Carla Fredericks, Director of the American Indian Law Clinic, University of Colorado Law School, and Director of the First Peoples Investment Engagement Program
Carla Fredericks is Director of the American Indian Law Clinic at the University of Colorado Law School and Director of the First Peoples Investment Engagement Program. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado and Columbia Law School. Ms. Fredericks's areas of research expertise include indigenous peoples law, federal Indian law, human rights, development, finance, and business and human rights. Ms. Fredericks has significant practice experience in securities litigation and was previously a partner at Milberg LLP in New York, where she also founded Milberg's Native American practice and directed the firm's civil/human rights litigation. She maintains an active pro bono practice focused on complex and appellate litigation and Native American affairs, representing Indian tribes and organizations in a variety of litigation and policy matters. She is chair of the Board of Trustees for the Mashantucket Pequot (Western) Endowment Trust. Finally, she is a proud, enrolled citizen of the Mandan Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation of North Dakota.
Mali Ole Kaunga, Director, IMPACT
Ole Kaunga is a Laikipia Maasai and the founder and director of OSILIGI (Organisation for the Survival of Il-Laikipiak Maasai Indigenous Group Initiatives), which translates to HOPE in Maasai. OSILIGI later transformed into IMPACT (Indigenous Movement for Peace Advancement and Conflict Transformation), an organisation that exists to organise, build, and strengthen indigenous peoples’ social movements at the grassroots level in northern Kenya. IMPACT’s key areas of intervention are: indigenous and human rights awareness; community self-organising and capacity development; peace-building; business and human rights; land rights and natural resource governance; legal and policy advocacy; and community development. The organisation also works with different pastoralist communities to address the social and policy exclusion faced by indigenous people in Northern Kenya and other areas.
Ole is also founder and convener of PARAN (Pastoralists Alliance for Resilience and Adaptation in Northern Kenya Rangelands), a coalition of community leaders, natural resource stewards, grassroots organisations, and customary institutions. He has previously worked and consulted with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) as an indigenous peoples expert for its Africa Program on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (Convention 169), with WIPO on issues of Maasai Cultural Heritage, and with UNESCO on Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and Climate Change. He has published articles in different journals in the areas of indigenous traditional knowledge; indigenous people and urbanisation; indigenous peoples’ education; and the militarisation of indigenous peoples’ lands. At OSILIGI, he pioneered strategic litigation for indigenous peoples when he brought an international case against the British government for using Maasai and Samburu lands for military training and for leaving live ordinances that maimed, killed, and injured scores of Maasai and Samburu in the grazing fields. He has been involved in lobbying and advancing the interests of indigenous peoples affected by the Lake Turkana Wind Power and the Isiolo Mega Dam at national and international levels. He is a member of the CI Indigenous Advisory Group.
Jonathan Rose, President, Jonathan Rose Companies
Jonathan F.P. Rose’s business, public policy and not-for-profit work focus on creating a more environmentally, socially and economically responsible world. In 1989, Mr. Rose founded Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate development, planning, consulting and investment firm. The firm has completed $2.3 billion of transformational work, in close collaboration with cities and not for-profits. Mr. Rose is a thought leader in a wide range of urban issues, and the development of communities of opportunity. He has received the MIT’s Visionary Leadership Award, The Urban Land Institute’s global award for Excellence and many other awards for his work. Mr. Rose’s book on how to create resilient cities, The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life, was published by Harper Wave in 2016, and won the 2017 PROSE Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Trade Publisher. Mr. Rose is a Trustee of Enterprise Community Partners and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects and Honorary Trustee of the American Museum of Natural History and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Mr. Rose plays bass and blues harp. Mr. Rose and his wife Diana Calthorpe Rose are the co-founders of the Garrison Institute and serve on its Board. The Institute connects inner transformation with outer solutions to relieve suffering in the fields of trauma, education and the environment. Mr. Rose graduated from Yale University in 1974 with a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy, and received a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980.
Nick Tilsen, President and CEO of NDN Collective, and Oglala Lakota Tribal Member
Nick is a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation, father of four and founder of the NDN Collective. Nick has over 17 years of experience in working with non-profits and tribal nations on projects that have a social mission. Prior to NDN, Nick founded and served as the Executive Director of the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation for 12 years. Working in his home community on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to build place-based innovations that have the ability to inform systems change solutions around climate resiliency, sustainable housing and equitable community development. Nick created the NDN Collective to scale these place-based solutions while building needed philanthropic, social impact investment, capacity and advocacy infrastructure geared towards building the collective power of Indigenous Peoples. Nick has received numerous fellowships and awards from Ashoka, Rockefeller Foundation, Bush Foundation and the Social Impact Award from Claremont-Lincoln University. In 2017 Nick received an honorary doctorate degree from Sinte Gleska University. Nick continues his community organizing work and sits on the boards of the Indigenous Peoples Power Project, and Water Protector Legal Collective.