery is an enrolled member of the Shawnee Tribe and grew up in San Diego County, California. She is a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Pathways Program Intern working closely with NW CASC Tribal Liaison Chas Jones for both the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) and NW CASC in youth climate programming. Coral’s professional mission is to bring attention to the bridge of social and environmental sustainability.
In Coral’s previous role as a BIA Pathways Program Intern at the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, she specialized in Tribal forestry, food sovereignty, and natural resource management. She also taught as an Education Specialist at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park where she bridged topics of ecosystem functions, wildlife conservation and K-12 art and science.
Coral will earn her BS degree from Oregon State University in the fall of 2020 in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and Sustainability with a minor in German. She is looking forward to expanding her regional connections and bridging her experiences back home and in the Pacific Northwest.