Wells Fargo Foundation Grants $50,000.00 to Support the NAFOA Institute


The Wells Fargo Foundation recently donated to support the NAFOA Institute fall 2022 and 2023 programs. The NAFOA Institute aims to facilitate a lifetime of learning starting from youth and early career, to mid-career specialization, and executive leadership training.

Developing the next generation of Native American financial leaders requires sustained opportunities during periods of professional and academic growth. The donation of $50,000.00 specifically provides for graduate student initiatives, youth and young professional programs, and will help increase NAFOA’s virtual offerings.

After two years of navigating the pandemic, NAFOA is pleased to facilitate the return of in-person programming and outreach. Wells Fargo’s support is instrumental in our efforts to assist our service population to learn and grow.

 “I already had optimistic expectations coming to this conference, but it has far exceeded them. I’ve connected with many great native and non-native peoples, and I am forever grateful.” — Gavin Holzworth, Cherokee Nation, 2022 Fall Fellow

Left to Right: NAFOA Executive Director Rico Frias; Fall Fellow, Gavin Holzworth; Treasurer of the United States, Lynn Malerba; Fall Fellow Karli Moore
November 2022. Site visit to meet with Native American students at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma.



NAFOA was founded over 40 years ago originally as the Native American Finance Officers Association to highlight the role of tribal finance in fostering economic opportunities. NAFOA has grown along with tribal economies over the last four decades to be advocates of sound economic and fiscal policy and developers of innovative training programs in financial management to build the financial and economic skills of the next generation, and convenes tribal leadership, experienced professionals, and economic partners to meet the challenges of economic growth and change. Through its work in growing tribal economies and strengthening tribal finance, NAFOA supports the advancement of independent and culturally vibrant American Indian and Alaska Native communities. To learn more about NAFOA, visit the website www.nafoa.org.  


Cody Harjo
Director of Media & Learning Initiatives


NAFOA Announces Former Yurok Tribal Leader Susan Masten As Interim Executive Director

NAFOA, founded as the Native American Finance Officers Association, names former Yurok Tribal Leader Susan Masten as its interim executive director effective today, June 1, 2023. She was appointed to the position by the NAFOA Board of Directors. As interim executive director, Masten will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the organization, as well as leading its strategic direction.

Read More »
Scroll to Top
Skip to content