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Traci L. Morris 
Director, AIPI 
(480) 965-9005
T.Morris@asu.edu

Dr. Morris, the Director of the American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University is a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. Under her leadership, the AIPI has grown and diversified its service to Indian Country via an MOU formalizing a long-standing  partnership with the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) and forming the Tribal Economic Leadership Program offering training in Tribal Economic Governance and Tribal Financial Management; access to Entrepreneurship training and tribal business support through Inno-Nations; and  Economic Development Consulting; and, the formalization of the Institute via by-laws and an advisory board comprised of both internal ASU leadership and external tribal and non-tribal leadership.

In her work at both ASU and prior, Morris has worked with Native American tribes; Tribal businesses; Native American non-profits; Native media makers, artists, and galleries; written a college-accredited curriculum in Native American new media; and has advocated for digital inclusion at the Federal Communications Commission and on Capitol Hill.

Morris’s research and publications on Native American media and the digital divide is focused on Internet use, digital inclusion, network neutrality, digital and new media curriculums, digital inclusion and development of broadband networks in Indian Country. Her book, Native American Voices: A Reader, continues to be a primary teaching tool in colleges throughout the country.

Dr. Morris is Affiliated Faculty at ASU's School for the Future of Innovation in Society, an Affiliate of ASU's Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, a Public Policy Fellow at ASU's School of Public Affairs,  a Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, President of the Board of the Phoenix Indian Center, Board member of the Arizona American Indian Chamber of Commerce, and on the Advisory Council of the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums.  Formerly, Morris served member of the Advisory Board for the Department of Labor's Native American Employment and Training Council and served a two-year appointment (2014-2016 and 2010-2012) on the Federal Communications Commission's Consumer Advisory Committee.

As an entrepreneur prior to her ASU appointment, Morris founded Homahota Consulting LLC, a national Native American woman-owned professional services firm working in policy analysis, telecommunications, education, and research assisting tribes in their nation-building efforts and working with Native Nations, tribal businesses and those businesses working with tribes. 

Morris has an M. A. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona’s American Indian Studies, in addition to a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Colorado State University.

Pamela Lane
Business Operations Specialist Sr., AIPI
(480) 965-3984
Pamela.lane@asu.edu

Pamela Lane is the Business Operations Specialist for the American Indian Policy Institute. In her role as BOS, she is responsible for all AIPI Busines operations, personnel, and financial administrative activity. Pamela has fifteen years of higher education experience including ASU Purchasing, the Hispanic Research Center, Housing, and Student life. Pamela is an ASU alumna and has an M.A. from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in Liberal Studies and an undergraduate degree in Business Management/Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is community oriented and enjoys the responsibilities of being an administrator at the American Indian Policy Institute. An Arizona native, Pamela lives in Laveen, Arizona with her husband Kent and son Christopher.  

JoAnn di Filippo
Grant Writer, AIPI
(520) 982-4065

JoAnn di Filippo currently serves as a Grant Writer for AIPI and formerly served as the Research Advancement Administrator.  During the past 20 years, di Filippo has worked with American Indian tribes as a business and finance consultant and most recently held the position of Executive Director for the Tohono O’odham Ki:Ki Association (housing authority) located in Sells, Arizona.

Since 2002, di Filippo owned and operated JD & Associates, an Arizona-based consulting firm, responsible for securing over $42 million dollars for federally sponsored projects from the U.S. Departments of Justice/Community Capacity Development Office, Education, Health, HUD, Environmental Protection Agency, and Labor/Employment Training & Administration for community non-profits, Arizona border communities, tribal governments, and K-12 and institutions of higher education.

Prior to consulting, di Filippo served as an instructor at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona teaching American Indian Studies courses and grantwriting.  While employed at the University of Arizona, she conducted workshops for graduate students and faculty in grantwriting and human subjects protections.

di Filippo holds a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Comparative Cultural & Literary Studies, Federal Indian Law & Policy, with minors in Anthropology and Media Arts.  Recently, she completed course work for a M.S. in Addiction Disorders from Grand Canyon University.

