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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