‘Under the Pala Pala’: Episode 4

In episode 4 of “Under The Pala Pala,” Angelo Villagomez from the Center for American Progress talks about what it’s like for Natives to work for green nongovernmental organizations in Washington, D.C., with Michaela Pavlat from the National Parks Conservation Association and Javan Santos from The Climate Initiative.

A “​pala pala” is a small structure in Chamorro culture that is used as shelter from the sun and rain. There is usually one on a farm or ranch, and after working all day, people come in for lunch to share conversations and laughs. “Under the Pala Pala” is a video series that brings together Indigenous​ ocean advocates to discuss front-line conservation efforts across the United States. The fourth episode explores why it is important for nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to have Native staff and explores how green NGOs can attract and retain Native talent to work in conservation.

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Angelo Villagomez

Senior Fellow

Margaret Cooney

Campaign Manager


Toni Pandolfo

Associate Video Producer

Meghan Miller

Senior Editor

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