Brian Howard
Research & Policy Analyst
brian.howard.1@asu.edu

Brian Howard is a Research & Policy Analyst with the American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI) at Arizona State University. Prior to joining the AIPI team in November 2016, Brian served over five years as a Legislative Associate with the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, DC. Working on behalf of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments, Brian’s work included developing and advocating tribal policy initiatives in Congress and the Administration on issues such as Telecommunications, Government Contracting, and Cultural Protections (Sacred Places, Eagle Feather/Eagle Protections, NAGPRA, and Mascot issues). Brian’s work experience has included numerous D.C.-based research and policy internships, as well as with the New Mexico House of Representatives and the Gila River Indian Community Council’s Office.

Brian graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2009 with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Native American Studies focusing on Federal Indian Law and Policy with a minor in Political Science. He is Akimel O’odham, Tohono O’odham, and Pi-Pash, and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Community where he grew up in the Komatke District.

Sharon Torres
Program Coordinator Senior
sharon.torres@asu.edu

As Program Coordinator Sr., Sharon supports the events and programs of the American Indian Policy Institute.

Prior to AIPI, Sharon had served in various capacities within higher education since 2001. At ASU, she was Coordinator for Project Humanities, Student and Cultural Engagement, and the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, wherein she was responsible for planning and implementing programs and for creating new initiatives and partnerships in programming and outreach.

Prior to ASU, Sharon had worked at Western Connecticut State University, Temple University, and Princeton University. Her area of interest and practice was always focused on student leadership and development, receiving accolades from the Association of College Unions International and her alma mater for her work in enriching student engagement.

Sharon earned her B.A. in Media Arts from Western Connecticut State University and is pursuing her M.Ed. in Education Technology at ASU. Her research focuses on the academic and social value of culturally relevant teaching in both formal and informal education.

 

Mikhail Sundust
Policy Assistant
msundust@asu.edu

Mikhail Sundust is Otham and Pee Posh from the Gila River Indian Community. As a policy assistant, he supports the American Indian Policy Institute's mission of engaging Native nations, building community partnerships, and inspiring future leaders. As a student, he is grateful for the opportunity to learn about social science research in Indian Country, which will be used to strengthen tribal sovereignty and enhance the quality of life for indigenous citizens. 

Mikhail is a graduate student in the Master of Public Affairs program and is on track to graduate in May 2019. He worked previously for the Town of Gilbert as an intern in the Town Manager's Office, where he conducted internal research to support management decisions regarding mission direction. Before that, he worked as a journalist for five years with the Gila River Indian News.

Eddie F. Brown (Retired)
Emeritus Executive Director of AIPI Professor & retired professor of American Indian Studies

Dr. Eddie F. Brown has a unique administrative background in that he has worked at the highest administrative levels with federal, state, and tribal governments. He is the former Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, United States Department of Interior, Washington, DC (1988-1993). Served as Associate Dean and the Director of the Center for American Indian Studies at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri (1996- 2004); Executive Director of the Department of Human Services, Tohono O'odham Nation (1993-1996); Director of Arizona Department of Economic Security (1987-1989); and Chief of the Division of Social Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Washington, D.C. (1984-1986). Dr. Brown is the former Director of American Indian Studies and former Co-Executive Director of the American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University and serves as a member of the U.S. President's Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Brown has directed a variety of research and demonstration projects related to the impact of welfare reform on American Indian families and children, mental health assessment of American Indian youth, diabetes prevention in tribal communities, Title IV- E state/tribal agreements, and state ICWA compliance issues, and is nationally recognized for his knowledge and skills in working with tribal governments and community programs.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree (1970) from Brigham Young University and his Masters (1972) and Doctorate (1975) in Social Work from the University of Utah.  He is an enrolled member of the Pascua Yaqui Indian Tribe and affiliated with the Tohono O’odham Nation.