The University of Arizona

Chad Marchand | CCASS


A new website focused on Scenario Planning for Climate Adaptation,, has been developed by CCASS and the DOI Southwest Climate Science Center. 

About Us

CCASS/NNCAP welcomes Valerie Small!

Dr. Valerie Small (Apsaalooke'-Crow) has joined the Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program as an Assistant Research Scientist. Dr. Small will be working with Tribes in the Southwest Region in collaboration with CCASS and NNCAP within the Institute of the Environment as well as the Southwest Climate Science Center (SW CSC). She will develop and deliver educational training modules to increase their environmental technical capacity in preparing for, as well as predicting near-term/future effects of climate change.

Prior to joining the UA, Valerie was a training consultant with Colorado State University, Natural Resource Ecology Lab (NREL), working with the North Central Climate Science Center. Her experience includes developing and conducting training and research to support North American Indigenous Tribes adaptation planning efforts to prepare for the effects of a warming climate.  

Chad Marchand


  • BA, Political Science and History, University of Arizona, 2005
  • MPA, National Security Policy, University of Arizona, 2014

Employment and volunteer highlights:

  • University of Arizona Native American Presidential Advisory Council, 2008 to present
  • President, University of Arizona American Indian Alumni Club, 2008 - 2017
  • President, University of Arizona Honors College Alumni Club, 2011 to present
  • Community Justice Unit Supervisor, Pima County Attorney's Office
  • Deputy Prosecutor, Colville Confederated Tribes
  • Executive Intern, Gov. Janet Napolitano's Southern Arizona Office


  • Southwest Tribal Assessment
  • Southwest Climate Change Network
  • Tribal Leaders' Summit



  • Arizona Daily Star 40 Under 40, 2009
  • Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Institute
Areas of Expertise: 
Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach, Tribal Adaptation and Science Support