BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The NB3 Foundation’s National Board of Directors are individuals with extensive experience in advocacy, law, activism, policy, politics, business and health. The board oversees NB3F’s work and helps to ensure we are making progress toward our mission.
Notah Begay III
Founder & Board Member
Notah Begay III (Navajo/San Felipe/Isleta Pueblos), Founder and Board Member
Notah Begay III, the only full-blooded Native American to have played on the PGA TOUR, was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Notah secured a scholarship to Stanford University where he earned a degree in Economics in addition to earning All- American Honors three times and leading the golf team to a National Championship in 1994.
In addition to winning 4 PGA TOUR tournaments, Mr. Begay became only the third player in the history of professional golf to shoot 59 in a professional event and partnered with good friend Tiger Woods in the 2000 President’s Cup.
When Mr. Begay is not on the golf course, he dedicates his time to positively impacting the Native American community. In 2005, Notah launched The Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation. The Foundation works to battle obesity and diabetes in the Native American youth. In addition, Mr. Begay owns a golf course development firm and works exclusively with Native communities to develop world-class golf properties.
Mr. Begay was named one of Golf Magazine’s Innovators of the Year in 2009 for his philanthropic work through the NB3 Foundation and has also been named one of the Top 100 Sports Educators in the world by the Institute for International Sport. In 2012, he received the Charlie Bartlett Award from the Golf Writers Association of America for his contributions to philanthropy and his community through the NB3 Foundation. In August 2012, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation honored Mr. Begay and the NB3 Foundation with the Steve Patterson Award for excellence in Sports Philanthropy. He has recently become a golf commentator for NBC Sports and Golf Channel. Mr. Begay is also Founder and Chief Executive Officer of KivaSun Foods.
James Meggesto is a partner in the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. A frequent recipient of industry recognition for its strength in litigation and high-stakes appellate work, its leadership in groundbreaking transactions and its depth in public policy. Mr. Meggesto’s practice focuses on representation of tribes, tribal governmental instrumentalities and tribally-owned enterprises in complex litigation and transactional matters covering a wide variety of issues. He has represented tribes and tribal entities in all regions of the country in areas such as Indian gaming law, land into trust matters, complex financial transactions, economic development initiatives and federal treaty rights litigation. Mr. Meggesto represents clients at all levels of federal, state and tribal courts, as well as before Congress and various federal agencies.
Mr. Meggesto has a Bachelor of Science degree (with honors) in Political Science from the State University of New York at Brockport in and a Juris Doctorate (magna cum laude) from Albany Law School. Mr. Meggesto has been recognized for his work by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2011-2012) – Native American law; The Best Lawyers in America (2007-2010); and Top 40 Lobbyists Under 40 (2011) – Washingtonian magazine. Mr. Meggesto is from the Onondaga Nation.
Cathy Newby is the Manager of Tribal Affairs for the PNM Governmental Affairs Department where she is responsible for developing long term, effective working relationships with American Indian leaders and communities in New Mexico and implement and assesses programs to meet their community needs and concerns consistent with PNM’s mission and vision. Ms. Newby has served in this capacity since 2003. PNM is New Mexico’s largest electricity provider, serving more than 500,000 New Mexico residential and business customers.
Ms. Newby has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Journalism from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico. A member of the Diné (Navajo) Nation, Ms. Newby grew up on the reservation in Tohatchi, New Mexico. She is born for the Bitter Water Clan.
Pueblo of Acoma
Derek Valdo is CEO of AMERIND Risk, the only 100 percent tribally-owned and operated insurance company, that provides property, liability, workers compensation and employee benefits. Mr. Valdo led AMERIND Risk to its best five years of financial performance. Mr. Valdo, from the Pueblo of Acoma, also participates on the Acoma Business Board and National Indian Child Welfare Association Board of Directors.
Mr. Valdo’s recognitions include: Indian Country Media Network’s esteemed list of 50 Faces of Indian Country, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s 40 Under 40 and among Albuquerque Business First’s Top 10 CEOs. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of New Mexico. Mr. Valdo has served as a tribal councilman and continues to fulfill his duties.
Jodi A Gillette
Hunkpapa and Oglala Lakota
Jodi A. Gillette currently serves as a Policy Advisor for Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP, a national law firm devoted to representing Native American tribal interests. Previously, Ms. Gillette served on the President Barrack Obama Administration from 2009-2015 as the Special Assistant to the President for Native American Affairs in the White House Domestic Policy Council. Subsequent to that position, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary to the Assistant-Secretary Indian Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior. Additionally, as the Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House, she implemented and institutionalized the President’s interactions with the tribes and his Administration.
Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Ms. Gillette served as the executive director of the Native American Training Institute in Bismarck, a non-profit offering technical assistance and training to tribal, state and local governments in the area of human service delivery systems. In 2008, Ms. Gillette worked for the Obama for America directing North Dakota’s statewide First American vote efforts.
