Geoffrey Roth, Interim Executive Director
Geoffrey Roth, (Standing Rock Sioux, Non-Member) has served Indian country in many varied capacities over the past 20 plus years. This includes currently as the Interim Executive Director of Native Americans in Philanthropy, and his continued consultation for Urban Indian Health Programs in the Pacific Northwest. In 2019 Mr. Roth Co-Founded Inaji, a technology company focused on Indian health. In January of 2020 Mr. Roth will begin his 3-year appointment as North American Representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
Mr. Roth graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS degree in Educational Studies. In 2015 he was awarded the National Public Service Award from the College of Education at the University of Oregon. Most recently he has served as an appointee of the Obama Administration at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Indian Health Service (IHS). During this time, he led the implementation of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA) at IHS and represented American Indian and Alaska Native interests on the implementation team for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in HHS. Mr. Roth also previously served as the Executive Director of the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH). In that capacity, he worked with Tribes, Tribal Leaders, Urban Indian Health Program Leaders, and Congress on the zeroing out of the Urban Indian Health Program during the Bush Administration.
Prior to NCUIH, Mr. Roth served in the Office of Indian Education at the US Department of Education and as the President of the Board of Directors, for the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC) in Denver for 4 years. Prior to his work in DC, Mr. Roth served as the Executive Director of the Native American Youth Association in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Roth lives in DC with his Husband and spends as many weekends as possible in West Virginia at their remote cabin.