NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region Welcomes Tribal Relations Coordinator
NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region selected Amilee Wilson as Tribal Relations Coordinator. Wilson previously served as the tribal coordinator for the NOAA Fisheries West Coast Regional Office in Lacey, Washington, and in Portland, Oregon. She worked extensively on grants administration, including emergency fisheries funding. Wilson was a recipient of the 2022 NOAA Administrator’s Award for her exemplary work on CARES Act implementation.
As the tribal coordinator for the West Coast Region, Wilson revamped the Tribal Relations Training Program. She also served as a founding member and co-chair of the NOAA Native American/Alaska Native Employee Resource Group. She was often consulted as an expert to assist with tribal relations issues across the agency. Wilson has more than twenty-five years of experience working with Native tribes in the private, state, and federal sectors.
Wilson is a descendant of the Shinnecock Nation on the eastern side of Long Island, New York, but she was raised on the West Coast at a 200-acre cattle ranch near Olympia, Washington. She says the nearby Skokomish Indian Tribe became her Native family. She earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and a master’s degree in public policy from Evergreen State College. Wilson also holds certificates in tribal relations from the Hatfield Institute for Tribal Government at Portland State University and in diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace from the University of Southern Florida.
She currently resides in Yakutat.