CARNELL CHOSA, Co-Director.  Carnell Chosa is from Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his Masters degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. After four years as a Planner for the New Mexico Office of Indian Affairs, Carnell assisted a friend to start a business that created educational programs for Indian Elders across the country. He co-founded and co-directs The Leadership Institute and the Summer Policy Academy, projects housed at the Santa Fe Indian School. He was recently at the Chamiza Foundation as a Fellow under the First Nations LEAD program. He was a founding board member of the Walatowa Charter High School in Jemez Pueblo and currently serves on the board of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, Chamiza Foundation, as an Advisory Member on the Native American Advised Fund at the Santa Fe Community Foundation and on the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship.



REGIS PECOS, Co-Director.  Regis Pecos is from Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico.  He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy at Princeton University, where he recently finished a term as Trustee for the University.  He is completing his doctorate degree at the University of California at Berkeley.  He served as both Lt. Governor and Governor and is a lifetime member of the Tribal Council at Cochiti Pueblo.  Regis served for 16 years as Executive Director of  the New Mexico Office of Indian Affairs under four administrations.  He is now Chief  of Staff to the New Mexico Speaker of the House and co-founded the Leadership  Institute.



DALENE CORIZ, Program Planner.  Dalene is from the Pueblo of Santo Domingo and is the Program Planner for the Leadership Institute. She is responsible for the development of the Summer Policy Academy Year Three Internship Program and planning of Community Institutes.  In addition, Dalene is developing a new project called Brave Girls, a girls empowerment program.   Dalene is a graduate of Native American Prep School and received her Bachelor’s degree from Creighton University in Native American Studies.  She is currently pursuing graduate school courses at the University of New Mexico and is enrolled in traditional Pueblo weaving classes.  Dalene just got a Siberian Husky. His name is Jasper.


Dr. ELIZABETH SUMIDA HUAMAN, Senior Researcher.  Elizabeth Sumida Huaman is of Wanka/Quechua and Japanese descent. As a social sciences researcher, she works on education and language policy, Indigenous community education and Native language issues with land-based peoples in the Americas. She also works closely with Indigenous communities on youth and educational community development in the U.S., Canada and Peru. She earned her undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Native American Studies from Dartmouth College, her Ed.M. from Harvard University, and Ed.D. in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a Principal Investigator on a U.S. Department of Education International Research and Studies Project and a Senior Fellow in Indigenous Education and Research with Phelps Stokes. At The Leadership Institute, she is a Senior Researcher and Faculty with the Summer Policy Academy Year II.

Carmella Quam, Program Planner. Bio Coming Soon.