PRESIDENT AND CHAIR OF THE BOARD Sarah Fuller is the Executive Chairman of Millennium Prevention Inc., which combines serious science with web-enabled platforms and apps that link consumers and providers to improve health and wellness outcomes. She is also President Emeritus of Decision Resources Inc., a leading research and advisory firm focusing in health care. The company is best known for its therapeutically-focused analyses of global pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device markets and for its research on the U.S. managed care industry. Previously, Ms. Fuller was a Vice President at Arthur D. Little, Inc., from which she and Sam Fleming led a buyout of Arthur D. Little Decision Resources in 1990. Ms. Fuller is a member of the Board of Trustees and of the Board of Overseers at the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she participates in the Huntsman and the Life Sciences Management Advisory Boards. She is also on the board of Cytel Corporation and The Forbes Consulting Group. Ms. Fuller holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an A.M. from Harvard University.
VICE CHAIR Duane Champagne (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa from North Dakota) is professor of sociology, law, and American Indian studies, a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee for the UCLA Native Nations Law and Policy Center, a former senior editor for Indian Country Today, a past acting director of TLCEE (Tribal Learning Community and Educational Exchange) Working Group, and contributor of the education chapter to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues’ (UNPFII) State of the World's Indigenous Peoples Report. Professor Champagne was director of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center from 1991 to 2002 and editor of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal from 1986 to 2003, and again in 2011 to 2014. He has written or edited over 125 publications.
TREASURER Steven Heim is director of social research for Boston Common Asset Management. He is primarily responsible for social investment research on domestic and international companies and for its shareholder advocacy work. He has over 15 years experience in this field. Steven brings a wealth of understanding of food and sustainable agriculture issues. He led shareholder proposals with ConAgra, Kroger, Yum Brands, and Dean Foods, worked over 7 years for Rural Vermont, a family farm advocacy group, and served 16 years total on the boards of consumer co-op stores. Steven received two Bachelor of Science degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
CLERK Nicole Friederichs is a Practitioner-in-Residence at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA where she teaches an Indian Law and Indigenous Peoples Clinic. Prior to joining Suffolk, she practiced federal Indian law and international human rights law working on a range of cases, including jurisdictional cases between Native American tribes and New England states, and indigenous peoples land rights cases before the international and regional human rights bodies. Nicole also has experience in the international development sector supporting community development and education programs located in West Africa. She holds a LLM in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy from the University of Arizona, a JD from Suffolk University Law School, and is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the London School of Economics.
Evelyn Arce, of Chibcha descent, has been Executive Director of International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) since 2002. She obtained her Master’s of Art in Teaching degree at Cornell University with a concentration in Agriculture and Adult Education, and was a high-school teacher of Science, Horticulture, and Independent Living for seven years. Evelyn has worked as a communications consultant for the Iewirokwas Program, a Native American Midwifery Program and coordinated the American Indian Millennium Conference held at Cornell University in 2001. As IFIP’s Executive Director, Evelyn brings a vision of philanthropy that is in accord with Indigenous culture, values, and spiritual sensibilities. She leads IFIP into its second decade of educating funders about critical Indigenous issues and supporting the philanthropic community in its efforts to increase funding to Indigenous communities and causes around the world.
Alison Bernstein is a professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Her research interests have focused on American Indian history, with an emphasis on Native American women. She recently wrote a book called, “Funding the Future: Philanthropy's Influence on American Higher Education” regarding the impact of philanthropy on higher education in the past and present. She served as the vice president of the Ford Foundation from 1996 to 2010 and was appointed Director of Rutgers’ Institute for Women’s Leadership in 2011. She is a former member of the Presidential Advisory Board on Tribal Colleges and Universities and the Board of Advisors to the Smithsonian Institution - National Museum of American History. From 2010 - 2011, Bernstein taught an undergraduate course at Spelman, "Walking in Two Worlds: American Indian Women in the 20th Century" as a visiting professor. Change magazine chose her as an Outstanding Leader in Higher Education in 2000, and the National Council for Research on Women honored Bernstein with the "Women Who Make a Difference" award in 2007.
