Member Education Sessions: Moving Philanthropy Beyond Land Acknowledgements

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Member Education Sessions: Moving Philanthropy Beyond Land Acknowledgements

November 22, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST

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Live Broadcast: Tuesday, November 22
10 am PT / 11 am MT / 1 pm ET

On November 22, at 10:00 am (PT) / 11:00 am (MT) / 1:00 pm (ET), join our CEO Erik Stegman (Carry the Kettle First Nations – Nakoda) and VP of Tribal Nations Engagement & Special Projects, Greg Masten (Yurok), for an opening discussion about the importance of land acknowledgments. Followed by our moderator, Joel Moffett (Nez Perce), and the personal experiences of two philanthropic change makers, Shawn Escoffery and Marisol Inzunza, as they highlight how these acknowledgements should be paired with meaningful action to move philanthropy into a more equitable and effective relationship with Indigenous communities.

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 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. 

Through 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.




Executive Director, Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation

Shawn Escoffery is the Executive Director of the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation, where he leads a team committed to social justice and addressing the historical inequities that plague many lower-income communities. Since joining the Foundation in 2018, Shawn has led the organization through a strategy revisioning process, created a fellowship for someone who was formerly impacted by the Justice System and launched an Impact Investing portfolio with a 10% carve-out of the endowment. The Foundation now focuses on Criminal Justice Reform, Environmental Justice, and Affordable Housing Preservation with a trust-based approach centered in place and emphasizes lasting partnerships and capacity building. With assets exceeding $120 million, Shawn oversees a $5 million annual grantmaking budget and is responsible for sourcing impact investments ranging from $250,000 to $1 million aimed at advancing racial and gender equity. 

Prior to joining RPDFF, Shawn directed the Inclusive Economies portfolio at the Surdna Foundation – a nationally focused family foundation with over $1 billion in assets. In this role, Shawn worked to support the development of robust and sustainable economies that include a wide range of businesses, equitable economic policy, and access to quality jobs. Shawn managed a $9.5 million annual grantmaking budget and an impact investing portfolio of over $10 million. As an urban planner with over 20 years of experience, Shawn has worked on community economic development and affordable housing projects across the country. 

Shawn holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English Literature from Rutgers University and a Master’s of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds certificates in Communications and International Relations, Urban Redevelopment, and Effective Leadership from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Duke University, respectively. Shawn currently sits on the board of directors of The Funders Network and Hispanics in Philanthropy.


Program Officer, The California Wellness Foundation  

Marisol Inzunza is a Program Officer for the Leading for Power and Change portfolio at the California Wellness Foundation. She brings more than 15+ years of experience in philanthropy working with Native-led nonprofits and tribal nations. In her current role, she focuses on supporting organizations that are advancing systemic and progressive change by amplifying the voices and power of people of color and others who have historically been excluded from full participation in civic society.  

Previously, Marisol led philanthropic efforts for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, where she managed a portfolio of more than 400 grants, worked with tribal nations throughout the United States and supported the areas of economic development, arts, culture, and health.  Throughout her career, she has been an advocate for tribal communities.

MODERATOR: JOEL MOFFETT (Nez Perce) (he/him)

Director of Environmental & Special Projects, Native Americans in Philanthropy.

As a former Tribal leader, Joel has served as Vice Chairman of the Nez Perce Tribe Executive Committee. In 2013, he was also elected to lead the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) as its chairman. Most recently, Joel was the Natural Resources Policy Coordinator for the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI).

Joel currently lives in Suquamish, WA with his children.


November 22, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST
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