Sharon Hausam has been the Planning Program Manager at the Pueblo of Laguna since 2008. Her twenty years of planning experience also includes positions with the Pueblo of Sandia and the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments, and consulting work for various clients. She was formerly executive director of the New Mexico Water Dialogue. She is a lecturer at the University of New Mexico in the Community and Regional Planning Program, affiliated with the Indigenous Design + Planning Institute, and an instructor for Northern Arizona University’s Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals. She holds a Master of Environmental Studies degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With her education at Yale F&ES and UW-Madison, and arrival in New Mexico in 1996, she has coincidentally followed Aldo Leopold’s geographic path.
Sharon's professional writing has encompassed a range of community plans –- comprehensive, water, forest, land use, housing, economic development, capital improvement, and strategic plans –- as well as annual work plans, project scopes of work and action plans, policies and procedures, environmental assessments, tribal consultation letters, successful funding applications, and newspaper articles. She is the author of a chapter in the book Reclaiming Indigenous Planning, “Maybe, Maybe Not: Native American Participation in Regional Planning.”