Our Board


Dylan Baca

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Dylan Baca was born and raised in Arizona, where he is a citizen of the White Mountain Apache Tribe and Navajo Nation. Dylan currently resides in New York City where he attends Columbia University studying Political Science and History. Dylan is a recipient of the Arizona 18 under 18 award as well as the UNITY 25 under 25 award. 

At an early age, Dylan knew he always wanted to help people. With the influence of his mother, Dylan saw how policy could help improve people's lives and build towards a better future. In the spring of 2018, Dylan was appointed to the Arizona Governor’s Youth Commission. Not long afterward, he was appointed the chairman of the Arizona Human Trafficking Prevention committee. Dylan and  his team worked to expand social media outreach for the Governor’s office on human trafficking issues. They also promoted Project STARFISH to make sure students and educators were more knowledgeable about the warning signs, prevention, and effects of human trafficking. In the spring of 2019, Dylan started the Indigenous Peoples’ Initiative to create pathways forward for future generations of Indigenous people. Since the organization's founding in 2019, Dylan has worked to create policy and advise everyone from tribal leaders to lawmakers on Indigenous rights within the state of Arizona and across our nation. The Indigenous Peoples’ Initiative was able to establish Indigenous Peoples’ Day for the first time in history and Dylan believes that his organization could provide a platform for powerful, accurate representation of Indigenous Peoples’.

In addition to serving as chief executive for the Indigneous Peoples’ Initiative, Dylan currently sits on the board for the White Mountain Democrats, Camp Grace, and is a youth advisor to the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction.

In his spare time, Dylan enjoys playing golf and spending time with his dog Sunny.


Clara Pratte

Vice Chair

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

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.


Tristan Espinoza

Board Member

Tristan Espinoza is from outside Dallas, Texas and is a citizen of the Osage Nation. Tristan currently attends Columbia University with a major in Political Science. In 2017, Tristan began his political work by joining Princeton’s Mayor’s Youth Council to help represent his Hispanic and Native communities in urban city planning. In 2019, Tristan was elected to serve on the Congressional Youth Advisory Council for Congressman Van Taylor to help bring his perspective on a state-wide scale. At the age of 16, Tristan then organized a peaceful unification for Black Lives Matter in his small, rural town. The first of its kind in Princeton’s history, Tristan was then able to change his local government by helping get new city officials elected that better represented the community. During his first year at Columbia, Tristan was appointed Marketing Deputy and Social Media Manager for ColumbiaVotes where he helped bring more civil engagement to the Morningside Heights community. Tristan currently resides in Indigehouse – the first Columbia residential building for Indigenous students and the largest space in all of Manhattan for the Indigenous community. In his spare time, Tristan plays for the Columbia University Rugby Football Club, writes a column for the Columbia Daily Spectator, and likes to watch Survivor.