Meet Our Youth

Each year, NAFOA selects a group of highly motivated self-identifying Native youth who are interested in expanding their knowledge of tribal economic development to join our Leadership Summit Class.

Our Leadership Summit Class are selected from a pool of applicants who have qualified for the program by participating in our online career prep and personal finance programming.

Class of 2019

Raquel Anakalea
Raquel Anakalea

Bishop Paiute Tribe, Shoshone-Bannock/Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian)

Kyrsha Balderas
Kyrsha Balderas

Ariel Farinango
Ariel Farinango

Ashleigh Fixico
Ashleigh Fixico

Justice Oglesby
Justice Oglesby

Kevin Patrick O'Neal-Smith
Kevin Patrick O'Neal-Smith

Sophie Maria Tiger
Sophie Maria Tiger

Kirsten Van Dyke
Kirsten Van Dyke

Class of 2018

Joshua Bertalotto
Joshua Bertalotto

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana

Jessica Bradby
Jessica Bradby

Pamunkey Indian Tribe

Joshua Emerson
Joshua Emerson

Navajo

Jorge Martinez
Jorge Martinez

Mazahua and Mixtec

Jordan Oglesby
Jordan Oglesby

Navajo

Class of 2017

Brandon Baptista
Brandon Baptista

Kanaka Maoli

LaLa Forrest
LaLa Forrest

Pit River Tribe

Mariah Gladstone
Mariah Gladstone

Blackfeet, Cherokee

Alana Laanui
Alana Laanui

Native Hawaiian

Keith Martinez
Keith Martinez

Oglala Sioux

Taylor Miller
Taylor Miller

Navajo