"It is crucial for corporations and tribes to create meaningful business partnerships. If we are to reinvest in our people and communities, we must work together hand in hand. Collectively, we can achieve great things.”
A nationally-recognized figure in Alaska Native and American Indian advocacy, Jackie Pata is the executive director of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). She has been a member of the Sealaska board of directors since 1999 and began serving as vice chair in June 2014. She also serves as the vice chair of the Compensation Committee, the Audit Committee and the Finance Committee. Furthermore, Pata is a director of Managed Business Solutions (MBS) and Sealaska Environmental Services, LLC, and serves on the Elders’ Settlement Trust board of trustees.
Pata has chaired the National American Indian Housing Council and is the former deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Native American Programs for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She was director of the Chilkoot Native Youth Culture Camp in Haines and as was director of the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority.
Pata is Tlingit of the Raven Tribe, and is Lukaax.ádi from the Sockeye House in Haines, Alaska. Her Tlingit name is Ku seen. She attended Utah State University, Snow College in Utah and the University of Alaska Southeast.