STAFF

T. Lulani Arquette

President/CEO
Native Hawaiian

Lulani Arquette is in her 12th year as the President and CEO of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF), a national nonprofit located in Portland, Oregon and dedicated to advancing equity and Native knowledge with a focus on arts and cultural expression that helps support American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native artists, organizations and communities. She brings over 25 years of professional experience steering organizations to their highest ability and potential.

Nicole Charley

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

Nicole is a designated traditional foods knowledge keeper, steward & protector of sacred resources for her people. Nicole comes to NACF from the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC), Office of the Executive Director. She holds a B.A. and is currently enrolled in the M.S. in Food Systems and Society program at Oregon Health & Science University. She is an alum of the Coalition of Communities of Color’s Bridges program and the January in Tucson’s (JIT) Tribal Professionals Cohort at the University of Arizona’s Indigenous Governance Program. She and her partner Jeremy are raising two nephews. She enjoys hiking and traveling, and she loves going home to Central Oregon to spend time with family and to gather the traditional foods of her people.

Vancouver, WA
360-334-7287

Jenny Martin

Property Manager

Jennifer Martin joined NACF in 2021 as Property Manager for the new Center for Native Arts & Cultures. Previously, Jennifer was Director of Operations for Yale Union. She earned a B.A. from the University of Colorado and an M.B.A from Oregon State University.

Portland, Oregon
541-602-9764

Laura (Cales) Matalka

Program Manager
Chickasaw Nation

Laura joined NACF in late 2016, and is responsible for developing, coordinating, and managing several aspects of the foundation’s grantmaking programs, special projects, convenings, and visibility opportunities. She has over ten years of experience working in the nonprofit arts sector, and earned her MA in Art History from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and BA in Art History from Wright State University. She is an enrolled citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and also of European-American heritage, including Bohemian, Dutch, English, German, Irish, and Slovenian. Laura lives in Portland, OR with her husband and dog, and enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Portland, Oregon
360-334-7285

Christopher Kaui Morgan

Director, Center for Native Arts and Cultures
Native Hawaiian

Christopher joined NACF in 2021 as the first Director of The Center for Native Arts and Cultures. A choreographer, educator, facilitator, curator, and arts administrator, Christopher served as Executive Artistic Director of Dance Place in Washington, D.C., from 2017-2021. From 2006-2021 he directed Art Omi: Dance, an annual collaborative residency for international choreographers in Ghent, New York. Teaching credits include American University (2011-14) and the BA and MFA programs at the University of Maryland (2014-17). Christopher continues to direct his eponymous dance focused multi-disciplinary performance company Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, which he founded in 2011. Christopher is on the board of the National Performance Network, the Advisory Council for the America 250 Commemoration, and has been nominated by President Joseph Biden to join the National Council on the Arts. Known as a thoughtful advocate for cultural integrity, inclusivity, and diverse representation in the studio and on stage, his Native Hawaiian ancestry and wide-ranging international performance career influence all aspects of his work.

Barbara Mumby-Huerta

Vice President, Programs and Partnerships 
Powhatan Confederacy Descent

Barbara started at NACF in 2021 as Vice President of Programs and Partnerships. Barbara has spent the last 15 years working in philanthropy, and was previously the Director of Community Investments for the San Francisco Arts Commission’s. As a 2019 Open Society Racial Equality fellow, Barbara is working to shift narratives and push boundaries around the authentic representation of Indigenous Peoples in the public realm. Barbara received BA’s in Studio Arts and Native American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and 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 community, address historical trauma and move policy.

Portland, Oregon
971-350-3075 ext. 475

Reuben Tomás Roqueñi

Director, Transformative Change Programs
Yaqui/Mayo/Chicanx Descent

Reuben started at NACF in 2010 as its first Program Director. He rejoined NACF in 2018 and now oversees the National Artist Fellowships Program. Reuben has been working in arts philanthropy for over 12 years. Previously, Reuben was Program Officer in the Performing Arts Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in the San Francisco Bay Area; and served as Grants Program Director at Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona. Reuben received his BFA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and is a multi-media visual artist.

Portland, Oregon
503-388-3720

Annie Silver

Fundraising Systems Coordinator

Annie joined NACF in 2020 as Fundraising Systems Coordinator, responsible for building, maintaining and utilizing the organization’s fundraising systems. With a background in arts and education nonprofits, she brings more than five years of fundraising experience to her role. Annie received her BA in International Affairs and Anthropology from Northeastern University and lives in Portland with her husband and three cats.

Portland, Oregon
503-886-8750

Barbara Soulé

Multimedia Manager & Lead Graphic Designer
Diné (Navajo Nation)

Barbara has been working with NACF since 2018, managing the organization’s communications efforts including the blog, newsletter, marketing, social media and annual reports. She earned a BA in Native American Studies from the University of California Berkeley and brings a range of experience in graphic design, digital media, writing, and editing. Barbara is of mixed Navajo (Diné) and European American heritage; she is Tó’aheedlíinii (The Water Flow Together clan) born for Bilagáana. 

Portland, Oregon
360-334-7263

Gabriella Tagliacozzo

Director of Operations

Gabriella joined NACF in 2013. She has over 20 years of experience in non profit governance, programs, events planning and administration. Gabriella’s multicultural upbringing, and her journalism and music backgrounds, are also well put to use in her role at the organization. She oversees NACF’s daily operations, human resources and communications.
Vancouver, Washington
360-334-7259

Kevin Washington

Director of Finance

Kevin joined NACF in 2021 with over 20 years’ experience as an accounting and finance professional in for-profit and non-profit organizations in the US and Japan.  He holds a BA in Business from Morehouse College, a MS in Accounting from Walsh College and a MBA from Temple University-Japan. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Kevin splits his time between Portland, Oregon and Honolulu, Hawaii.
Vancouver, Washington
971-369-7017
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