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Nikoosh Carlo, PhD

USARC Commissioner

APPOINTED: April 5, 2022

REAPPOINTED: March 7, 2023

TERM EXPIRES: February 26, 2027

REPRESENTATION: Academic/Research

FOCUS: Arctic and Climate Change Policy, Equity, Indigenous Leadership, Innovative Funding for Climate Solutions

Nikoosh Carlo, PhD
US Arctic Research Commission
4350 N. Fairfax Road
Suite 510
Arlington, VA 22203

Dr. Nikoosh Carlo is founder and chief strategist at CNC North Consulting. She has extensive experience working to advance community-based solutions to climate change. She helps clients develop a vision for their climate and Arctic priorities, navigate building momentum to achieve change, and foster partnerships to drive forward movement. Dr. Carlo has a special interest in advancing initiatives that support climate equity and the health and well-being of Arctic residents and Indigenous peoples.

Dr. Carlo previously served as senior advisor for climate and Arctic policy to the Governor of Alaska (2017-18), a senior advisor at the U.S. State Department for the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council (2015-17), and the executive director of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission (2013-15).

Dr. Carlo is Koyukon Athabascan and has deep roots in the Interior Alaska communities of Fairbanks and Tanana, where she was raised. Dr. Carlo received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California San Diego and a B.S. in psychology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.


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