President of the Board
Dylan Baca is a member of the White Mountain Apache tribe and through his cheii, he is Navajo. He currently resides in the White Mountains where he is a senior at Blue Ridge High School. Dylan is a strong advocate for social change and is committed to eliminating social inequities; In the spring of 2019 he started the Indigenous Peoples’ Initiative to provide accurate messaging about Indigenous Peoples’ to all people to ensure that educated policy decisions are made by lawmakers and other individuals in power. Through the establishment of Indigenous Peoples’ Day he believes that his organization could provide a platform to provide accurate and non-stereotypical imagery of Indigenous Peoples’. In addition to serving as chief executive, During the 2019 year, Dylan served as chairman of the Arizona Governor’s Youth Commission Human Trafficking Prevention Committee. He currently serves as a student advisor to Arizona Superintendent of Public instruction, Kathy Hoffman and as Board Member to the White Mountain Democrats.
In his spare time, Dylan enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family and friends.
Vice-President of the Board
Madeline Jones is a resident Lakeside, AZ, where she is entering her senior year at Blue Ridge High School. She has played soccer since her freshman year and is currently the captain of the team. She has always advocated for marginalized groups and is now serving as the vice president of the Indigenous Peoples’ Initiative(IPI). Both Madeline and IPI believe the establishment of Indigenous Peoples’ Day would help bring to light the accurate version of Native American history and educate people about harmful stereotypes.
After high school, Madeline plans to complete her undergrad and med school, while continuing to advocate for people of color and other marginalized groups.
Ms. Pratte has advocated for tribal communities nationwide on economic development and
sustainable growth. She grew up on the Navajo reservation and has committed her work to
poverty alleviation, economic empowerment, and advancing tribal sovereignty. Today she
assists and advises tribes nationwide on economic development matters. She founded
Strongbow Strategies, a government services firm, in 2013 and joined the Navajo Power
leadership team in 2018 to implement new energy development models on the Navajo Nation.
Her past experience includes serving as the Tribal Engagements Director for the Biden / Harris
Campaign and transition, Navajo Nation Chief of Staff, the Navajo Nation Executive Director of
the Washington DC office, the National Director of the Office of Native American Affairs of the
U.S. Small Business Administration and as a trade specialist/business analyst with the U.S.
Department of Commerce International Trade Administration Foreign and Commercial Service.
She has had the privilege of working for 2 U.S. Presidential Administrations, 4 Navajo
Presidential Administrations, and for a member of the United States Congress. She was named
the Tim Wapato Public Advocate of the Year in 2009 (NCAIED), a 40 under 40 in Indian Country
in 2010 (NCAIED), a top 50 business leader in Indian Country in 2019 (Native Business
Magazine), 2020 Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award (UCLA) and 2020 Native
Disruptor Award (Native Business Magazine).
Felecia Rotellini is a veteran prosecutor and trial attorney who served in Governor Janet Napolitano’s cabinet as Superintendent of Banks. She is known for her balanced approach to regulating companies and protecting consumers. She was the 2010 and 2014 Democratic nominee for Arizona Attorney General. Today, she is the Director of Compliance for a multi-state financial services company. Her other day job is Chairwoman of the Arizona Democratic Party. Felecia took the party to new levels of civic engagement through historic wins in 2018 and now she is leading the party to victory in 2020.
SENATOR JAMESCITA PESHLAKAI
Jamescita Mae Peshlakai is currently serving her second term in the Arizona Senate as the state's first Native American woman senator, representing legislative district 7. She formerly served in the state House of Representatives in the Fifty-first Legislature from 2013 to 2015. Sen. Peshlakai is Diné — Navajo, of the Tangle People clan, born for the Red House clan. Her maternal grandfathers are the Bitter Water clan, and her paternal grandfathers are the Cliff Dweller clan. Born, raised, and living in the district, her constituents are family and LD7 is home.
She holds a Bachelor's degree in History and a Master's degree in Educational Psychology from Northern Arizona University. As a young woman, she served in the U.S. Army and is a Persian Gulf War veteran. A veterans' advocate, she spearheaded an initiative to create an independent veterans' affairs agency for the Navajo Nation and succeeded. She was recently awarded the "Copper Star Award" by the Unified Arizona Veterans of Arizona for her advocacy.