Dana Arviso became the Executive Director of Potlatch Fund in June 2011, after working for the organization since July 2007. Inspired by the ask at the 2006 Potlatch Fund Gala, she became a volunteer and then a staff member, working her way from being a Data Administrator to Bookkeeper to Finance and Evaluation Manager. She is a 2008 graduate of First Nations Development Institute’s Seattle LEAD Program and participated in Leadership Tomorrow’s Class of 2011.
Dana is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, but grew up both on the Navajo Nation and the Bishop Paiute-Shoshone Indian Reservation in California. She earned her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento, in Child Development and earned her Masters of Education degree in 2006 from the University of Washington with an emphasis on Language, Literacy, and Culture. Dana’s past work experiences include working as an early childhood educator within her Tribe’s family literacy program as well as working within higher education as a graduate staff assistant within the Office of Minority Recruitment & Retention at the University of Washington’s College of Education. Dana has been a past scholarship recipient of the American Indian Graduate Center, including been selected as a 2006 Accenture fellow.
While primarily focused on the needs of Native Americans, Dana has dedicated her life to combating the social and economic disparities that affect all communities of color in the Pacific Northwest. She has represented the needs of Native peoples and communities within the Pacific Northwest by serving on regional and national boards. Dana served on the Board of Directors of Social Justice Fund Northwest from August 2010 – February 2013 and currently serves on the board of Native Americans in Philanthropy. She is honored to join the board of American Indian Graduate Center, where she offers the perspectives of being an AIGC scholarship recipient and knowledge of the funding opportunities within the field of Native education.