Special Projects Coordinator, Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems, School of Sustainability
Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502
- Special Projects Coordinator, Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems, School of Sustainability
Sharla Strong is an enrolled tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and is the Special Projects Coordinator for the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at ASU. After graduating with her Bachelor’s Degree from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, she worked in Theater, Documentary, Corporate Communications and Longform News at MSNBC. Sharla returned home to Oregon in 2009 to start the Healthy Traditions project, which seeks to improve the health of Siletz tribal families through educational activities, which promote the use of traditional foods through hunting, gathering, gardening and cooking, food preservation and protecting our natural resources. This work included building a community based program, working with youth and elders, and coordinating with outside agencies and food systems partners in the Western Oregon region. Sharla also worked as the Youth Development Director in the Siletz Behavioral Health Program integrating her work with traditional foods into experiential education and leadership activities for tribal youth. Sharla continues to teach, promote and advocate for Indigenous Food Systems both as a Siletz Tribal Member within the Siletz community and in her work with the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems.