AIGC Director Appointed to Obama Foundation MBK Advisory Council

Attached - Angelique Albert photo by Don James Angelique Albert appointed to My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Advisory Council
AIGC Executive Director joins business, academic leaders on Obama Foundation Initiative

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (March 28, 2018) –  My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, an initiative of the Obama Foundation, has announced its new Advisory Council with the appointment of five new members including Angelique Albert, Executive Director, American Indian Graduate Center.

“We are thrilled to have such an impressive group of business and academic leaders join the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance’s Advisory Council. Their commitment to this work in their respective industries and communities makes each a great addition at such an important time,” said David Simas, CEO of the Obama Foundation.

President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper in 2014 to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color and to ensure opportunities to reach their full potential. In 2015, the MBK Alliance was launched, then later became an initiative of the Obama Foundation focused on building safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color where they feel valued and have pathways to opportunity.

“We’re very proud of Angelique’s appointment to the Advisory Council,” said AIGC Board President Holly Cook Macarro. “Her national work with My Brother’s Keeper Alliance will help expand AIGC’s mission to provide support for American Indian and Alaskan Natives seeking higher education and to help close opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color.”

Albert, a citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, said, “I am extremely humbled to contribute a Native voice and perspective to this amazing organization and its critical mission. More importantly, I am honored to assist in creating pathways for our young men and boys who are deserving of every opportunity this life can provide them.”

Albert noted that AIGC and AIGC Scholars are the largest scholarship providers to American Indian and Alaskan Native students in the United States, providing more than $200 million since its inception in 1969. The organization awards $15 million annually to deserving undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students.

“We’re so proud to empower tribal students from 400 tribes in all 50 states,” said Albert. “The graduation rate for our AIGC Scholars program is 69 percent. Our Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund — targeting engineering, pharmacy and environmental sciences — has a 95 percent graduation rate! And 66 percent of SPGSF graduates are Native women. We’re leading the way, but we’re far behind in meeting the national need for scholarships.”

Albert said this appointment will give tribal communities a stronger voice and larger presence in My Brother’s Keeper initiatives. “President Obama’s priorities for our young men are safety and mentorships. I believe education is key to making positive change, and we’re constantly seeking more funding to increase our scholarships. But mentoring and internships are essential for job placement and creating career paths, so we plan to connect our 49 years of alumni with more students.”   

Albert joined the American Indian Graduate Center as Executive Director in March 2017. She has dedicated her professional career in service to tribal communities and creating positive impacts. Prior to her work at AIGC, Albert served as Executive Director of Salish Kootenai College Foundation where she was instrumental in planning and implementing the successful launch of a $20 million capital campaign. She also served as Associate Director of National American Indian Business Leaders and in various roles in philanthropy, including Lead Native American Program Officer for the Beaumont Foundation of America, and External Grant Reviewer for the Case Foundation. Albert’s early career began by serving her own tribe as a Legal Intern, Court Appointed Special Advocate, and Chief Juvenile Probation Officer.

Albert served as a board member for the Potlatch Fund, a Native-led nonprofit that provides grants and leadership development in Tribal communities throughout Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana. Albert also served on the board of S & K Gaming, LLC, one of the corporations owned by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. She holds a B.A. in Human Services and an MBA with a special emphasis in American Indian Entrepreneurship from Gonzaga University.

Albert joins Tom Geddes, CEO of Plank Industries, Karol Mason, President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and young adult members Malachi Hernandez and Senegal Mabry. Council members provide strategic guidance to MBK Alliance programs and serve as ambassadors in their respective industries and communities.  https://www.obama.org/updates/mbka-advisory/ 

Attached – Angelique Albert photo by Don James

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AIGC/ AIGC Scholars has awarded more than $200 million in scholarships since 1969. We are proud to empower tribal students from 400 tribes in 50 states through educational funding and support services.

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AIGC is looking for a Marketing Director and a Chief Operating Officer

Marketing Director

The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) is in search of a Marketing Director.
The successful candidate is a key member of the senior management team, develops, directs and implements AIGC’s overall Comprehensive Marketing Plan (CMP) encompassing marketing, advertising, promotional and communications activities of the organization and develops a major communications strategy to support AIGC’s fundraising and sustainability plan, scholarships and scholar support programs.

Master’s Degree in Marketing or related field preferred, plus ten years progressive work
experience in marketing required including five years in supervisory capacity; or equivalent
combination of education and experience. Valid driver’s license. Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen, background investigation. Native American strongly preferred and desired. Please submit your letter of interest and resume to angelique@aigcs.org.

