Who We Are

Governance Council Members

  • Hon. Robert Yazzie, Native Nations Institute International Advisory Council Member at the University of Arizona and Chief Justice Emeritus of the Navajo Nation (Diné)
  • Ingeborg Vicenti, Dulce Public Schools Mental Health Therapist (Jicarilla Apache)
  • Joseph Suina, PhD. UNM College of Education Professor Emeritus and former Governor of Cochiti Pueblo (Cochiti)
  • Patricia Salazar Ives, Esq., Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP Partner
  • Ken Lucero, PhD., Tribal Admistrator, Pueblo of Zia (Zia/Cochiti);
  • Michael Lipsky, PhD. MIT, Former Professor of Political Science; Ford Foundation, former Senior Program Officer
  • Tara Gatewood, Native America Calling Host and Producer (Isleta/Diné);
  • Hon. Walter Dasheno, Former Governor of Santa Clara Pueblo (Santa Clara);
  • Hon. Arthur Blazer, Mescalero Apache, Former President (Mescalero Apache);
  • Robert Apodaca, RMA Advisory Group, President

Founding Alliance Members

  • Regis Pecos, Institute Co-Founder and Leadership Institute at the Santa Fe Indian School Co-Director (Cochiti)
  • Alvin Warren, W.K. Kellogg Foundation Program Officer for New Mexico programs (Santa Clara)
  • Gabriel R. Sanchez, Institute Co-Founder and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at UNM Executive Director
  • Edward Tabet-Cubero, Institute Co-Founder and New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty Former Executive Director
  • Sireesha Manne, New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty Interim Executive Director
  • Dr. Carnell Chosa, Leadership Institute at the Santa Fe Indian School Co-Founder and Co-Director (Jemez)

Institute Leadership & Staff

  • Cheryl Demmert Fairbanks, Esq.,(Tlingit/Tsimphsian), Interim Co-Director
  • Christy Chapman, Esq., Staff Attorney (Zuni), Interim Co-Director
  • Sheri Lesansee, MPH, Program/Research Manager (Zuni)
  • Antoinette Maestas, Program Specialist
  • Carmela M. Roybal, MBGPH, Research Assistant, (Ohkay Owingeh)