Native Americans in Philanthropy Names Erik R. Stegman as Executive Director

While Erik R. Stegman will lead Native Americans in Philanthropy’s new strategic direction, NAP’s Board Chair Edgar Villanueva — author of Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance — has been named The Schott Foundation’s Senior Vice President of Programs and Advocacy.

Erik R. Stegman, a member of the Carry the Kettle First Nation (Nakoda), has been named Executive Director of Native Americans in Philanthropy — the only non-profit organization devoted to promoting equitable and effective philanthropy in Native communities.

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Stegman’s hiring comes as the Board concludes a year-long commitment of listening to and partnering with stakeholders in order to develop a plan of strategic growth and impact built upon strong relationships and best practices.

The organization will focus its efforts on four significant areas that will have a positive impact on philanthropic growth in Indian Country:

  • Transform and influence the philanthropic sector to be in alignment with an Indigenous worldview
  • Increase and support Native American/Alaska Native professionals in philanthropy
  • Increase engagement with and funding to Native-led organizations
  • Strengthen internal structure and capacity of the organization

“Both the Board and staff at Native Americans in Philanthropy are thrilled to have Erik lead us in this exciting stage of growth. His experience, accomplishments, ideas, and character will take NAP’s work to a greater level, ” Edgar Villanueva, NAP Board Chair, said. “I would like to thank our NAP staff and Interim Executive Director Geoffrey Roth. They ensured the Board had the ability to conduct a thorough search for a new Executive Director by maintaining quality programming during this transition.”

Erik is slated to start his new role mid-February, joining NAP from the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute where he served as the Executive Director. He has also previously held positions at the Center for American Progress on their Poverty to Prosperity team, as Majority Staff Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and in the Obama administration as a Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education. Erik began his career in Washington, D.C. at the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center. He holds a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, an M.A. in American Indian Studies from UCLA’s Graduate Division, and a B.A. from Whittier College.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Native Americans in Philanthropy. With an active and committed Board and visionary strategic direction, the organization is poised to build on the tremendous momentum of the past thirty years. Indigenous people and communities will be at the heart of what I do to help bring NAP to the next level of impact,” Stegman said.

NAP’s Board Chair Edgar Villanueva — author of Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance — has been named The Schott Foundation’s Senior Vice President of Programs and Advocacy. (Courtesy Human Impact Solutions)

Schott Foundation Names Edgar Villanueva as Senior Vice President

Meanwhile, NAP’s Board Chair Edgar Villanueva has been named The Schott Foundation’s Senior Vice President of Programs and Advocacy.

In making the announcement, Schott President & CEO John H. Jackson said, “Several years ago, I had the pleasure of welcoming Edgar to the Schott family. Today, I am ecstatic about the opportunity to enhance Edgar’s role within Schott and to work with him as a valued colleague and partner in the journey to ensure that communities and grassroots organizations have the resources, power and voice necessary to ensure that all students have an opportunity to learn and thrive. We share a common vision and intensity for achieving that goal.”

Edgar is the author of the acclaimed book, Decolonizing Wealth, and has played a critical leadership role at the Schott Foundation and across the philanthropic sector. He leads Schott’s program team, building collaborations with grantees and among philanthropic partners that empower and strengthen the grassroots movement for education justice. Looking ahead to the challenges of 2020 and beyond, he said, “I’m thrilled to lead in an organization that deeply reflects my values and my vision for philanthropic justice. Schott’s bold approach is saving lives every day because at the center of our work are those who are most impacted by historical and systemic racism.”

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