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Traci L. Morris, PhD

Executive Director & Research Professor

Since 2014, Dr. Morris has been the executive director of the American Indian Policy (AIPI) Institute and a research professor at the Sandra Day O…

t.morris@asu.edu



Brooke Curleyhair

Research Analyst

Brooke (Diné) is a Research Analyst for the American Indian Policy Institute. With experience in K-12 classrooms and a background in navigating…



JoAnn di Filippo, PhD

Associate Director

Dr. di Filippo currently serves as the Associate Director for AIPI.  During the past 20 years, di Filippo has worked as a business and finance…



E.J. John, JD

Senior Research Analyst

E.J. is AIPI's Policy & Research Analyst and is a member of the Navajo Nation from Vanderwagen, New Mexico. He received his J.D. from the…



Beth Santistevan, MA

Policy & Communications Program Coordinator

Beth Santistevan (Southern Ute) grew up on the Southern Ute reservation in Ignacio, CO. Beth has over a decade of experience working within Tribal…



Kristen Talbert, MBA, MA

Indigenous Leadership Academy Program Manager

Kristen (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Oyate) is the Program Manager for the Indigenous Leadership Academy at the American Indian Policy Institute. She…



Advisory Board



Stephen Roe Lewis

Governor of the Gila River Indian Community of Arizona

Stephen Roe Lewis was raised in Sacaton, “Gu-u-Ki”, on the Gila River Indian Community. His father is the late Rodney Lewis and mother Willardene Lewis. Mr. Lewis has a son, Daniel currently…



Geoffrey Blackwell

General Counsel and Chief of Staff, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)

Geoffrey Blackwell (Chickasaw, Choctaw, Omaha, and Muscogee Creek) serves as the General Counsel and Chief of Staff for the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). In this dual role, he…



Sarah EchoHawk

President, American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Sarah EchoHawk, a citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, has been working on behalf of Indigenous people for over 20 years. She has led AISES, an organization dedicated to Advancing Indigenous…



Denise E. Bates

Dean, University College, Tufts University

Denise E. Bates, Professor of History, joined Tufts as the Dean of University College in 2023. She leads a dedicated team of professionals to advance our mission of expanding access and catalyzing…



Maria Dadgar

Executive Director, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona

Maria Dadgar is an enrolled member of the Piscataway (Pi-Scat-Away) Tribe of Accokeek (Ack-Ko-Keek), Maryland. Maria has worked in the fields of Higher Education, Non-Profit Executive Management…



Dr. Angela Gonzales

Professor, School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University

Dr. Angela Gonzales is an enrolled citizen of the Hopi Nation from the Village of Songoopavi (Spider clan) and Professor in the School of Social Transformation. She joined the ASU faculty in Fall…

angela.a.gonzales@asu.edu



Dallin Maybee

Assistant Director of Development, Native American Rights Fund (NARF)

Dallin Maybee is Seneca and enrolled Northern Arapaho. Raised on the Cattaraugus territory of the Seneca Nation of Indians in Western New York, he is an accomplished artist, public speaker,…



Sascha Meinrath

Palmer Chair in Telecommunications, Penn State University

Sascha Meinrath is the Palmer Chair in Telecommunications at Penn State and director of X-Lab, an innovative think tank focusing on the intersection of vanguard technologies and public policy.…



Jacob Moore

Instructional Professional, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, Arizona State University

Jacob Moore is responsible for the intergovernmental affairs between ASU and tribal nations and communities. Previously, Jacob Moore was managing partner for Generation Seven Strategic Partners,…

jacob.moore@asu.edu



Karen Mossberger

Professor Emerita, School of Public Affairs, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, Arizona State University

Karen Mossberger is Professor Emerita in the School of Public Affairs in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University. She is Director Emerita of the Center…

karen.mossberger@asu.edu



Matthew R. Rantanen

Director of Technology, Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association (SCTCA); Director of the Tribal Digital Village (TDVNet) Network/Initiative

Matthew R. Rantanen is the Director of Technology for the Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association (SCTCA) and Director of the Tribal Digital Village (TDVNet) Network/Initiative that was…



Kate Rosier

Assistant Dean, Community Engagement + Executive Director of Indian Legal Program, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

Kate Rosier is the Executive Director of Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

Kate Rosier, an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation of…

kathlene.rosier@asu.edu



Chairperson Sherry Treppa

Chairperson, Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake

Sherry Treppa is Chairperson of the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, a federally recognized Indian nation in Upper Lake, California. Treppa has served the Tribe as an elected official since 2004,…



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