STAFF

T. Lulani Arquette

President/CEO
Native Hawaiian

Under her leadership the foundation launched in 2009 and has been successfully operating since that time providing support to artists, organizations, and communities. Arquette brings over 30 years of professional experience leading organizations to their highest creativity and potential through strategic visioning and planning, innovative program development, building valuable relationships in community and developing funding partnerships across sectors.

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

Deniz H. Tasdemiroglu Conger

Vice President, Development 

Deniz H. Tasdemiroglu Conger, MPA, CFRE, is a nonprofit and fund development executive more than 20 years of experience leading organizations and teams through building inclusive philanthropy models, program expansion, revenue growth, and transformational capital and comprehensive campaigns. She believes in the transformative power of community-centered philanthropy and has successfully led development programs for national and Oregon nonprofits in arts and culture, healthcare, housing and human services, education, and social justice organizations. Her two most recent Portland-based capital campaigns have been recognized as innovative game-changing projects. Deniz is active also as a volunteer and leader in the nonprofit sector, serving on local boards and committees. She is a University of Michigan alumna and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science, environmental policy, and nonprofit administration.

Portland, Oregon
971-350-3076

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

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

Laura Cales

Program Manager
Chickasaw Nation

Laura coordinates the administration and logistics of NACF programs, with special emphasis on the Mentor Artist Fellowship. She earned her MA in Art History with a specialization in Modern Art and Critical Theory from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a BA in Art History from Wright State University. Prior to joining NACF in 2016, she worked for the Biennial of the Americas in Denver, Colorado.

Portland, Oregon
360-334-7285

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

Leah Altman

Development Manager
Oglala Lakota/Persian

Leah grew up as a member of the Portland urban Indian community and comes from a background in Portland-area social service and environmental justice nonprofits, primarily in grant writing and donor development. She comes with an MA in writing and is an alum of the Portland Emerging Arts Leaders mentorship program and the Coalition of Communities of Color’s Bridges program. Her passions include beadwork, poetry, cooking, and playing pool; she has two daughters.

Portland, Oregon
360-334-7260

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

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

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
971-339-5440
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