Georgia Madrid to Be Honored with 2015 SAIGE Achievement Award

Georgia MadridOn June 16, NOAA Boulder's Georgia Madrid will be presented the SAIGE Achievement Award in the category of Leadership at the Twelfth Annual SAIGE National Training Conference. SAIGE, the Society of American Indian Government Employees, is a national non-profit organization that advocates for American Indian and Alaska Native people in the government workforce. The 2015 National Training Program, Growing Native Leaders: Enhancing Our Seven Generations,” will be held at the tribally owned Treasure Island Hotel in Welch, Minnesota outside of Minneapolis.

Throughout her 20-year career as an EEO Specialist at NOAA’s Office of Atmospheric Research (OAR), Madrid has worked tirelessly to improve understanding of American Indian and Alaska Native issues within the federal government. She was most recently appointed as OAR’s co-tribal liaison and advisor on Federal Indian Trust Responsibility. Her leadership and dedication exemplify the spirit and mission of SAIGE, who applauds and recognizes her multiple achievements with this award: Georgia was a founding member of the now 12-year old organization and served on its board from 2008–2010; she is their long-time newsletter editor; and has worked over the years to promote SAIGE’s goals of American Indian/Alaska Native recruitment and employee retainment; and the information she has provided to the youth about NOAA’s careers at countless workshops, training programs, and outreach events will have long-lasting effects in their lives.

An enrolled member of Taos Pueblo and also a Navajo,Madrid is a respected role model and wonderful representative of both her tribes and the NOAA workforce.