Wahleah Johns

Executive Director, Native Renewables

Wahleah Johns is a member of the Navajo (Dine) tribe and comes from the community of Forest Lake, Arizona atop Black Mesa. As co-founder and executive director of Native Renewables, she helps empower Native American families to achieve energy independence by growing renewable energy capacity and affordable access to off-grid power.

Johns has over 15 years of community organizing for water protection, economic and environmental justice. Her work with the Black Mesa Water Coalition and Navajo Green Economy Coalition has led to groundbreaking legislative victories for groundwater protection, green jobs, and environmental justice. In 2019, she was awarded the Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship.

Podcast Guest Appearances

Fast, Fair and Clean: The New Energy Transition

Hopes and expectations are high for President Biden’s first weeks in office. His recovery plans promise to take on COVID-19, a battered economy, and a rapid clean energy transition in a way that doesn’t leave communities behind. But Navajo Nation, which until recently was home to the largest coal-fired power plant in the U.S., has been left out of economic and energy plans for a long time.