Joseph Mutangah is from Kenya. He holds a PhD in Forest Ecology, Environment and Natural Resource Management from the University of Wales, UK. He currently holds the position of Principal Research Scientist for the Kenya Resource Center for Indigenous Knowledge and for the last ten years he has served as the Head of the Center. His research work involves conducting, supervising and managing various projects and their activities related to biodiversity conservation, agriculture (traditional foods), and climate change and cultural heritage, including documentation and interpretation of Indigenous issues. Recognizing the importance of Indigenous knowledge in conservation and sustainable management of natural habitats and ecosystems, he participates in policy writing and analysis ensuring the inclusion of local communities in research and development agendas. As well, Joseph serves as a Member of United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) where he has been chosen as a Vice Chair of the current ongoing 14th Session of UNPFII.
Laura R. Graham is a professor of anthropology at the University of Iowa. Her current work focuses on lowland South American Indigenous Peoples' activities in national and international arenas. She concentrates on two prominent and especially politically engaged groups: Xavante of central Brazil (Ge) and the Wayúu (Arawak, also known as Guajiro) of Venezuela and Colombia. She is past chair and current emeritus member of the American Anthropological Association's Committee for Human Rights (CfHR). She chairs CfHR's Task Group on Language and Social Justice. From 1994-2005 she directed the Xavante Education Fund, a Cultural Survival Special Project and now serves as a coordinator of Xavante Warã Association's projects with Cultural Survival.
Jean Jackson chairs the Department of Anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her books, articles, and teaching focus on medical anthropology, social and ethnic identity, gender issues, and indigenous mobilization in Colombia. She received her doctorate in anthropology from Stanford University.
Lesley J. Kabotie (Crow) is owner of Kabotie Consulting, a private consulting business specializing in organizational development, program planning, and facilitation services. Lesley has 20 years of experience in working with tribes, tribal communities, organizations, and entities. Her clients have included the First Nations Development Institute and the New Mexico Department of Indian Affairs. She is a member of the Steering Committee to Address Non-Profit Inclusiveness at The Denver Foundation. Lesley holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University and a master’s degree in Non-Profit Management from Regis University.
Stephen Marks is a Professor in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard School of Public Health. The emphasis of his work is on the interface of health and human rights, drawing on the disciplines of international law, international politics, international organizations, and international economics. Stephen’s recent research has focused on integrating human rights into sustainable human development; biotechnology and human rights; impunity for mass atrocities; terrorism and human rights; cultural rights; tobacco control; access to medicines, and human rights education. He has published books, articles or book chapters in each of these areas. He directs Harvard Series on Health and Human Rights at Harvard University Press. He recently co-edited a book on Achieving the Human Right to Health, and his book Health and Human Rights: Basic International Documents is now in its third edition. Stephen is currently collaborating with Prof. Balakrishnan Rajagopal of MIT on a Research Handbook on Human Rights and Health for publication in 2014. He is also editing a volume on the right to development for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Stella Tamang, Tamang tribe from Nepal, was Chair of the International Indigenous Womens Caucus at the third session of the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, is the chair of the South Asia Indigenous Womens Forum, and an advisor of Nepal Tamang Women Ghedung. She founded Bikalpa Gyan Kendra in Nepal to contribute to students' education and livelihood by combining academic learning with practical training. She is a member of Cultural Survival's Program Council.
Che Wilson, Ngāti Rangi from the North Island of Aotearoa-New Zealand, is a managing director of a consultancy, Intugen Ltd, focusing in Māori community and cultural development. He possesses formal experience in policy and community development and has worked in the public sector in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He was the chair of his tribe from 2008-2011 where he stepped down to become the Chief Executive.
Additional Program Council Members and Program Advisors
Jacob Manatowa Bailey (Sauk)
jessie little doe baird (Wampanoag)
Theodore Macdonald, Jr.
Mirian Masaquiza (Kichwa)
Ryan Sense Wilson (Oglala Lakota)
Asociación Sobrevivencia Cultural
Ancelmo Xunic Cabrera (Kaqchikel) - Presidente
Cesar Gomez (Pocomam) - Vicepresidente
Mark Camp - Tesorero
Angelica Cabur (Kaqchikel) - Secratary