JoAnn K. Chase
Director, American Indian Environmental Office
JoAnn Chase, Mandan/Hidatsa and Arikara, is a Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellow and a consultant to several Native and non-Native not-for-profit groups regarding public policy, fund raising, public relations, and management issues. Currently, she advises the Youth Justice Funding Collaborative, a New York based program; the African American Policy Institute, a New York City national center that does policy analysis and community based outreach and education; and, RamScale Productions, a New York multi-media arts center that does both multi-cultural and commercial programming; and, the Media, Arts & Culture Unit of the Ford Foundation. She is the former Executive Director of the National Network of Grantmakers, a donor membership organization devoted to supporting and expanding progressive philanthropy.
JoAnn served eight years as the Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians, this country's oldest and largest national Indian membership organization. Under her leadership, she tripled the organization's staff, operating budget and tribal membership. Her leadership facilitated unprecedented visibility and viability for NCAI as a strong and credible voice for Native America.
JoAnn has a law degree from the University of New Mexico Law School and a baccalaureate in film theory and criticism from Boston University. Currently, she serves on boards for Harvard University 's Honoring Nations' Program and NAES College . She speaks regularly to private and public audiences regarding Native issues.