Executive Director, Northwest Indian College Foundation
For the past six years Mr. Masten has had two primary roles at Northwest Indian College (NWIC). As the Executive Director of the NWIC Foundation, Mr. Masten oversees all activities that support fundraising efforts to support capital expansion of the college, student scholarships, and institutional support/endowments. As the NWIC Education Liaison, Mr. Masten is involved with several state and regional education initiatives. Prior to this position he was the Education Director for the Hoopa Valley Tribe for five years.
Mr. Masten has an extensive career focused on Native American Education ranging from ECE, K-12 to Higher Education. As a former President of the Tribal Education Department’s National Assembly, he was involved with program and policy initiatives at local, state and the national levels that tackled barriers of education for Native American students.
Additionally, Mr. Masten has been involved with several initiatives serving Native American communities including; Native American Language Credentialing initiatives, development of cultural curriculum, developed after school and college prep/bridge programs, Tribal job training program, opened the Hoopa Early Childhood Center and opened the KR Early College Charter High School.
Education and Professional Experience:
Mr. Masten has a B.A. in Native American Studies and a Master’s Degree in Education M.Ed. (Abd) with a specific focus on American Indian Education from Humboldt University.
Mr. Masten has served on the; Tribal Education Department’s National Assembly board as President, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Education Committee Co-Chair, University of Washington Native Advisory Board, California State Indian Education Directors Board, Humboldt State University Native Advisory Committee, Humboldt County P-16 Board, KT Indian Policies and Procedures Task Force.
Mr. Masten has been a guest speaker at; National Education Association Forum, the National Advisory Council on Indian Education Summit, the U.S. Department of Education American Indian Education Hearings, the National Congress of American Indians Education Summit, California Department of Education, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Education panel, presented at the National Indian Education Association Annual Conference, and was the keynote speaker at the California Indian Education Annual Conference.