EMPOWERING THE LIVES OF NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE PORTLAND AREA 07/13/2016
Dear Friends of NAYA,
It is my great pleasure to announce that the NAYA Family Center’s Board of Directors has appointed Paul Lumley as our new Executive Director. After conducting a thorough national search, our hiring committee selected Paul because of his successful professional career, his extensive experience working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities throughout the country, and his demonstrated leadership and commitment to the Native organizations he has led.
Paul comes to NAYA after seven years of distinguished service to the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. His ability to create and foster strong collaborations has helped CRITFC advance its mission ofensuring a unified voice in the overall management of the fishery resources, and as managers, to protect reserved treaty rights through the exercise of the inherent sovereign powers of the tribes.
“I have always loved NAYA, but never dreamt I would have a chance to work there,” Paul told us. “I have been impressed by its ability to meet such a wide range of community needs for everyone, from babies to elders. NAYA has an amazing ability to empower families and the community. I look forward to supporting NAYA, its dedicated staff, board, donors and clients as we continue to build on the powerful work that is already underway.”
We are delighted that Paul has agreed to bring his unique set of skills and talents to NAYA. We are lucky to have a leader of his caliber and we are all excited to work with him in advancing our mission and serving Portland’s Native community. We look forward to welcoming him in mid-October after he has completed his important work at CRITFC.
Ahéhee' (Thank you),
Eddie Sherman (Diné | Umóⁿ'hoⁿ)
Board Chair, NAYA Family Center
To enhance the diverse strengths of our youth and families in partnership with the community through cultural identity and education.
Founded by the community, for the community, NAYA is a family of numerous tribes and voices who are rooted in sustaining tradition. We work to identify and provide intentional services that will guide our people in the direction of personal success and balance, empowering positive change and cultural wealth.