Octaviana Trujillo named to Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s advisory committee

Montreal, 30 September 2015—Octaviana V. Trujillo (Yaqui), Ph.D., has been appointed as a US member of the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, a trilateral organization that supports cooperation between Canada, Mexico and the United States to address North American environmental issues.

Dr. Trujillo is founding chair and professor of the department of Applied Indigenous Studies at Northern Arizona University (NAU), and teaches courses on tribal nation building. She is also the principal investigator (for community outreach) at the National Cancer Institute-funded Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention, which focuses on alleviating the burden of cancer among Native Americans of the southwestern United States.

Throughout her professional career, she has been involved with education, health, social services, as well as cultural enhancement programs in conjunction with communities, tribal government entities, and higher education institutions.

Dr. Trujillo received a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Arizona State University.

JPAC is composed of 15 citizens, five from each of the three countries. It advises the CEC’s governing Council, which is composed of the cabinet-level environment ministers from Canada, Mexico and the United States, and ensures public participation, openness and transparency in the actions of the CEC.

A full biography for Dr. Trujillo and additional information about JPAC is available at www.cec.org/JPAC.