Mikayla Costales

Resource Development Coordinator

Mikayla serves as a Resource Development Coordinator for First Nations, supporting the organization’s resource development team and fundraising efforts, while fostering relationships and sharing information with First Nations’ donors.

Mikayla came to First Nations in 2021 from her most recent position as an evaluator and consultant for practices in Indigenous methodologies for the Chapin Mesa Museum Renewal Project through the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. In this role and in her previous position as a graduate assistant, she traveled across the Southwest meeting with tribal representatives, members, and elders to strategize and develop a formal collaboration plan between the Mesa Verde National Park, the museum, and 26 tribes. Her work contributed to the development of an outline of topics that will be covered in the new Chapin Mesa Museum at Mesa Verde National Park.

Mikayla earned her Master of Science in museum studies from the University of Colorado-Boulder after completing her master’s thesis on “Decolonizing Theory and Praxis: Principles for Collaboration between Native American Communities and Government-Run Recreation Sites.” Mikayla also has a Bachelor of Science in anthropology from Eastern New Mexico University.