T. Lulani Arquette
Lulani Arquette is in her 14th 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.
Executive Office Coordinator and Special Projects Liaison
Dakubetede, Shasta, Modoc, Klamath
Amber joined NACF in 2022 and supports the executive office planning and implementation as well as the program department. Amber is a passionate advocate, programmer and coordinator committed to serving and creating community through the arts. She has worked locally and regionally with arts organizations such as Safe Harbors NYC, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Contemporary Theater and In the Margin. Amber studied, Theatre Arts and Native American Studies at the University of Oregon. She is a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz.
Media and Communications Specialist
Diné (Navajo Nation)
Robert started at NACF in 2022 and supports the communications team with a range of experience in storytelling, graphic design, photography, videography, podcasting, streaming, branding, advertising, and marketing. Previously, Robert served as the Manager of the Native American Student and Community Center at Portland State University. He earned his BFA in Visual Communications, cum laude, with an emphasis in Graphic Design from Northern Arizona University. He is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation (Hashk’aa Hadzohí | Táchii’nii).
Associate Director of Development
Rachel joined NACF in 2023 to support and grow the organization’s fundraising programs. She is a lifelong Oregonian and has held multiple roles in arts philanthropy and nonprofit operations and program development. Most recently, Rachel served on the capital campaign team and as Donor Engagement Manager to build and open the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts in Beaverton, OR. She is honored to be a part of a transformative organization advancing access to and celebrating Native arts and cultures.
Director of Development & Communications
Katy Hilton joined NACF in 2022 and is responsible for leading and implementing all fundraising initiatives for the organization. Katy recently served in development leadership roles at Inner-City Arts and Center Theatre Group, and previously managed the state-wide Investing in Artists grants program and the L.A. County-based ARC grants program at the Center for Cultural Innovation. She has engaged in multiple, community-wide advocacy projects in the arts in both the Bay Area and Los Angeles, and brings two decades of arts non-profit experience and service to the team.
Laura (Cales) Matalka
Reuben Tomás Roqueñi
Director, Transformative Change Programs
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.
Community Engagement and Program Manager
Yá’át’ééh, Shí éi Mick Rose Yinishyé, Hoogan łani Nishli dóó Naaki Diné’e Báshishíín, White Buffalo Omaha dashináli dóó Bilagaana dashichei. My name is Mick Rose. I am from the Diné Nation, Omaha Nation, and Pawnee Nation. I grew up in my ancestral lands, Dinétah, in a large very close family. I spent my childhood playing with my cousins along the Tóta’, along the mesas, or reading in the library.
I have worked in the Portland Metro Native American/Alaskan Native community for many years as a community organizer, visioning and building programming and events with and for our community. I am so happy to be with the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, where I will be dedicated to bringing community-centered events to the new Center for Native Arts and Cultures building.
Beckett joined NACF in 2022 and is responsible for building systems and maintenance, as well as coordinating and supporting events and rentals, in the exciting new Center for Native Arts and Cultures. With a background in theater and construction, she brings more than 25 years experience in building trades to her role.
Development Operations Specialist
Annie joined NACF in 2020 and is 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.
Director of Operations
Director of Finance
Lovi (Lovesha) Woods joined NACF as Staff Accountant in 2022. Lovi is building her professional career in the accounting industry. As a member of the NACF team, she brings experience from the customer service, business operations, and more than enough enthusiasm to fuel the country twice over. Lovi saw the importance of civic engagement throughout her childhood and serves the community with her inimitable desire for knowledge and aptitude for research. She is a Portland native and lives with her cat, Sylvester.
Associate Director of Marketing & Communications
Comanche / Cherokee / Tarahumara
Mandy Yeahpau joined NACF in 2022 and is responsible for leading the communications and marketing initiatives for the organization. Mandy recently served as the Social Media Manager for IllumiNative working to smash harmful stereotypes about Indigenous peoples and increase respectful and authentic representation of Native Americans in the media. Uplifting Native peoples and highlighting their strengths and knowledge is the motivation behind much of Mandy’s career path, including her time as an award-winning journalist and Independent filmmaker. She earned her B.A. in Convergent Media and Communications with an emphasis on Video Production from Southern Oregon University, and is of Comanche, Cherokee and Tarahumara descent.