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.
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.
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.
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
Director of Finance
Laura (Cales) Matalka
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.
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.