Jacqueline Pata is the Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians. She is a member of the Raven/Sockeye Clan of the Tlingit Tribe (pronounced – Kling-get) and is the 6th Vice President for the Central Council of the Tlingit-Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

She serves on a variety of national executive boards, including as Vice President for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Board Member for the George Gustave Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian. She is also the Vice Chair of Sealaska Corporation, an Alaska Native regional corporation. In her commitment to American Indian youth development, Pata sits on the Native American Advisory Council for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Prior to joining NCAI in June 2001, Pata served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Media appearances:

– MSNBC, Melissa Harris-Perry, Shutdown takes egregious toll on tribal lands

– MSNBC, Melissa Harris-Perry, Contextualizing the Indian Child Welfare Act

– MSNBC, Melissa Harris-Perry, Extending rights on Violence Against Women Act

– C-SPAN, 2013 State of Indian Nations Address

– C-SPAN, Washington Journal, Native American Issues

For interviews, contact Sarah Beccio at sbeccio@ncai.org, Nketia Agyeman at Nketia_Agyeman@ncai.org, or Simona Combi at simona@globalpolicysolutions.org.