UPDATE ON UDALL FOUNDATION ALUMS

Udall Foundation alumni span the country and are making positive impacts on the world. We are very proud of our alums and are excited to share some of their success stories below.

  • Anton Chiono A 2005 Udall Scholar, Anton Chiono graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Willamette University in 2006, where he earned a B.A. in environmental science and political science with the support provided by the Udall Foundation. Anton completed his M.S. at Yale in 2008, where he studied natural resource policy, and was named a Wyss Scholar for the Conservation of the American West.

    Raised in a small Oregon logging community during the early 1990s, Chiono witnessed the timber wars raging throughout the West firsthand. These experiences starkly illustrated that for many small, western communities, the day of traditional, resource-based economies had passed. If communities like these were to persist, a new, diversified economic model was needed. For Chiono, working on policies to promote ecosystem service markets presented an opportunity to help both communities like the one of his upbringing and the forests upon which they were dependent. With this motivation in mind, he currently works as a policy analyst for the Pacific Forest Trust (PFT), a California-based non-profit focused on promoting ecosystem service markets to help small, private forest landowners resist financial pressures to convert and develop their lands. At PFT, Chiono's work centers on helping small forest landowners market their forest climate benefits under California's landmark climate law, AB 32. This has provided an exciting opportunity to both help rural communities while contributing to the fight against climate change.

    On the rare occasion Chiono is not sitting in meetings on the environment in Sacramento or Washington, D.C., he likes to be out enjoying the environment. In this limited free time, he likely can be found skiing the Sierra or fly-fishing for wild steelhead on California's North Coast. Chiono currently resides in Berkeley, Calif., where his wife is completing her doctoral studies.

  • Bryan Newland was a member of the 2002 Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Internship class, where he worked in the office of U.S. Senator Carl Levin (MI). Today, Bryan serves as an appointee of President Barack Obama at the U.S. Department of the Interior in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Interior – Indian Affairs. As the Senior Policy Advisor to Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk, Newland provides policy counsel on matters relating to Indian lands, reserved treaty rights, natural resources, Indian gaming, and a range of other areas. In the summer of 2011, he supervised a member of this past year's class of Udall Foundation Native American Interns.

    Newland graduated from James Madison College at Michigan State University in 2003 with a degree in Social Relations. He worked briefly with a Lansing, Michigan-based public relations consulting firm that provided services to Indian tribes, tribal colleges, and private corporations. Newland later enrolled in the Michigan State University College of Law where he received a J.D. in 2007, along with a certificate in Indian Law from the MSU Indigenous Law & Policy Center. After receiving his law degree, he worked with the Michigan-based law firm of Dykema representing tribes, tribal colleges, and candidates for public office on a wide range of issues. In 2008, Newland served as the Michigan Native Vote Coordinator for Barack Obama's Presidential Campaign, and later joined President-Elect Obama's Transition Team following the election.

    "My Udall internship paved the way for my professional career," said Newland. "I was able to meet so many talented and interesting people during my internship, and I have been able to maintain strong personal and professional relationships with my classmates."

    Newland is an enrolled citizen of the Bay Mills Indian Community (Ojibwe) in Michigan. He currently lives in Springfield, Va., with his wife, Erica, and their two children.