Board of Directors

The First American Project is led by an unprecedented team of leaders from across Washington State, representing many diverse Tribal Nations and communities of color.

Built on the legacy and values of the multiracial leaders of the Pacific Northwest civil rights movements of the 1960s and 1970s, the First American Project is inspired by the grassroots activism, righteous leadership, and nonviolent multiracial political protests of such legendary leaders as Billy Frank Jr., Joe DeLaCruz, Ramona Bennett, and the “Four Amigos” civil rights alliance, which included El Centro de La Raza’s founder Roberto Maestas.

Fawn R. Sharp
President
Quinault Indian Tribe

Frances Charles
Chairwoman
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Thomas Wooten
Chairman
Samish Indian Nation

Tyson Johnston
Vice President
Quinault Indian Nation

Larry Ralston
Treasurer
Quinault Indian Nation

 Willie Frank III
Councilman
Nisqually Indian Tribe

John Daniels Jr.
Councilman
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Janet Nicholson
Councilwoman
Colville Tribes

Ramona Bennett
Former Chairwoman
Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Theresea Sheldon
Former Councilwoman
Tulalip Tribes

 Estela Ortega
Ex-officio

Larry Gossett
Councilman
King County Council