My name is Steve Becker, and I am a consummate generalist with a wide variety of professional interests and a personality which is constantly looking at interactions and relationships. This makes me an effective planner and a great coordinator, facilitator, or participant on interdisciplinary teams. I currently work as an Environmental Engineer with Bering-KAYA Support Services (BKSS), which has the base operations support (BOS) contract with the US Army garrison at Fort Greely, Alaska (FGA). In this position, I provide program management and technical support services to the Environmental Division of the FGA Directorate of Public Works. I am also the owner and Principal Environmental Planner with Village Management Services, LLC, where I provide professional training and environmental planning and program management services to Alaska Native governments, communities, and organizations.
Growing up with one foot in Anglo and one foot in Nimi'ipuu culture, I have a passion (and I am told a gift) for being a bridge between Indigenous and European cultures. Both my M.A. and Ph.D. projects were focused on effective planning in Native communities. Even though my current employment does not include much Native involvement, I continue to work on Indigenous issues outside of the office. Some of my ongoing work includes: Community and Environmental Planning using Indigenous Planning principles; Complementary Ways of Knowing & Pedagogies for Effective STEM Education; Resilient Indigenous Communities; Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights; Food Security and Food Sovereignty; Use of Traditional Knowledge in Environmental Impact Assessment; and the Use of Traditional Knowledge in Natural Resource/Land Management & Planning.