Click here to view complete Marketing Director job description.


Chief Operating Officer (COO)

The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) is looking for a dynamic COO.  The successful candidate is a key member of the senior management team, second in command reporting to the Executive Director, and is responsible for the oversight and management of daily operations.  The COO will maintain control of diverse organizational operations, including finance, student support services, scholarship administration, information technology, marketing, and development and ensures the effectiveness and efficiency of the organization.

Master’s preferred, Bachelor’s Degree required plus five years prior experience in COO role or similar position with broad organizational responsibilities for the following areas: fiscal management, budgeting, institutional fundraising, sales, marketing, human resources, business/program development, and strategic planning.  Must possess working knowledge of tribes and tribal organizations, federal contract regulations and procedures, and financial aid procedures.  Valid driver’s license and ability to travel required.  Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen and background investigation.  Native American strongly preferred and desired. Please submit your letter of interest and resume to staffing@valliant.com.

Click here to view complete COO Job Description

AIGC Board President Nationally Recognized

August 3, 2017

Contact: Stephine Poston (505) 379-6172; stephposton@msn.com

American Indian Graduate Center Board President Nationally Recognized

Holly Cook Macarro Honored at Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations (WEWIN)

Isleta Pueblo, NM – August 3, 2017 – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) congratulates Board President, Holly Cook Macarro (Red Lake Band of Ojibwe) who was honored this week by Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations (WEWIN), a national organization committed to leadership, tribal culture, community and family.

“President Cook-Macarro is a tremendous leader and advocate in Indian Country.  She has been instrumental in taking AIGC to the next level of service and scholarships for our students. I am extremely proud of her, she is an inspiration to native women and tribal people across this country.  I cannot think of a more deserving person of the prestigious recognition,” stated Angelique Albert, AIGC’s Executive Director.

Cook Macarro is a graduate of the University of North Dakota with BBA and University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) with an MBA.  She has a successful track record of orchestrating outreach voter empowerment campaigns for federal elections, as well as advocating for various tribal issues including playing a key role in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

The AIGC Board of Directors also includes Joel Frank (Vice President)/Seminole Tribe of Florida, Steve Stallings (Secretary-Treasurer)/Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians, Stacy Leeds/Cherokee, Danna Jackson/Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Walter Lamar/Blackfeet, Wichita, Dana Arviso/ Diné, Ernie L. Stevens Jr./ Oneida Nation and Aurene Martin/Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

About the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)

AIGC and AIGC Scholars is the largest scholarship provider to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students in the United States.  AIGC and AIGC Scholars have funded over 13,000 students and awarded over $200 million in scholarships since inception.

Building on a 50-year legacy, AIGC will continue to be the premier national resource in funding and empowering the next generation of Native leaders across all sectors, by meeting the unmet need of every Native American student.

American Indian Graduate Center, Inc.
3701 San Mateo NE, Suite 200, Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 881-4584 www.aigcs.org

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American Indian Graduate Center Names New Board President

Holly Cook Macarro Will Lead National Native Scholarship Organization

 Holly Cook Macarro & Rose Graham Photo, left to right: Holly Cook Macarro & Rose Graham.

Albuquerque, NM – May 30, 2017 – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) recently elected Holly Cook Macarro (Red Lake Band of Ojibwe) President of the organization’s Board of Directors.

Cook Macarro is a graduate of the University of North Dakota with BBA and University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) with an MBA.  She has a successful track record of orchestrating outreach voter empowerment campaigns for federal elections, as well as advocating for various tribal issues including playing a key role in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

“First, thank you to our outgoing President Rose Graham (Navajo) for her steady leadership and service to our organization,” stated Angelique Albert, AIGC’s Executive Director.  “Holly Cook Macarro will bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge as we strengthen our fundraising efforts to provide more undergraduate and graduate scholarships,” added Albert.

Cook Macarro stated, “It’s an exciting time for AIGC.  We have a nearly 50-year legacy of providing higher education scholarships and services to Indian students to build upon.  As we move toward this important anniversary milestone, our mission is to continue to encourage Native students to pursue higher education and to be ready with scholarships that meet their needs.”

The AIGC Board Vice President is Joel Frank and Secretary-Treasurer is Steve Stallings.  Continuing Board Members at Large this year are Stacy Leeds (Cherokee), Danna Jackson (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes), Walter Lamar (Blackfeet, Wichita) and Dana Arviso (Diné).  Newly elected to the Board of Directors is Aurene Martin (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), President of Spirit Rock Consulting Incorporated.  She has extensive experience in Federal Indian Law and Policy, having served in several Tribal and Federal key government positions.

