Officer, US and Indigenous Communities, MIT Solve
Aaron Slater is a member of the Navajo Nation and manages Solve’s growing US Interior and Indigenous Communities work. Before coming to Solve, Aaron managed the policy portfolio at the Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth, served as a campaign advisor in tribal elections, and led Native American voter-engagement efforts in the Southwest.
Throughout his work, Aaron finds inspiration and guidance in the wisdom of his elders, both Native and non-Native. Lately, it is the elder James Baldwin who Aaron thinks of often — “I love [what we call] America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize [and uplift] her perpetually.” No matter the day and no matter the problem, there is a solution worth pursuing. We need only know where to look, and who to ask.