Ms. Gillette has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota. Ms. Gillette is Hunkpapa and Oglala Lakota.
Jon Greendeer (Ma\a\s`u\sga (Mah-shoo-skah – White Feather) is the former President of the Ho-Chunk Nation having prior served as the Chair of the Grievance Review Board, Certified Mediator and Executive Administrative Officer.
Mr. Greendeer has an Associate’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Marathon County and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. Both degrees helped Mr. Greendeer develop his interest in state and federal relations with tribes.
Mr. Greendeer is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and a student of the Ho-Chunk language and traditional way of life. Building a life around activity and the outdoors, he is also a musician, cyclist, woodworker, drone pilot and bowhunter.
Mr. Greendeer resides in Stevens Point, Wisconsin with his wife, Chris. They have two daughters: Brittany and Rio.
George Hiller, Jr.
George M. Hiller Jr. is the Vice President and a shareholder in the George M. Hiller Companies, LLC, a full-service investment management and financial planning firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. He is financial advisor to elite professional athletes, business owners and executives, and foundations and non-profit corporations.
He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Practitioner, graduate of Samford University, and earned an MBA from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University. Mr. Hiller is a 4th generation native of Atlanta where he resides with his wife Terri.
Dr. Richard Luarkie
Pueblo of Laguna
Dr. Richard Luarkie is the CEO for 96 Degrees, a professional services firm focused on strategy, data and analytics and economic advancement. With a passion for strategy, analytics, economic creation and economic advancement, Dr. Luarkie’s professional experience includes being a small business owner, as well as working for international companies like American Management Systems and AT&T – Global Strategy. The majority of Dr. Luarkie’s professional career is in the areas of technology, strategy and economic advancement.
Dr. Luarkie also served two-terms as the Governor for the Pueblo of Laguna. Raised by his grandparents at the Pueblo of Laguna, Dr. Luarkie was exposed to an upbringing that was rich with New Mexico Pueblo culture and values, a deep tradition of contribution to community, and with inspiration to live a great life.
Dr. Luarkie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of New Mexico, a Masters of Business Administration from New Mexico State University and a Ph.D. from Arizona State University-School of Social Transformation. Dr. Luarkie is from the Pueblo of Laguna.
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
Since 1995, Audrey Martinez served as an elected officer for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and a member of the San Manuel Business Committee until 2011, including several terms as Tribal Treasurer. In 2014, Martinez was appointed to the office of Vice President of San Manuel Digital, a new entity of the Tribe established to guide the development of the new digital gaming enterprise.
With a dedicated career in public service, Ms. Martinez was instrumental in building diverse experiences and opportunities for tribe, including San Manuel’s delegation to the National Congress of American Indians, National Indian Gaming Association, Indian Child and Family Services, National Indian Child Welfare Association and the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations. She was able to effect policies, programs and other measures that continue to contribute significantly to the advancement of Native Americans and tribal communities across the country.
Ms. Martinez also serves as San Manuel’s representative to the board of directors of the Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc., and the Operating Committee for First Nations Experience (FNX), the nation’s first Native American and World Indigenous Peoples television network. In addition, she served on the board of the Highland Area Chamber of Commerce and the San Bernardino Chamber of Commerce, and has maintained her position for 15 years on the Highland Senior Center board.
Ms. Martinez was nominated for the Women of Distinction Award by former Congressman Joe Baca. She received the California American Indian Chamber Warrior Award and the Safety Employees Benefit Association Benefactor Award.
With a focus on long-term benefits of opportunities and education in film, Ms. Martinez founded Tribal Alliance Productions, which focuses on Native Americans and their accomplishments in film, where she remains a partner continually promoting the company’s feature film “Older than America.”
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska
Katie Brossy is an attorney at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP where she advises clients regarding American Indian law and policy. Ms. Brossy’s legal practice focuses on representation of Indian tribes, tribal governmental instrumentalities and tribally owned enterprises. She has worked on a number of highly significant tribal issues, including one of largest Indian water rights settlements in U.S. history and the largest tribal trust claim settlement. She has also represented tribal clients on a variety of matters, including issues regarding federal, state and tribal tax laws; Indian gaming law; land into trust matters; economic development initiatives; environmental regulation; tribal college accreditation; contract support costs under the Indian Self-Determination Education and Assistance Act; tribal sovereignty; and sovereign immunity.
Ms. Brossy is a member of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and is also Santee Sioux. Ms. Brossy grew up in Nebraska where she received her undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her J.D. in 2005 from Columbia Law School, where she was a staff editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and co-chair of the Native American Law Student Association. She has served as the President of the Native American Bar Association of D.C. and currently serves on her law firm’s Diversity Committee. Ms. Brossy currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and two sons.