NACF Welcomes New VP of Programs & Partnerships


NACF is excited to announce new staff member Barbara Mumby-Huerta, Vice President of Programs and Partnerships. Mumby-Huerta descends from the Powhatan Confederacy on her maternal side and her paternal line includes KonKow descent and Spanish heritage. She is replacing former Director of Programs Francene Blythe, who left NACF last year to return to her homeland in Nebraska. “I’m thrilled with the addition of Barbara, who will share her talents and ‘jump in the canoe’ with the rest of the NACF team,” said Lulani Arquette, NACF President/CEO.

I am honored and humbled to join the NACF team at such a pivotal time. Building upon the incredible work that NACF has accomplished over the past decade, I am excited by the potential of the next decade and expanding our programming so that we can continue to amplify the voices of Indigenous Artists and communities throughout the country.

—Barbara Mumby-Huerta (Powhatan Confederacy Descent), NACF VP of Programs and Partnerships

After a national search, NACF selected Barbara Mumby-Huerta as the Vice President of Programs and Partnerships. Mumby-Huerta comes from a career in California. She spent the last 15 years working in philanthropy and was previously the Director of Community Investments for the San Francisco Arts Commission. As a 2019 Open Society Racial Equality fellow, she is working to shift narratives and push boundaries around the authentic representation of Indigenous Peoples in the public realm. Mumby-Huerta received a BA in Studio Arts and Native American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, an MA in Museum Studies, and an MBA from John F. Kennedy University. She is also a practicing visual artist and uses the arts to engage the community, address historical trauma and move policy. Mumby-Huerta’s extensive background is an asset to the NACF team with new programs to support Native artists and community-driven projects impacting social, environmental and economic justice issues.