NDN Collective is the most ambitious, systemic effort to empower Indigenous communities in the history of philanthropy.
Nicole Yanes (she/her), Director of Grantmaking, is Opata from Nogales along the Arizona-Sonora/U.S.-Mexico border. Yanes supports NDN Grant Programs and the NDN Changemakers Fellowship and NDN Prize. Yanes brings over 10 years of experience in community organizing, nation building and advocating for the rights of Indigenous Peoples at tribal, national and international arenas. Yanes has been working with Indigenous non-profit organizations for 10 years and has founded Indigenous-led organizations and a food cooperative to support and revitalize Indigenous food systems.
Nicole graduated from Arizona State University with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree with concentrations in American Indian Studies and Non-Profit Organization Management & Leadership. In 2019 Nicole received the Distinguished Alumi Award from the ASU’s American Indian Studies Department. Yanes is a farmer and gatherer and is committed to continue building sustainable Nations and communities for all