Published January 11, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE – The Board of Directors of the Native American Professional Parent Resources (NAPPR) has selected Lorraine Edmo as the new executive director, the third administrator for the 35-year-old nonprofit.
Edmo (Shoshone-Bannock), who has more than 30 years’ experience working on behalf of American Indians and Alaska Natives in the nonprofit and federal sectors, succeeds Michael Rivera, who stepped down in May 2017. Edmo is the former the tribal deputy director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, a position she held for 10 years.
“Lorraine’s vast experience and knowledge of private and public programming both from the executive and board level brings a breadth of aptitude to NAPPR, an organization that provides educational and health care support services to so many Native American families in Albuquerque and tribal communities in Bernalillo, Cibola, Sandoval and Valencia counties,” NAPPR Board Chairwoman Elaine Nolan (Navajo) said.
Edmo has been director of the federally-chartered National Fund for Excellence in American Indian Education at the U.S. Department of the Interior. She has also served as executive director of the National Indian Education Association and the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC). In addition to leading educational organizations, she also worked as a Research & Policy Specialist at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Indian Education. Edmo has also served on the Board of Directors for AIGC, the National Indian Education Association, the Committee for Education Funding and the Washington Internship for Native Students. Edmo holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Journalism and Political Science from the University of Montana and a Master in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico.
NAPPR is an Albuquerque-based nonprofit dedicated to empower, educate and provide support services to build healthy Native American children and families. NAPPR has four key programs, including Early Head Start and Early Intervention, which provides educational and therapeutic support for children born with special needs, such as hearing or vision loss or birthed prematurely. NAPPR also has a dental support program, providing training and technical assistance to dental clinics that serve Native Americans in the Albuquerque Indian Health Service area, which includes Southern Colorado and El Paso, Texas. The organization grew from a tribal home visiting program, in-home counseling and support service to aid new mothers with basic infant care and health nutrition.
NAPPR was created in 1982 as a joint project between the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Southern Pueblos Agency and the New Mexico Department of Health to aid Native American families with infant care. The then-Native American Portage Project Replication only served southern Pueblos, relying on funding from its fiscal agent, the Southern Pueblos Agency. After another name change and a change in fiscal sponsors, the Native American Professional Parent Resource incorporated as a 501(c)3 in 1996. The national award-winning organization now has more than 50 full-time employees and several contractors, and has an annual budget of more than $8 million. NAPPR’s accolades include the 2016 Local Impact Award from the National Indian Health Board and the 2017 New Mexico Task Force on Work Life Balance Family Friendly Business for Being a Family-Friendly Business.
The organization recently celebrated its 35-year anniversary with an employee appreciation luncheon, a tribute to Jane Larson, NAPPR’s first executive director, and an introduction Edmo. NAPPR also announced details of its newly-expanded Early Head Start Center, a child development center for children ages 12 months to 36 months. The new center will open January 10.