What we do

For 30 years, the Chamiza Foundation has continued its commitment to support the continuation of Pueblo culture. The Board of Directors, members of the Phillips family and staff carry out the work of the Foundation and are undeterred in their dedication to the mission. This has ensured the Chamiza Foundation’s continued relevance to Pueblo communities now and for generations to come.

Although a family Foundation, from the beginning, at least half of the Chamiza Board has consisted of Pueblo members. Currently, the board of twelve members includes eight Pueblo members. Pueblo members continue to guide grantmaking decisions into areas where support is most needed.

The Foundation is committed to a grassroots approach to grantmaking that supports leadership in Pueblo communities and their efforts to effect positive and innovative change that sustains culture and traditions.

The Chamiza Foundation is dedicated to on-going collaboration and long-term relationships with Pueblo communities.

Funding priorities are focused on cultural preservation and include:

  • Language Revitalization
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Traditional Building
  • Traditional Arts and Crafts
  • Storytelling / Oral History
  • Youth Education
  • Leadership Programs including environmental stewardship and ecology
  • Intercultural Exchange

Board of Directors

The Chamiza Foundation’s Board of Directors includes leaders from the Phillips Family, from Pueblo communities, and from the local community, all of whom are dedicated to thriving Pueblo communities.

MARJORIE PHILLIPS ELLIOTT, CHAIR

Marjorie Phillips Elliott has served on the board since 1999 and as chair since 2010. She also serves on the Members Board of the Phillips Collection in Washington DC. Among other non-profit experiences, while also pursuing her career in film and photography, Marjorie served as the chair of the Tarrytown Environmental Council from 1993 to 2003.

ALICE PHILLIPS SWISTEL, VICE-CHAIR

Alice Phillips Swistel has served on the board since 2007. She is a current board member of the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. and has served since 2002. She received a B.F.A. from Tufts University and the School of Museum Fine Arts in Boston.

JAMES L. PHILLIPS, FORMER CHAIR

Jim Phillips has served on the Chamiza Board since 1990 and served as Chair of the Board from 2000 to 2010. He is an investment advisor and is president of JP Capital Management.

DIANE REYNA, PRESIDENT

Diane Reyna is from the Tiwa village of Taos Pueblo and has strong ties to her mother’s Tewa village of Oke Owingeh in Northern New Mexico. She has been on staff and faculty of the Institute of American Indian Arts and currently is a consultant to the Leadership Institute at the Santa Fe Indian School.

BEVERLY R. SINGER, VICE PRESIDENT

Beverly Singer is a Santa Clara Pueblo tribal member. She recently retired as an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico. She has worked among Indigenous communities in Brazil, Canada, Kenya, Mexico and throughout the United States

HAYES LEWIS, TREASURER

Hayes Lewis is a Zuni Pueblo tribal member. He is the founding Director of the Center for Lifelong Education at the Institute of American Indian Arts and recently established the A:shiwi College and Career Readiness Center at Zuni Pueblo. Hayes has a strong history of educational and community development.

GOVERNOR BRIAN D. VALLO, SECRETARY

Brian Vallo is an Acoma Pueblo tribal member.  Currently, he is serving as Governor of Acoma Pueblo. Governor Vallo continues to be involved in the fields of architecture, planning, and the arts.

TED JOJOLA

Ted Jojola is a tribal member of Isleta Pueblo. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii, a BFA in Architecture from the University of New Mexico, and is currently Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico and the Co-Founder of the Indigenous Design and Planning Institute at UNM.

VERNON LUJAN

Vernon Geronimo Lujan is a tribal member of the Taos Pueblo and currently works for the Taos Pueblo in the management of infrastructure and as a member of the Board of Education. He worked for many years for the Pueblo of Pojoaque as Director of the Poeh Cultural Center and Museum. Vernon is a former adjunct faculty member of the University of New Mexico in Native American Studies and Fine Arts.

TRISHA MOQUINO

Trisha Moquino is from Cochiti, Ohkay Owingeh and Santo Domingo Pueblos. She graduated with a B.A. in American Studies from Stanford University; she holds an M.A. in Elementary/Bilingual Education from the University of New Mexico, and she is trained in the Montessori Method for primary level (ages 3-6) and lower elementary level (ages 6-9). Currently, she serves as the Director and lead teacher at the Keres Children’s Learning Center at Cochiti Pueblo, a learning environment that incorporates the natural usage of the Keres language and Pueblo culture into an educational model that nurtures the whole child.

DEBORAH FLYNN POST

Deborah Flynn Post has served on the Chamiza Board since 2012. She was Art Director for the School of Advanced Research Press in Santa Fe, interim Art Director for the University of New Mexico Press and Book Designer for the Museum of New Mexico Press. She holds, an MFA from Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY and a BFA from Alfred University.

PEGGY BIRD

Peggy L. Bird is of the Sun Clan from Kewa Pueblo, New Mexico. She is mom, grandmother, an advocate/attorney/consultant/human rights activist and works to enhance the sovereignty of indigenous women by ending violence against Native women, both nationally and internationally. She provides training and technical assistance to address violence against Native women and also facilitates comprehensive strategic planning sessions with a Native perspective. Peggy is a co-founder of the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women, Inc., the Native Women’s Advocacy Center, Inc., and the Indigenous Women’s Human Rights Collective, Inc.  She is a board member of Tewa Women United, Inc. and a co-founding member of the NCAI Violence Against Native Women Task Force.  She received the National Crime Victims Service Award granted by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Sunshine Peace Award granted by the Sunshine Lady Foundation and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  She has been a member of the State Bar of New Mexico since October 1990.  She received her Doctorate of Philosophy on May 7, 2018 from Arizona State University.