Board of Directors

First Nations Development Institute Board of Directors

First Nations Development Institute currently has a nine-member board of directors, all of whom are Native American. The board consists of a diverse representation of Indian Country, including different tribes, geographic areas, community and Native leaders, and business and professional representatives. First Nations does not have an advisory board, but has advisory committees with board participation that provide input on different programs. The board recommends and appoints new members. The executive committee consists of the chairman, president, treasurer, secretary and heads of the various committees.

Michael E. Roberts

Benny Shendo, Jr.

Marguerite Smith
Vice Chair

Shyla Sheppard

Susan Jenkins

Chandra Hampson

Gelvin Stevenson

Monica Nuvamsa




Former Board Members


Tom Vigil
Chairman Emeritus

In Memoriam

A. David Lester
In Memoriam

Susan White
In Memoriam



Office of Communications


July 25, 2014

White House and USDA to Honor Champions of Change for Agriculture

Native Arts Capacity Building Initiative

The goal of the Native Arts Capacity Building Initiative (NACBI) is to increase the organizational, managerial and programmatic capacity of Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs supporting the field of Native arts and artists

Advancing Positive Paths for Native American Boys & Young Men

The “Advancing Positive Paths for Native American Boys and Young Men” program is aimed at improving education and employment outcomes for middle school and high school Native boys and young men.

Training: "Building Native Communities: Financial Coaching with Families"

December 11-13, 2018
Denver, Colorado


Employment opportunties at First Nations Development Institute.  
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