NCAI Executive Director Out after 18 Years

Jacqueline Pata

Published February 19, 2019

WASHINGTON — Today, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)’s Executive Director Jacqueline Pata announced her resignation with the organization after nearly 18 years of service.

“During Jackie’s tenure, NCAI grew substantially as an organization, forged partnerships within Indian Country and among outside allies, and achieved significant successes in our advocacy with Congress, the Executive Branch, and in the federal courts,” said NCAI President Jefferson Keel. “NCAI is appreciative of the leadership Jackie has shown in her stewardship of the organization, and we wish her well in her future endeavors,” continued President Keel.

Pata, who is the longest serving Executive Director of NCAI, has agreed to continue leading NCAI during its transition to its next Executive Director.

“After having time for thought and reflection, I have decided to resign from my role as NCAI Executive Director,” said Pata. “Serving NCAI and tribal nations has been one of the greatest honors of my life. I am proud of that service and know that I leave NCAI with a strong foundation for continued growth under new leadership.”

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