About the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)

AIGC is a national organization, based in Albuquerque, NM, providing educational support through scholarships since 1969. AIGC is a national provider of scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students.  AIGC Scholars is the American Indian and Alaska Native partner in the Bill and Melinda Gates Scholars Program.   AIGC and AIGC Scholars have funded almost 13,000 students and awarded nearly $200 million in scholarships since inception.

Building on a 50-year legacy, AIGC will continue to be the premier national resource in funding and empowering the next generation of Native leaders across all sectors, by meeting the unmet need of every Native American student.

American Indian Graduate Center, Inc.
3701 San Mateo NE, Suite 200, Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 881-4584 | www.aigcs.org

American Indian Graduate Center Welcomes New Executive Director

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Angelique Albert, Joins National Native Scholarship Organization

Albuquerque, NM – February 2, 2017 – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), is pleased to announce and welcome Angelique Albert (Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes) as the new executive director.

AIGC is embarking on a 50-year legacy of providing higher education scholarships and services to Indian students.  “Ms. Albert is a perfect fit for the organization bringing over 20 years’ experience in executive management of non-profits, philanthropy, and tribal education,” stated Rose Graham, AIGC Board of Directors President.

Graham added, “AIGC is not your ordinary scholarship provider.  It prides itself in providing services and resources to ensure students stay in college successfully.  This requires an understanding of Indian student’s unique circumstances.  We view Ms. Albert’s appointment as a sign of our commitment to being the premier scholarship provider for Indian students.”

Ms. Albert has dedicated her professional career in service to tribal communities and creating positive impacts.  Most recently, she has served as Executive Director of Salish Kootenai College Foundation.  “AIGC alumni are doctors, attorneys, scientists and tribal leaders making positive impacts across the country.  I’m honored to continue the organization’s work of building capacity in Indian Country through education,” Albert said.

About the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)
AIGC is a national organization, based in Albuquerque, NM, providing educational support through scholarships since 1969.  AIGC is a national provider of scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students.

We provide financial support for American Indians and Alaska Natives seeking higher education and support them in attaining undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. We partner with Tribes, the federal government, foundations, corporations, and individuals to ensure the growth and sustainability of scholarships.

 

American Indian Graduate Center, Inc.
3701 San Mateo NE, Suite 200, Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 881-4584 www.aigcs.org

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American Indian Graduate Center Announces New Board Member

Ernie L. Stevens JrErnie L. Stevens Jr., Joins Cast of Leaders in Native Scholarship Organization

Albuquerque, NM – January 5, 2017 – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), a non-profit organization embarking on a 50-year legacy of scholarships to Indian students welcomes Ernie L. Stevens Jr. (Oneida Nation) to the Board of Directors.

Mr. Stevens is currently serving his eighth two-year term as the Chairman and national spokesperson for the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA).  “Mr. Stevens has a phenomenal record of advocating for sovereignty and economic development and a huge proponent of education for building tribal capacity.  He’s a respected, results driven tribal leader and we are excited to have him on the Board,” said Rose Graham (Diné) AIGC Board President.

Joan Currier, AIGC’s Interim Executive Director stated, “In order for AIGC to build the most effective program to support up-and-coming leaders in Indian Country, we must involve the nation’s current leaders in Indian Country.  We are delighted Mr. Stevens will formally continue his ongoing support of the organization.”

Ernie Stevens Jr. stated, “The path to educational opportunities has always been a professional priority of mine.  Early in my career I was on a team that challenged the educational system to be more inclusive of the non-traditional student.  Even though I worked in a traditional environment as a coach, teacher and recruitment specialist, we were trying to find a way to better serve Indian Country.

A lot has changed over the years.  Technological advances and online resources have made educational opportunities more available.  Regardless of this success, continued growth utilizing these resources remains a priority.  When you put scholarship opportunities, like those established by AIGC and determined Native educators together it is sure to produce significant and positive impact.  Indian education has come a long way, and AIGC has played a strong role in that growth and I am excited to join this team.

My commitment to serve on the AIGC board is driven by the teachings of my father, Ernie Stevens, Sr., who accomplished a lot of great work throughout this country.  Whether it was during his tenure in Washington, DC, his work throughout Indian Country, or his legacy right here at home in Oneida, education and business development was always his priority.  Ernie, Sr. was on the ground floor of this organization making higher education for Indian students attainable through scholarships and student services.  Advancing the educational and business opportunities for Indian country was always his passion, and I am excited to carry on that legacy.”

