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Aja DeCoteau
(503) 731-1252

Employee since: 2009

Tribal Affiliation: Yakama

Executive Director

Office of the Executive Director Department
Portland Main Office


Aja DeCoteau is a citizen of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation and has other tribal lineage with the Cayuse, Nez Perce and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. She has over twenty years of experience working on natural resource management and policy issues in the Columbia River Basin. Prior to serving as the Executive Director, she was CRITFC’s Watershed Department Manager where she coordinated fisheries restoration and watershed protection activities and climate change researched response on behalf of the Yakama, Nez Perce, Umatilla, and Warm Springs tribes.

Aja also sits on the following boards and councils:

  • Earthjustice Board of Advisors Board of Trustees
  • American Rivers Board of Directors
  • Columbia Land Trust Board of Directors
  • Portland Energy Conservation, Inc. (PECI) Board of Directors
  • Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) Board of Directors
  • Yale Center for Environmental Justice Advisory Council
  • National Parks Service Advisory Board


  • Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies and Native American Studies, Dartmouth College
  • Master of Environmental Management, Yale University, School of the Environment

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