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Listener Candidate for the KPFT Local Station Board
I'm a Native American award-winning filmmaker who runs a successful arts nonprofit called 14 Pews, located in the last wooden church in the Heights. I promote diversity and the arts. I believe my asset as a Board Member would be my contacts to the community through 14 Pews and my commitment to fundraising. I would be more than happy to donate my venue for a fundraising event and to help with promotions, marketing and any photography needs.
Answers to Candidate Questionnaire
1. What experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the local station board to advance the station's mission?
  Fundraising is my best trait.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  I appreciate the stations ability to change when faced with adversity. I appreciate the passion that so many people have to support KPFT during this time.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  I would help with its fundraising needs. I will let the people in charge do the programming, although I will always support diversity within its programming.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  Fundraising. Fundraising. Fundraising.
5. Sustainability is an important part of any nonprofit operation. What are your thoughts on how the board can help to improve the station's financial footing?
  I would first have to meet with the board to understand what their priorities are as a group and see how I can add. I do have a tendency to want to reach out to Community Leaders and get them involved to improve viewership/audience --
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I studied Tribal Law and worked at the Navajo Nation Supreme Court, EPA for Energy Development on Tribal Land and a small Tribal Law Firm in Berkeley, CA. I have am registered with my tribe - Sault Ste Marie, MI Ojibwe. I put family first, and the tribe is my family. For KPFT, I believe putting diversity first because it is my belief that diversity helps with sustainability and success of any organization.
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