NAYA executive director Paul Lumley sent the following statement to NAYA supporters last week announcing NAYA’s new Director of Community Development:
I am so pleased to announce that Oscar Arana will be NAYA’s next Director of Community Development. Oscar is a great friend of NAYA and of the Native community, bringing 10 years of experience overseeing education and economic development programs in culturally-specific nonprofit organizations here in Portland. Previously as NAYA’s Development and Communications Director, Oscar led the organization’s fundraising and communications strategies, and as Education Manager, Oscar worked closely with our families to set our youth up for success. He also worked for Oregon’s Senior US Senator Ron Wyden as his Multnomah County Field Director, and as the President of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber.
Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, Oscar was a television news producer in Central Washington and a print reporter for the Associated Press in Mexico City. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon’s Executive MBA program and Journalism School, a member of the UO Alumni Association Board and was appointed by Governor Brown to serve on the Oregon Health Policy Board.
Oscar begins his role on Tuesday, April 25, following the retirement of long-time NAYA Director of Community Development and leader Rey España. The department oversees small business technical assistance, community engagement, leadership development, housing, and other asset building and climate resilience programs. We are excited have Oscar’s leadership in these important programs to better serve our Native population.
Kw’aianuu shamash (I am thankful to you),
Paul Lumley, Yakama Tribe