Laston Charriez

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Role: Assistant Professor of Practice and Industry Liaison for the Agribusiness & Food Innovation Management Master’s Program, CSU Fort Collins

How are you connected to CSU Spur?

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics is starting the new Master of Agribusiness and Food Innovation Management program at Spur in August 2022.

When did you get involved with Spur and why is it important to you? 

I started in April 2022. Spur will become the new hub for agribusiness and food tech in Colorado.

What outcomes have you seen or do you expect from work at Spur?

Spur will be the intersection between the food and agribusiness communities in Colorado to create innumerable new opportunities to feed the world.

What would you like others to know about Spur?

The fantastic potential [of Spur] to inspire innovation.



Associate Attorney, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Ms. Becker has dedicated her career to the Navajo Nation and its natural resources.  She is currently serving as an Associate Attorney for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.  Prior to this position, she had the honor of serving as the Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources from May 2013 to January 2019, as an appointee of President Begaye and Vice-President Nez, after serving eleven (11) years as an attorney for the Navajo Nation focusing on water rights and natural resources issues.  Continuing her deep interest and passion for water, she serves on the Leadership Team for the Water and Tribes Initiative in the Colorado River Basin, as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, as an appointee of Governor Lujan Grisham, and on the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission, as an appointee of Speaker Damon.  Ms. Becker is equally passionate about supporting artists and serves as a Trustee for the Institute of American Indian Arts and Culture (IAIA), as an appointee of President Obama.  Ms. Becker is a member of the Nation and lives on the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance with her husband and two school age children.

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