Leonardo Wassilie is Yup’ik and Indigenous to Alaska. He was born in Bethel, AK and lives in Nenana, AK where his daughter graduated high school during the Covid pandemic. His son is in 6th grade currently. Rooted deeply in salmon culture and ecosystems, Leonardo is a fisherman and a founder of Salmonberry Tribal Associates. He uses his education, knowledge and experience to build rural food system resilience in federal policy, including his work with Block Corporate Salmon, the North American Marine Alliance, and other volunteer collaborations with the Alaska chapter of the National Tribal Emergency Management Council. He is an Indigenous producer of honey. He works in finance and accounting, using statutes, math and science to architect data into systems of awareness and understanding in the development of rural and community infrastructure for operations, logistics, planning, and finance systems of community life. He loves the beauty that all humanity, spirituality and life blessed with starlight bring in hope of a life lived well and a better tomorrow.