Jim Woods, Senior Tribal Policy Advisor for EPA's Pacific Northwest regional office.
Contact Jim Woods
Phone: 800-424-4372 or 206-553-2871
EPA Region 10, Office of the Regional Administrator
1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900
Seattle, WA 98101
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Jim Woods (K’a’s•cak•a•b’lkh) is a member of the Makah Tribe in Neah Bay, Washington, a reservation comprised of five Native American villages located along the Pacific Northwest coast.
Jim is serving under a renewed Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement through 2015 as the senior liaison between tribes and the EPA regional office, communicating tribal perspectives, trust responsibility, sovereignty, treaty rights, and self-governance to the Regional Administrator and senior EPA management.
One of his primary responsibilities is the regional implementation of the Presidential Executive Order on Consultation and Coordination with Tribal Governments, focusing on promoting effective and meaningful government-to-government interaction with tribes in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
Before his appointment to EPA, Jim served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Swinomish Tribe, focusing on environmental and natural resource policies and treaty rights.
"EPA has a unique relationship with tribes, as our common goal is to ensure we provide healthy and safe communities and sustainable resources in the Northwest and Alaska for today and generations to come. As EPA's Senior Tribal Policy Advisor, Jim carries the voices of hundreds of tribal communities and members in a meaningful way to EPA and helps both the agency and tribes find common ground to advance tribal environmental protection objectives,” said Brian Cladoosby, Chairman of the Swinomish Tribe."
Previously Jim led the Sustainable Resource Management division for the Makah Tribal Council. Along with his position as Advisor to the Tribal Council on treaty rights, he managed the tribe’s environmental and fisheries research programs and projects that were directly engaged with EPA. With the management of EPA activities, Jim has worked closely with natural resource issues affecting freshwater and marine ecosystems on the Washington Coast.
Today his primary focus is on the environmental policies that may affect Indian Country and Alaska Native Villages, the better health of native people, and the natural resources that are important to the livelihood of tribes. He strives to protect treaty guaranteed rights as well as aquatic sustainable resources throughout Indian Country and subsistence resources vital to Alaska Native Villages. One of his priorities is salmon restoration, protection and enhancement.