Staff, Board & Steering Committee

#WarriorUp

Meet The Team

Together we #WarriorUp with love for our people and our homelands.

Kendra Kloster

Tlingit

Kendra Kloster – Tlingit, Executive Director
kendra@nativepeoplesaction.org

Kendra Kloster, Tlingit, was born in Wrangell, Alaska and spent most of her childhood in Juneau, Alaska. Her maternal grandparents, Christine Jenkins and the late Charles Jenkins, are both from Wrangell, Alaska. Her paternal grandparents are the late Madeline and Albert Kloster. Kendra’s parents are Shelley Jenkins from Wrangell, Alaska and Earl Kloster from Yakima, Washington. Kendra is a mother and community activist. “My ambition and strength to make positive changes comes from the support and encouragement form my family and community. I want to ensure my daughter and her peers will have the ability to grow up in a safe and loving environment in Alaska. I hope our future generations will be accepted for who they are and have all the experiences of living off the land, fishing with their families and being part of a supportive community.” She obtained her undergraduate degree from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and her Masters Degree in Public Administration and Policy Analysis from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Kendra has previously worked in the Office of Senator Ted Stevens in Washington, D.C. and as a Legislative Assistant and Chief of Staff at the Alaska State Legislature.

Rochelle Adams

Gwich'in

Rochelle Adams – Gwich’in, Indigenous Engagement Director
rochelle@nativepeoplesaction.org

Rochelle Adams is from the Interior Alaskan villages of Beaver and Fort Yukon. Her parents are Angela Peter-Mayo of Fort Yukon and the late Cliff “Tuffy” Adams Jr. of Beaver. Her maternal grandparents are Susan (Lord) and Johnny Peter Sr. Her paternal grandparents are Hannah “Babe” (VanHatten) and Cliff Adams Sr. She was raised living a traditional Athabascan lifestyle with her family following the seasonal cycles of hunting, fishing and trapping off of the Yukon River. These are the values and connections that guide her today and she proudly represents this in all parts of her life and work. She is the mother of three teens, which she is raising with these same values of connectedness, love and respect. Through her many roles and actions, Rochelle has continuously sought to bring her perspective as an Indigenous woman with cultural knowledge, born of the lands and waters, training from the elders with a vision of the future generations to empower Native people everywhere. “It’s important that we as Indigenous people are able to shape the world that we live in to ensure the well being of our people on our own traditional homelands and in our own languages.”

Jackie Arnaciar Boyer

Cup'ig

Jackie Arnaciar Boyer – Cup’ig, Deputy Director
arnaciar@nativepeoplesaction.org 

Jackie Boyer, Cup’ig, has roots from the Native Village of Mekoryuk located on Nunivak Island in the Bering Sea. She now lives in Anchorage with her yuliaq, adopted teenage daughter. Her maternal grandparents are Clarence Kolerok and Laura Kolerok. Her Cup’ig name, Arnaciar, was given to her by her aana; she is her namesake. Jackie previously worked in Juneau as a Legislative Aide for rural and urban Senators and Representatives; it is there that her love and passion for public policy and the advancement of Indigenous leadership in those roles emerged – she believes the work NPA does is crucial to ensuring that advancement continues and thrives. Jackie received her undergraduate in Criminal Justice from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Administration. In her free time, she enjoys crafting with seal skin and quills, hunting, fishing, and teaching her yuliaq traditional ways of life.  

Fisheries Advocacy & Decision-making Positions

Elizabeth Ahkivgak

Iñupiaq

Elizabeth Ahkivgak – Iñupiaq, Accounting & Office Specialist
elizabeth@nativepeoplesaction.org

Elizabeth Aqpaluk Ahkivgak, Inupiaq, was raised in a whaling crew family in Utqiagvik, Alaska. Her parents are Ethel Ahkivgak and Fernando Ortega. Her maternal grandparents are Jennie (Ekolook) and Herbert Ahkivgak. She also pays respect to her foster parents Rosie and Eben Hopson Jr for their lifelong mentorship. She now lives in Anchorage, Alaska pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Energy and Sustainability Policy from Pennsylvania State University. Elizabeth has explored public, private, and non-profit sectors, adding to her toolkit with each opportunity focusing on Alaska Native issues. Her experience includes working for Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, serving as an Al Adams Young Political Leader Fellow in the Washington, D.C. Office of U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan, and as a legislative aide to Representative John Lincoln in the Alaska State Legislature. She finds inspiration from her foster parents’ commitment to public health, to continue delivering the same sentiment of humanity through volunteering. Elizabeth’s childhood experiences in the foster care system motivates her to break the cycle and live healthy so other Alaska Natives can too. Aqpaluk enjoys hiking, fishing, gathering, Alaska Native traditional practice, the Iñupiaq language, and life-long learning.

Angela Kayiraiya Jenkins

Yup'ik & Koyukon

Angela Jenkins, Communications Manager
angela@nativepeoplesaction.org

Angela Kayiraiya Benedict Jenkins, Yup’ik and Koyukon, is from Emmonak, Alaska. Her parents are Josephine Benedict and Dario Notti. Her maternal grandparents are Elizabeth Benedict and the late Cornelius Augustine Benedict from Emmonak. Her paternal grandparents are Fred Notti of Galena and Joan Notti. Angela has one child, Addison Akalleq Martin. Angela and Addison enjoy gardening, gathering, and playing out with their dog Tekona. Angela is passionate about communications work and handing the mic to our people. She truly believes there is power in our voices and knowledge.

Board and steering committee revisions coming soon!

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