Executive Board

NCAI Executive Board

Fawn Sharp
President, NCAI
President, Quinault Nation

NCAI President,
Fawn Sharp

Fawn R. Sharp serves as the 23rd President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native tribal government organization in the country. President Sharp was elected on October 24, 2019 at NCAI’s 76th Annual Convention & Marketplace to serve as the third woman to hold the position of NCAI President.

President Sharp is the current Vice President of the Quinault Indian Nation in Taholah, Washington. Her past positions included President, managing attorney and lead counsel; and staff attorney for the Quinault Indian Nation, administrative law judge for the Washington state Department of Revenue – Tax Appeals Division, Quinault Tribal Court Associate Judge, and Counsel for Phillips, Krause & Brown.

Ms. Sharp has held numerous leadership positions, including an appointment by Governor Gary Locke to serve as Trustee for Grays Harbor College, Governor of the Washington State Bar Association, Trustee of Washington State Bar Association – Indian Law Section, Vice President and Founding Member for the National Intertribal Tax Alliance, and Director/Secretary of the Quinault Nation Enterprises Board. Fawn has conducted lectures and publications all over the United States.

Ms. Sharp graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington at the age of 19. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington in 1995 and has subsequently received certificates from the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada, and from the International Human Rights Law at Oxford University.

Mark Macarro
1st Vice President, NCAI
Tribal Chairman, Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians

Mark Macarro

NCAI 1st Vice President,
Mark Macarro

Mark Macarro is the duly elected Tribal Chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians in southern California. Chairman Macarro was first elected to the Pechanga Tribal Council in 1992 and is currently serving in his 27th consecutive year as Tribal Chairman.

Throughout his tenure, Macarro's vision for Pechanga has been to see the Band strengthen its political self-determination and economic self-sufficiency while maintaining its distinct and unique cultural identity.

He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Mark is married to Holly Cook Macarro (Red Lake Band of Ojibwe) and is the proud father of four children.

Aaron Payment
Recording Secretary, NCAI
Chairman, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

1st Vice President,
Aaron Payment     

Chairperson Aaron Payment is serving in his second term as Chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. With 42,000 members, his Tribe is the largest east of the Mississippi. He has served as a Tribal Council Member, Vice-Chairperson, and is now in his second four-year term as Chairperson.

Chairperson Payment has been in tribal elective office for nearly 14 years. Prior to serving as Chairperson, he worked in higher education directly serving fellow Native Americans. He has also spent six summers coordinating the Michigan Anishnaabe Future Leaders youth training programs and 16 summers as a summer camp counselor for Upward Bound, a TRiO program which served up to 40% Native Americans. For over twenty years, he has provided annual training on Tribal Sovereignty & Government-to-Government relations to future Michigan legislators (16 current serving) through the Michigan Political Leadership Program which is housed out of Michigan State University.

Chairperson Payment is a high school drop-out who earned a G.E.D., Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s degrees in Public Administration, Education Administration (higher education) and Education Specialist (K-12) and a doctorate in Educational Leadership. He believes in giving back and affording other Native Americans and disadvantaged people opportunities to overcome adversity and the impacts of past United States Federal policy of forced assimilation.

Over the last year, Chairperson Payment has joined the fight to STOP SEQUESTRATION by raising awareness at all levels. One approach has been through the “It’s a Trust Thing” campaign to remind Congress of the Federal Trust Responsibility to uphold the obligations contained in the treaties between the United States Government and tribes which provide for “health, education and social welfare for as long as the winds blow, grass grows, and rivers flow”.

Chairperson Payment serves on the HHS Secretary Tribal Advisory Council, Health Research Advisory Counsel, Vice-President of M.A.S.T., and Vice-Chair of the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan.

Shannon Holsey
Treasurer, NCAI
Tribal President, Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians

Shannon Holsey

NCAI Treasurer,
Shannon Holsey

Shannon Holsey serves as president of the Stockbridge-Munsee band of Mohican Indians.

Holsey has served three terms as President, following eight years as a member of the Tribal Council. Holsey grew up on the Stockbridge-Munsee reservation in Bowler, Wisconsin, and has committed the Tribe to serving as good stewards of its economic, environmental and culture as well as intellectual resources.

Holsey also serves as president of the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, which represents eleven-member tribes with a land base of about 1 million acres spanning 45 counties.  She is appointed as the Wisconsin State Legislature’s Special Committee on State-Tribal Relations. NCAI Treasurer, NCAI area vice president, MAST Secretary, INMED Advisory Council, CMA Tribal Technical Advisory Group, NCAI Sub Committee member of land management, Co-chair of NCAI Violence Against Women’s Act Task force, Wisconsin’s MMIW Task Force, Governor Appointed Student Debt Relief Task Force National Council on Aging committee member, Region 5 EPA RTOC member.

Holsey’s personal philosophy on leadership recognizes that Native Americans are growing economies, preparing students to succeed, delivering high-quality health care, protecting the environment, upholding tribal sovereignty, and solving the unique challenges facing our tribal communities. Holsey received her bachelor’s degree in business administration magna cum laude and master’s degrees in strategic leadership and communication from Seton Hall University with distinction.