Fisheries, Natural Resources, and Treaty Rights Office Commissioner
Terry Williams has served since 1982 as a Fisheries, Natural Resources, and Treaty Rights Office Commissioner for the Tulalip Tribes, in Marysville, Washington. Since 1985, he has also served on the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) and the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, and since 1997 he has been a member of the Pacific Salmon Commission.
He was the director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s American Indian Environmental Office in 1995-96, and served as chair of the Tribal Committee of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Committee in 2003-04. In 1997, the Secretary for Policy and International Affairs Office of the U.S. Department of the Interior-appointed Williams to represent Indigenous peoples on the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. He served in 1985-95 on the Puget Sound Water Quality Authority, Williams has received the Washington State Environmental Award and the Seventh Generation Legacy Award for his work, and he was a finalist for the Buffett Award for Indigenous Leadership in 2004.
In 2011, he was appointed in 2009 to the Governor’s Cap and Trade Committee, he was appointed to a federal committee to develop the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy. In 2012, he served on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Ocean Acidification, the Department of Agriculture National Genetic Resources Advisory Council, and the National Ocean Council Puget Sound Task Force. He has been active for the past 20 years on climate change and adaptation issues concerning Tribal trust resources.