IMG_1473.jpeg

OUR BOARD

 
_Y0A7099_edited.jpg

DYLAN BACA

President of the Board

Dylan Baca is a member of the White Mountain Apache tribe and through his cheii, he is Navajo. Dylan currently resides in the White Mountains but currently is attending Columbia University. 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 Human Trafficking Prevention Committee. He currently serves as a youth advisor to Arizona Superintendent of Public instruction, Kathy Hoffman, Board Member to the White Mountain Democrats and Camp Grace.
In his spare time, Dylan enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family and friends.

CLARA PRATTE

Board Member

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).

image0.jpeg
image.png

FELECIA ROTELLINI

Board Member

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.

GINGER SYKES TORRES

Board Member

Ginger Sykes Torres is Diné (Navajo), Tódich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan) born for Bilagáana. She was born on the Navajo Nation in Tuba City, raised in Mesa, and now lives in central Phoenix. As a high school student, Ginger was the first female to win a world title at the Heard Museum’s World Championship Hoop Dance Contest in 1997. Ginger’s groundbreaking hoop dance style was the first to incorporate modern dance and gymnastics elements into the hoop dance, and her victory paved the way for female hoop dancers of all ages. 


Ginger went on to graduate from Stanford University with a degree in the Earth Systems Science Program. She is now a certified environmental consultant for tribal and environmental issues, such as renewable energy and climate change.

She helps government agencies and utilities develop strategic, efficient, and common-sense solutions to environmental issues and implement sound environmental policies, with a focus on land use, renewable energy, sustainability, and climate resilience. Ginger has recently started her own small business, Shikeyah LLC, for her environmental consulting work.


Ginger is also a leader in Arizona’s prominent non-profit community and arts organizations and is a passionate advocate for issues affecting Native Americans in Arizona. Ginger is a trustee at the Heard Museum, where she serves as the Board Secretary and on the American Indian Advisory Committee. She was instrumental in the creation of Ballet Arizona’s Tribal Nations Advisory Council--which aims to explore ways to engage local Native American communities in Native dance and ballet. In a unique partnership with Ballet Arizona, she founded and teaches the hoop dance to Native students via Zoom classes. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona (RMHC) Ginger serves as an advocate for Native American families needing a “home-away-from-home” while their children receive treatment at pediatric centers in metropolitan Phoenix. Ginger also serves on the Advisory Board for the Southwest Shakespeare Company and she is a Girl Scout Troop Leader. 


Ginger and her husband, Javier Torres, live in Phoenix. They have three small kids, two small dogs, and one small cat. 

88487A5C-FFD5-4AAD-B7B7-FBC019F20058.JPG