T. Lulani Arquette
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.
Vice President, Senior Advisor
Rupert joined NACF in 2011 and is currently responsible for the transition of the Yale Union building to NACF. He is a former financial executive with over 30 years of financial management experience as an officer or consultant to for-and non-profit organizations. He holds a BA in accounting from California State University-Northridge and an MBA from Golden Gate University. He comes from an artistic family and is a painter in his spare time.
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.
Director of Operations
Born in Southern California of mixed Navajo (Diné) and European American heritage, Barbara is Tó’aheedlíinii (The Water Flow Together clan). She earned her BA in Native American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and serves as a communications generalist with expertise in graphic design, print production, web design, photography, writing, and editing. Barbara manages NACF’s editorial calendar, social media presence and is editor of the blog and newsletter.
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.
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.
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.
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.