Dana Arviso returned to the University of Washington College of Education in August 2018, after spending the past decade working in the Native nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. She previously served as the Executive Director of Potlatch Fund, a Native American-led foundation, where she grew their grantmaking programs to include the Language Preservation, Native Student Success, and Healthy Pathways for Native Youth strategic initiatives.
She is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and grew up on the Bishop Paiute-Shoshone Indian Reservation in California. She earned her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento in Child Development and worked as an early childhood educator within the tribal family literacy program on the Bishop Paiute reservation.
Dana proudly commits herself to improving the lives of youth, families, and communities through education and working for social improvements within the fields of education and philanthropy. She brings a wide range of experiences in Native education, Native philanthropy, nonprofit capacity building, and cultivating community partnerships. Dana has served on the boards of Social Justice Fund Northwest, Native Americans in Philanthropy, American Indian Graduate Center, and 501 Commons.