Blake Gentry, Master of Public Policy and Management (University of Pittsburgh: 2003) and undergraduate of Ibero-American Studies and Spanish (Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison: 1986) is a program evaluator and public policy consultant. His work can be found at AmaConsultants.org. Blake specializes in community development and climate change. He has conducted field research, analysis, and reporting on indigenous treaty rights, delivered gender and climate change workshops, completed community level assessments of climate change impacts, taught log frame evaluation methodology (in Spanish), co-authored bilingual acupuncture curriculum for rain forest populations, and launched health prevention and intervention programs in rain forest and arid lands indigenous communities. He is a co-founder of the Guatemalan Acupuncture and Medical Aid Project. Blake works in English and Spanish, while concentrating on issues of indigenous language transmission with indigenous people in the Americas. Gentry has worked directly with forty –four indigenous populations from Peru, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Blake is a member of the Cherokee Nation, and co-founder of the Mexican NGO, Gente de I’itoi, A.C.
His policy work includes focus group reviews of draft public policy discussion guides on climate change, water, energy, and regulation for the Inter-Activity Foundation. He independently authored a technical report on indigenous language exclusion in the US immigration system, and a Tool for Measuring Vulnerability and Resilience of Indigenous Communities to Climate Change, completed field research in Guangdong Province, China (2009), and co-authored with Dr. Marjorie King, a study on Technical School Students as Internal Chinese Migrants (2017: under review). Mr. Gentry has lectured at the University of Arizona, Xian Peihua University, and the Universidad Tecnológica del Sur de Sonora. Blake published articles with the Center for International Policy’s Americas Program, and with CounterPunch. Blake’s work has been cited in Indian Country Today, the Guardian, Huffington Post, Arizona Public Media, and by the American Immigration Council.
Blake’s submitted expert commentary on indigenous community vulnerability to climate change in Central America and Mexico to the IPCC WG AR 5 Expert Review Process in 2012. In 2016, Blake was selected as a consultant to Lanzhou City University’s Rewi Alley Research Center, Lanzhou, Gansu, China. In 2017 Blake was chosen as an expert in the areas of: Climate Resilience, Social and Community Engagement, and in Property Rights, Legal, Intellectual Property, and Commodities for the Higher Ground Foundation’s Vulnerability Reduction Credit (VRCsTM) Standard Framework Review Experts Group. (London, United Kingdom).