New Staff Join The NACF Team


The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is pleased to announce that Nicole Charley (Tiɫxniɫáma and Wascopum Bands, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon) and Annie Silver have joined the NACF team. Nicole was hired as the Executive Personal Assistant to the President/CEO in March 2020, and Annie was hired as the Fundraising Systems Coordinator in May 2020. Each of them bring a wealth of talent and experience to the organization. Please join us in welcoming Nicole and Annie to NACF .

Nicole Charley

Executive Personal Assistant
Tiɫxniɫáma and Wascopum Bands, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon

Born in Central Oregon of the Taixpum (Warm Springs Tygh Band) and Wascopum (Dog River Band of the Wascos), Nicole Charley has a deep appreciation and love for her tribal traditions and cultural keeping. She is a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon. Raised by a traditional food gatherer, weaver and keeper of oral history, Nicole has a lived experience of her cultural traditions. Her diverse background, education and work history will be an asset to NACF’s engagment with Native artists and communities.

As the Executive Personal Assistant to the President/CEO, Nicole views her interactions through a lens of diversity and equity. She is an effective communicator who manages stressful situations, anticipates others needs, balances multiple tasks, and is responsive to shifting priorities. Nicole has over 11 years of experience working with non-profit organizations. She comes to NACF from the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission where she supported the Executive Director as the Executive Assistant. Nicole holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Portland State University and is currently working toward a Masters of Science in Food Systems and Society at Oregon Health and Science University.

Nicole enjoys travelling to visit family in the Columbia River Region, participating in cultural activities and gathering the food of her people. She lives in Vancouver Washington, with her boyfriend and two nephews.

Annie Silver

Fundraising Systems Coordinator

Originally from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Annie Silver spent several years in Massachusetts working for the New England Center for Children before moving to Oregon in 2017 and joining the team at Pacific Northwest College of Art. With more than five-years of experience in fundraising, Annie has spent her career working to ensure that arts and education non-profits have the resources and support they need to thrive.

As Fundraising Systems Coordinator at NACF, Annie works at the direction of Development Manager Leah Altman to build, maintain, and utilize NACF’s fundraising systems. Her work is a reflection of her belief in the power of storytelling and collaboration to overcome obstacles and is informed by her background in database management, administrative support, and grant writing. Annie received her BA in International Affairs and Anthropology from Northeastern University and can be found hiking the trails of the Pacific Northwest in her free time.