Paul Lumley

CRITFC Executive Director Paul Lumley (lo-res) Exec Asst. (503) 731-1295
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Executive Director

Office of the Executive Director Department, Portland Main Office


Babtist “Paul” Lumley has an extensive history working with Northwest tribes on salmon issues, particularly in the Columbia River Basin. He spent 17 years with CRITFC working on biological issues relating to US v. Oregon and the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act.  Before moving to Washington DC in 2004, he also assisted in fund raising and establishing a grant program for the four Columbia River treaty tribes.

Mr. Lumley has a wide-ranging background on issues that directly impact American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. He has worked directly with tribal governments, tribal consortia, virtually all federal agencies impacting Indian Country, and Native American national and regional organizations throughout his professional career.

In 2004 Mr. Lumley worked for the US Department of Defense in Washington DC under an Interagency Personnel Agreement where he served as the Senior Tribal Liaison within the Office of the Deputy Undersecretary for the Department of Defense’s Installations and Environment Program. In that capacity, he was responsible for the Native American Lands Environmental Mitigation Program as well as working on numerous policy issues affecting Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.

Mr. Lumley served as the Executive Director for the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) in Washington DC from 2007 to 2009. There, he successfully advocated for the reauthorization of the primary native housing legislation, secured over half a billion dollars in stimulus funding for Indian housing and restored NAIHC’s federally funded training and technical assistance programs.

Lumley returned to the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission as the Executive Director in 2009. CRITFC as an organization is dedicated to restoring the salmon runs to their historical range and protecting the tribes' treaty-reserved fishing rights. This entails efforts, co-management, and coordination throughout the Columbia River basin, a basin that is approximately the size of France and lies in five states and one Canadian province. Numerous dams were constructed in the Columbia River basin, which has severely impacted salmon runs and devastated tribal villages.

Short bio available here.


B.S., Mathematics, Western Washington University, 1986

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