Jihan Gearon

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"Jihan is Diné (Navajo) and African American. Jihan grew up in Fort Defiance, located on the eastern part of the Navajo reservation in Arizona. She is a graduate of Stanford University with a Bachelors of Science in Earth Systems and a focus in Energy Science and Technology. In her current role as Executive Director of the Black Mesa Water Coalition(BMWC), Jihan leads her staff and network in building a just transition away from the fossil fuel based economy of the Navajo Nation and towards a green economy that uplifts the traditional economy and honors the culture of the Navajo people. Her experience and expertise includes work on Indigenous Peoples rights, environmental justice, climate justice, and the impacts of energy development, climate change, and related policies on Indigenous Peoples and people of color. Jihan is based out of Flagstaff, Arizona." [1]


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  1. Center for Story-based Strategy People, organizational web page, accessed June 19, 2013.