Stevens will join a diverse, experienced and dedicated Board.   Rose Graham (Diné) is Board President, Joel M. Frank, Sr. (Seminole Tribe of Florida) is Vice President and Steve Stallings (Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians) is Secretary-Treasurer. Board Members at Large are Stacy Leeds (Cherokee), Danna Jackson (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes), Walter Lamar (Blackfeet, Wichita), Dana Arviso (Diné), and Holly Cook Macarro (Red Lake Band of Ojibwe).


About the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)

AIGC is a national organization, based in Albuquerque, NM, providing educational support through scholarships since 1969.  AIGC is a national provider of scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students.

We provide financial support for American Indians and Alaska Natives seeking higher education and support them in attaining undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. We partner with Tribes, the federal government, foundations, corporations, and individuals to ensure the growth and sustainability of scholarships.

 

American Indian Graduate Center, Inc.
3701 San Mateo NE, Suite 200, Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 881-4584 www.aigcs.org

Staff Kudos!

josh-lucio-recieving-special-contribution-to-indian-education-award-from-u-of-a-alumni-associationRecently AIGC’s very own, Josh Lucio (Pueblo of Zuni), was recognized by University of Arizona, American Indian Alumni Club for his exemplary special contributions to Indian education. Josh is the Program Associate for Scholarships and Programs.
sara-labarge-40-under-40-awardSara LaBarge (Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin), Academic Advisor for the AIGC Scholars was named one of forty emerging leaders under 40 in Indian Country by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED). This prestigious award recognizes these leaders for their demonstrated, initiative, and dedication to their communities.

American Indian Graduate Center Installs New Board Leadership

Board of Directors at Native Scholarship Organization Represent a Breadth of Expertise.

American Indian Graduate Center Installs New Board Leadership

Albuquerque, NM – August 8, 2016 – The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving cultural and economic wellbeing for individuals and tribes through graduate education, recently announced the installment of its newest board leadership – Rose Graham (Diné) as Board President, Joel M. Frank, Sr. (Seminole Tribe of Florida) as Vice President and Steve Stallings (Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians) as Secretary-Treasurer.

“To support up-and-coming leaders in Indian Country, we must involve the nation’s current leaders in Indian Country,” said Interim Executive Director Joan Currier. “Our newly-appointed board leadership and incumbent board members bring diversity in industry, geography and expertise to AIGC to ensure we continue to serve our students in the best ways possible.”

Graham, who served as vice president of the board in the previous term, is the Director of the Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance in Window Rock, AZ, which serves more than 10,000 Navajo students pursuing post-secondary education. Prior to this, Graham worked with the Navajo Nation Council for nine years as Legislative Services Director, Legislative Advisory and Interpreter. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in humanities from Fort Lewis College.

Incoming Board Vice President Frank served as a board member in the previous term. Frank has committed his career to the furtherance of tribal self-determination, economic prosperity and community development for all of Native American Tribes.

Incoming Secretary-Treasurer Stallings’ background is in American Indian economic development, including past positions as president of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, senior vice president at Wells Fargo, secretary-treasurer on the AIGC Board, chairman of the Los Angeles City and County Native American Commission, and Native American community development officer at the First Interstate Bank of Arizona. He served as a board member during the previous term.

Continuing as Board Members at Large this year are Stacy Leeds (Cherokee), Danna Jackson (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes), Walter Lamar (Blackfeet, Wichita), Dana Arviso (Diné), and Holly Cook Macarro (Red Lake Band of Ojibwe).

“We extend a special recognition to outgoing Board President Michael Bird,” said Interim Executive Director Joan Currier. “Mr. Bird served AIGC with outstanding leadership, thoughtful perspective, and joyful camaraderie. He left his stamp on AIGC and we grateful for his commitment to our organization.”

About the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)

AIGC is a national organization, based in Albuquerque, NM, providing educational support through scholarships since 1969.  AIGC is a national provider of scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students.

We provide financial support for American Indians and Alaska Natives seeking higher education and support them in attaining undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. We partner with Tribes, the federal government, foundations, corporations, and individuals to ensure the growth and sustainability of scholarships.

 

American Indian Graduate Center, Inc.
3701 San Mateo NE, Suite 200, Albuquerque, NM 87110
(505) 881-4584 www.aigcs.org

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