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Meet Maggie

I have lived my entire life in Washington State. My grandfather, Jerry McCarty, helped to create the governing constitution for the Makah Tribe.  He taught his family the importance of the democratic process and duty to your community.  My professional career has been dedicated to public service.  My family, my education, and my work have all contributed to the skills I will bring as Port Commissioner.   

My education is in law and public policy with a master’s degree in public administration.  I have been an employment rights director for the tribes, created business plans for community development and worked on national clean air legislation.

Regional Leadership

  • Chairman of the Makah Gambling Committee 
  • Makah Higher Education Committee 
  • Oregon Native American Entrepreneurship Network Board
  • Makah Personnel Committee
  • Hiring Committee at The Evergreen State College
  • California Adaptation Forum Equity Advisory Committee on Indigenous Research Protocols
  • Nisqually Indian Tribes Grant Writing/Planning Team
  • Member of the Governor’s Office of Ocean Acidification Alliance
  • Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals National Tribal Forum on Air Quality
  • West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health California/ Oregon/Washington, Marine Debris ACT 

Maggie’s Professional Affiliations And Service

  • EPA-National Tribal Air Association Executive Committee, representing Region 10 Tribes 
  • National Climate Assessment 4: Portland, Oregon
  • National Climate Research Center Boulder, CO, Rising Voices Collaborative Science with Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Solutions
  • ProPublica Diversity Scholarship, National Journalist Association
  • The Bush Foundation Social Innovation
  • Tribal/First Nations Climate Summit
  • National Adaptation Forum in St. Paul MN: The Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Climate Resilience Program
  • Native Action Network, Native Leadership Initiative cohort, in collaboration with King County United Way and “A Seat at the Table Boot Camp”
  • Annual Northwest Climate Conference/Climate Impact Group University of Washington
  • FEMA Certified Trainer, training for Tribal Leadership on Natural Disasters Preparedness
  • NASA ARSET Satellite Data Analyst research on air quality, and a NASA Ambassador on Human Health Air Quality and Applied Sciences
  • Ocean Conservancy, author, Protecting Treaty Trust Resources for Future Generations
  • Ocean Conservancy, author, We Are the Carriers of Water 

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