Guiding the work of the Hopi Leadership Program



Program Manager

Sam, Hopi and Tewa, is Sahtowa/Pipwungwa (Tobacco Clan) from the Village of Tewa. Her greatest passion is to help guide the Hopi/Tewa community towards healthy individuals, families, and villages through engaging projects. She has been able to do this in working with the Hopi Health Care Center as a School Health Coordinator with the Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Center, with The Hopi Foundation as the Program Manager of the Natwani Coalition, as an educator at First Mesa Elementary School, and as a member of many community grassroots efforts. Sam is a NAU alumni with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and has 12 years of community-based education experience. In addition to working for her community, she loves trail running, helping at the family ranch, traveling to new places, coaching the little M2M runners, and growing with her 3 children, Latrell, Kierra, and Marques



Program Coordinator

Xavier, Hopi and Tewa, is from the Village of Kykotsmovi. His mother is Badger and Butterfly clan and his father is Deer and Flute clan. Xavier is a former Hopi Wellness Center fitness trainer and a former Hopi Cultural Center restaurant server. He also facilitates a fatherhood program called "Fatherhood Is Sacred, Motherhood Is Sacred," which is a program designed for Native parents who would like to enhance their parenting skills through Native principles. Xavier and his 8-year-old son both enjoy practicing Tae Kwan Do in their free time. They both hope to achieve the goal of a black belt someday.

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The Hopi Foundation


The Hopi Foundation exemplifies the Hopi teaching of "Itam naapyani" or doing the work ourselves. Established by local Hopis, we promote self sufficiency, proactive community participation in our own destiny, self reliance and local self determination.



Hopi Foundation Executive Director

Monica, Hopi, is a member of the Water Cloud Clan from the Village of Songoopavi. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona in 1997 and a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from the Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation in 2012. Monica currently serves as the Executive Director of The Hopi Foundation, whose work is to promote local philanthropy and community development. Her experience includes local community grant making, nonprofit and community capacity building, community leadership development, and community organizing. Monica’s early career experiences include developing and managing the Hopi Tribe’s Domestic Violence Program. She served both as an Advocate and Project Coordinator until she was appointed to serve in the role of the Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison for the Hopi Tribe to both state and federal governments. After serving nearly six years in the tribal government, her career moved toward higher education at The University of Arizona and tribal public policy training at The Morris K. Udall Foundation for Excellence in Environmental Studies and Public Policy. Monica has served on several nonprofit boards including Native Americans in Philanthropy, Native Public Media and the Arizona. Grantmakers Forum

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Please visit The Hopi Foundation's website for more information on it's other projects that aim to serve the Hopi & Tewa communities.