MENLO PARK, Calif. – Reuben Roqueñi will join The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as a program officer in the Performing Arts Program beginning September 2, the Foundation announced today.
Since 2010, Roqueñi has worked as program director at the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF), a national indigenous arts foundation based in Vancouver, Wash. In that position, he was responsible for program development and managing over 85 grants to individuals, organizations, and communities. The Native-led foundation supports innovative arts practices, cultural preservation, and capacity building in the indigenous arts sector.

“We support Reuben in taking this next career step and look forward to opportunities to work with him in the future,” said NACF President/CEO T. Lulani Arquette (Native Hawaiian). “He is a deeply valued and respected colleague and we’re grateful for all he has contributed as part of the team that successfully launched our organization.”

Previously, Roqueñi worked for five years as grants manager for the Tucson Pima Arts Council, representing Arizona’s second largest city (Tucson) and largest county (Pima). While there, he supervised a broad portfolio of grants—both for general operating support and individual projects—for more than eighty nonprofit arts organizations and hundreds of artists in the region.

At the Hewlett Foundation, Roqueñi will join the Performing Arts team to provide philanthropic support to arts organizations throughout the greater Bay Area. In this role, he will manage approximately 80 grants—simultaneously supporting and evaluating current grantees, while identifying new ones, to help the Performing Arts Program fulfill its strategic objectives.

“Reuben has valuable experience with community-based arts organizations,” said Program Director John E. McGuirk, “and keen insights about how to sustain and grow the ecosystem for artists and local nonprofits. He will be an asset for the Hewlett Foundation generally, and the Performing Arts Program specifically, as we continue to implement our strategic plan to enable individuals and communities to engage in the Bay Area’s robust and diverse arts scene.”

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The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation helps people build measurably better lives. The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, the environment, global development and population, performing arts, and philanthropy, and makes grants to support disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. A full list of all the Hewlett Foundation’s grants can be found here.


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