T. Lulani Arquette
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.
Senior 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.
Sandra joined NACF as the Grants Manager in 2022 with over 25 years of experience in fundraising, non-profit management, for-profit consulting, community organizing, and freelance writing in Washington and Oregon. She holds an M.S. from the University of New Hampshire in restoration ecology and creative writing. Her bachelor’s studies were in art history, botany and prose writing. As a volunteer founder (1994) and first president of the International Society for Conservation GIS, Sandra has worked in a multi-cultural and international setting for most of her career. Born in Buffalo NY into a large Eastern European family of immigrants, she lives in Portland, and has two adult children living at-large in the world.
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).
Director of Development
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
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.
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 Events 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.
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.
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.
Director of Operations
Director of Finance