A-dae Romero-Briones

Vice President, Policy & Research, California Tribal Fund, Nourishing Native Foods & Health


A-dae first joined First Nations as associate director of Research and Policy for Native Agriculture. She formerly was the director of community development for Pūlama Lāna‘i in Hawaii, and is also the co-founder and former executive director of a nonprofit organization in Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico. She currently serves as Vice President of Research and Policy, Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative.

A-dae Briones, Director of Programs

A-dae worked for the University of Arkansas School of Law Indigenous Food and Agricultural Initiative while earning her LL.M. degree in food and agricultural law. Her thesis was on the Food Safety Modernization Act as it applied to the federal-tribal relationship. She wrote extensively about food safety, the Produce Safety Rule and tribes, and the protection of tribal traditional foods. A U.S. Fulbright Scholar, A-dae received her Bachelor of Arts degree in public policy from Princeton University, and received a law doctorate from Arizona State University’s College of Law, in addition to her LL.M. degree in food and agricultural law from the University of Arkansas.