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Nicole Johnson, J.D.

Nicole Johnson, J.D.

Executive Director

Nicole A. Johnson serves as Executive Director of the Tataviam Land Conservancy. Her experience advising tribal, state and local governments spans 18 years. As counsel to several tribal governments and tribal non-profits, she advises clients in a wide range of matters, including drafting land use and zoning ordinances, land transaction document review, and consultation with tribes and developers under CEQA and NEPA. She's directed land transfers from county agencies and private individuals to tribal non-profits, securing easements from private property owners and obtaining land management funding grants.Nicole worked directly on California legislation, like SB 18 which requires tribal consultation before adoption or amendment of a General Plan, and, AB 52, that requires agencies incorporate tribal consultation into CEQA environmental review. She served as an advisor and liaison on the California Deserts National Monuments, actively working with conservation partners and elected officials on desert land protection.Through her time in tribal government, Nicole developed extensive experience in public policy and inter-governmental relations, working with tribes on an array of issues in addition to cultural resource management, including tribal law enforcement, public health, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and economic development. As an instructor at UCLA, she lectures in federal Indian law and and tribal cultural resource management. Nicole holds a B.S. in Anthropology, an M.A. in American Indian Studies, and is a member of the California State Bar.Nicole is committed to TLC's vision of a cooperative approach to mitigation, advocacy, and traditional lands management. With the Board's leadership and guidance from the Tataviam Tribe, Nicole and the TLC work to create opportunities for Tataviam people to share their values with conservation partners, developers, and the general public. Together, these diverse constituencies can ensure that Tataviam lands are managed by Tataviam people.