Javier Kinney

Carbon Project Manager, Natural Resources Division, Yurok Tribe


Javier I. Kinney is a Yurok Tribal citizen and currently serves as the Carbon Project Manager, Natural Resources Division for the Yurok Tribe.  He has attained a Bachelor of Arts Degrees in History and Native American Studies from the University of California, Davis, a Master of Arts degree in Law & Diplomacy, specializing in Development Economics and International Law from Tufts University-Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, and a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk Law School. Mr. Kinney has extensive experience advising Tribal, State, Federal and International governments, organizations and foundations with expertise in areas of mediation, negotiations, public policy, strategic actions, economic development, youth empowerment, land acquisition, tribal governance, grant management, protection of tribal cultural resources and strategic planning.

Kinney has been an invited to serve as a key-note speaker and guest lecturer at various universities and colleges focusing on leadership, education, Nation-building, and Indigenous affairs. His thought leadership, work and interests have provided him the opportunity to travel with indigenous delegations to Hungary, Venezuela, Jamaica, Colombia, Bolivia, Mexico, Norway, Brazil, Scotland, Egypt, Switzerland,  and Canada. His commitment to global consciousness and visionary change motive him to work with indigenous communities globally and on tribal reservations through the United States. As a graduate student at the Fletcher School, Kinney was selected as a delegate to the inaugural International Achievement Summit held in Budapest, Hungary and has served as a speaker at the United Nations in conjunction with the Nexus Global Youth Summit and hosted international summits on the Yurok ancestral territory.