Nahal holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MS in Environmental Studies from the The Evergreen State College. She has devoted 15 years to environmental advocacy and activism, starting out as a campus sustainability organizer at UT, to eventually working alongside tribal natural resource directors on climate adaptation projects in Washington State. Nahal brings her professional background in eco-stewardship and non-profit administration, as well as her commitment to supporting skilled, resilient, and informed communities to her steering committee role at Rooted in Resilience. As an environmental researcher and educator, Nahal thrives in community outreach and engagement, encouraging groups of diverse perspectives to recognize their vital role in cultivating a resilient and just society. Her experience includes grant writing, community-based marketing and effective scientific communication, coalition building, refugee resettlement assistance, multi-stakeholder coordination, and emergency preparedness / climate resilience trainings. Her academic research focuses on issues surrounding tribal sovereignty and tribes’ leadership roles in climate adaptation planning.