Member Education Sessions: Equity Through Participatory Grantmaking featuring Native Voices Rising

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Member Education Sessions: Equity Through Participatory Grantmaking featuring Native Voices Rising

October 27, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

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Live Broadcast: Thursday, October 27
10 am PT / 11 am MT / 1 pm ET

On October 27, at 10:00 am (PT) / 11:00 am (MT) / 1:00 pm (ET) our moderator, Stephine “Steph” Poston (Pueblo of Sandia), and three Native Voices Rising strategic change makers, Geneva Wiki (Yurok Tribe), Holly Masten (Yurok Tribe), and LorenAshley Buford (Yamassee), will discuss how philanthropy can lift up the lived experiences of Indigenous peoples working for change in their communities.

Created and led by Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy,Native Voices Rising is a community-led model for equitable philanthropy. The only partnership between a public community foundation and Native community philanthropic advocacy organization, it has fostered a unique opportunity of learning that incorporates and centers the voices of those most marginalized.

Native Voices Rising serves as a mechanism for building broad-based philanthropic support for grassroots groups led by and for Native communities. This model amplifies Native voices and solutions to historic harms and our communities’ most pressing issues.

About The Series: 

Native Americans in Philanthropy welcomes you to engage in a gathering of nonprofits, philanthropy, emerging leaders, and Native communities for discussions and collaborative action for building philanthropy rooted in Native traditions and values.

All four 2022 sessions are open to the public. In 2023, Member Education Sessions will be a benefit of our NAP Memberships. For more information on NAP Memberships, please email Rod Jacobs at [email protected]

Our curated education sessions of virtual conversations, panels, and speakers represent the diversity of Indian Country and the experiences of Indigenous Peoples in America. These sessions are designed for NAP members working in philanthropy and will focus on how philanthropy can operate differently to center Indigenous perspectives and values.

Through the curation of these sessions, NAP is passing the mic to individuals, Tribes, and Native nonprofits who are experts in their respective fields. This curated platform will foster an informed membership that will lead the shifting of the philanthropic sector in deeper, more impactful ways that serve the people, communities, and causes they care about.




GENEVA WIKI (Yurok Tribe)

Senior Program Manager, The California Endowment

Geneva Wiki is a Senior Program Manager at The California Endowment (TCE), a nearly $4 billion private health foundation committed to health and racial justice. At TCE, Geneva leads the Native investment strategy on the state-wide Power Infrastructure team. A citizen of the Yurok Tribe, her people still live at the ancient village of Rek-woi, at the mouth of the Klamath River in the heart of the redwood forest in northern California.

Yurok values and family history ground Geneva’s deep belief that our families, communities and planet can be healed, peaceful and abundant and that we have a responsibility to create harmony in the world through the pursuit of justice.

Formerly the Deputy Executive Director of the Yurok Tribal government, Geneva founded and led a community-driven early college high school on the reservation; served as the Executive Director of the Wild Rivers Community Foundation, and has broad experience in human-centered design, philanthropy, and community organizing for social transformation.

Geneva is also a California 100 Initiative Commissioner, and co-owns The Historic Requa Inn, a small business on the Yurok reservation, with her family. Geneva earned a Master in Public Administration degree from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington.

Geneva lives 20 miles north of the Klamath River with her spouse of nearly 20 years and three daughters.

HOLLY MASTEN (Yurok Tribe)

Native Youth Grantmakers

Holly Masten is a Yurok tribal member and is a descendant of the Hupa, Yurok, and Karuk Tribes. She grew up on reserve in Northern California and off reserve in later years. She is inspired by the commitment of her family to improve the community and they have shown her the significance of having courage and finding your voice. Holly’s experience on and off reserve motivates her to create space and authenticity for Indigenous youth.

Holly is a university student in the Bachelor of Arts program and she hopes to study education or law that centers Indigenous perspectives. Creating voice in her studies and work is a priority.

She has experience in youth leadership roles and advocacy while working with Matsqui-Abbotsford Impact Society and she helped found her high school Indigenous Leadership program. She organized and led Orange Shirt Day and MMIWG2S advocacy projects and has participated in several panels with the education administration.

“I am excited to be part of this program and know I am making important contributions. Learning is a process of reciprocity and this opportunity allows me to give back more. I look forward to giving my voice and working with my peers as we restore our communities.”


Project Manager, Tribal Youth Development Initiative – UNITY, INC

LorenAshley Buford, Yamassee descendant, is the Project Manager for the Tribal Youth Development Initiative for UNITY, INC. Buford continues to be active in her home community while working abroad. Recently, LorenAshley has worked with the PBS “Secrets of Spanish Florida” documentary on Yamassee history, and collaborated with the University of North Florida for The Yamasee Indians: From Florida to South Carolina book. She studied American Indian Studies at Arizona State University with an emphasis in Federal Indian policy, decolonization, and historical trauma. She has been a passionate advocate for prison ministries and cultural prevention LorenAshley’s former years as a Prevention Specialist, GONA facilitator, ASIST trainer, and grassroots organizer, have helped mobilize communities to address indigenous health disparities, the awareness of HIV/AIDs, substance abuse and suicide prevention. Prior to being named to her new position, Buford was a UNITY youth leader advisor and Project Manager for the UNITY Wellness Warrior Project funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.


President & CEO, Poston & Associates, LLC

“Steph” was born and raised on the Sandia Pueblo Indian Reservation. She worked for her tribe for eleven years before launching Poston & Associates, a full-service communications firm.

Steph’s expertise includes strategic facilitation, capacity-building training, leadership development, strategic communication, and event planning. She has worked with numerous tribes and tribal entities in New Mexico and throughout Indian Country on public relations and marketing campaigns, sacred site protection, voter empowerment, water rights, tribal policy development, economic development, education, and healthcare.

She is a co-founder of Native Women Lead and is the current Chairwoman of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts which hosts Indian Market.


October 27, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
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