Raymond Foxworth

Vice President - Grantmaking, Development & Communications
(Navajo)

Raymond Foxworth serves as vice president of grantmaking, development and communications, with responsibility for the organization's national grantmaking activities to Native nonprofits and tribal entitles, its fundraising activities, and all communications functions.  Previously he served as deputy director of development and senior program officer.

As a senior program officer, Raymond participated in a range of program and research projects involving managing the Native food systems initiative, family economic security and strengthening the nonprofit sector in Indian Country.  Moreover, as deputy director of development, Raymond was responsible for leading fundraising efforts with First Nations President Michael Roberts. 

Prior to joining First Nations, Raymond served as a project officer for the American Indian College Fund in Denver, Colorado, where he managed more than $19 million in projects that supported tribal colleges and universities across the U.S. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in political science, and in May 2015 received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Raymond is a citizen of the Navajo Nation, originally from Tuba City, Arizona. He serves on the Board of Directors of Native Public Media, located in Flagstaff, Arizona. 

In 2015, Raymond was selected as one of 12 outstanding leaders from Independent Sector’s member organizations for the 2015 American Express NGen Fellows Program. This selective fellowship program continues to build the next generation of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders as part of Independent Sector’s NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now initiative. He also was named to the 2015 class of “Native American 40 Under 40” award recipients by The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. This prestigious award is bestowed upon individuals under the age of 40, nominated by members of their communities, who have demonstrated leadership, initiative and dedication, and made significant contributions in business and their community. 

First Nations is a Native-run nonprofit that strengthens Native American communities and economies.
Our board consists of a diverse representation of Indian Country.

President
(Tlingit)

Michael Roberts returned to First Nations Development Institute in 2003, and was appointed president by the board in 2005. He previously had served as chief operating officer for the organization until 1997.

Read First Nations Chairman Thomas Vigil's letter from the 2015 annual report.

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