NCAI Leadership

NCAI members elect the organization’s Executive Committee - the NCAI President, 1st Vice President, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer. These are elected by the entire membership. The 12 Regional Vice Presidents are elected by their respective regions. All board members serve for two-year terms. The current President of NCAI is Brian Cladoosby (Swinomish Indian Tribal Community), serving in his second term.

President, Brian Cladoosby

NCAI President,
Brian Cladoosby

Brian Cladoosby serves as the 21st President of NCAI.  In October 2015 at NCAI’s 72nd Annual Convention he was elected to serve his second term as President of the organization. He is currently the President of the Association of Washington Tribes and has previously served as an Area Vice President on the NCAI Board. 

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Executive Committee

Members of NCAI's Executive Committee

The NCAI Executive Committee consists of the President, 1st Vice President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, and 12 regional Vice-Presidents, in addition to 12 Alternate Regional VPs.

At the 72nd Annual Convention held in San Diego, California NCAI elected the members of the 2015–2016 NCAI Executive Committee.

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Executive Director, Jacqueline Pata

NCAI Executive Director, Jacqueline Pata     

Jacqueline Pata has served as Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians since 2001. She is a member of the Raven/Sockeye Clan of the Tlingit Tribe (pronounced – Kling-get) and a member of the Central Council of the Tlingit-Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. Mrs. Pata served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) during the Clinton Administration.

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Past Leadership

The past and current NCAI leadership and membership represent the prominent leaders and advocates who have helped shape the past and future of Indian Country.

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