Tia Oros Peters has been active in community organizing, advocacy, and nonprofit development for over three decades. She is CEO of the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, which supports community-generated cultural revitalization, movement building, and Re-Indigenization strategies.
Tia is a recognized expert on the protection of Water as a sacred element for Indigenous Peoples’ cultural and spiritual sustainability, and on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a standard setting tool for Native Peoples’ organizing, empowerment, and self-determination. Through her water advocacy at the United Nations and national and regional organizing, she coined and defined the term “Aquacide” to describe the killing of the waters around the globe.
A member of Neighborhood Funder’s Group and Aspen Institute’s Philanthropy Forward 2019-2020 cohort focused on grassroots power building for social justice, Tia serves on the boards of directors of Proteus Fund; Tools and Tiaras; Grantmakers for Girls of Color Advisory Committee, and as President of Red Deer Center for Indigenous Thinking, Creating, and Being. Tia is also known as Méešaatsęhë’e – a name given by Chief Phillip Whiteman of the Northern Cheyenne Nation. She earned a BA in Law & Society and an MFA in Creative Writing.
Eli Bargas, Special Projects Ohlone/Yoeme/Apache/Cheyenne/Chicano
Eli Bargas started with Seventh Generation Fund as an intern in 2015 and has filled various roles for the organization before finding himself in his current position coordinating the events, materials and outreach that make up SGF’s Special Projects.
Outside of work, Eli is a multidisciplinary artist who is always looking to further his skillsets.
Kimberly Brown is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation Tribe of Oklahoma, born and raised in Humboldt County, CA. She has been honored to have worked in the Tribal Communities for the past 11 years and will continue to do so.
Kimberly is a proud mother and a grandmother. Her drive to learn and educate others on the importance of self-care lends to being a compassionate community member. In her spare time, she loves to go hiking, riding bikes, and kayaking.
Kim is excited in her journey at the Seventh Generation Fund and being able to continue working in our Tribal Communities.
Rosa Campos is descended from the Purepecha community established in Michoacan, Mexico with roots in East Los Angeles. Her journey led her to Humboldt County, where they pursued a degree in economics.
They have a deep interest in environmental economics, like exploring the intricate balance between economic systems and the environment. It is a field that they are passionate about, as it holds the key to sustainable, harmonious living.
Beyond their professional pursuits, they enjoy quality time with family and friends. They enjoy hiking, going to the gym, and take delight in expressing themselves through clothing and style.
Tyler Chalmers, Choctaw Nation, is a truly versatile member of the community. He enjoys working with the community because it gives him the opportunity to learn and understand new individuals, as well as gives him the opportunity to learn new skill sets. In his free time he enjoys photography, music, web design, and going on hikes with his three Pomeranian puppies; Axol, Ava, and Arrow. Tyler also enjoys spending time with friends and family, and going out and about, exploring new things.
Melissa Everett, Fiscal Branch – Grants Suppor
Melissa is a lifelong Californian born and raised in an agricultural Melissa Everett community in the Central Valley. The bulk of her professional experience has been in operations, however she has also worked as a bookkeeper and other various roles.
Melissa has resided in Humboldt for the past five years with her daughter. In her spare time when she is not working or spending time with her family, she enjoys going to the beach, watching films, fishing, and reading.
She is grateful to be supporting the work of Seventh Generation and appreciative of the opportunity to observe and expand her understanding of Native Communities.
Heather Freitas, Advancement Director Lusitanian descent
Heather Freitas began as an intern with Seventh Generation Fund in 2006 while attending Humboldt State University. Her interest in sacred site protection, environmental rights, and languages prompted her involvement with the organization and a year later she joined the staff. After achieving her Bachelors with a degree in Sociology, her role continued and progressed as the Advancement Manager.
Third-generation born in the “Americas”, Heather’s paternal family comes from the Açores. She grew up in the foothills to the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Calaveras County, California. The lasting historical impact and its enduring presence throughout the County’s landscape made an impression on Heather at an early age. In addition to environmental justice endeavors; she believes in the advancement of human rights and the right for self-determination.
Louis Gordon (Xicano/Purépecha) has been involved with the Seventh Generation Fund since 2011 and serves as Program Director. He is responsible for working directly with community groups to develop and submit proposals, and facilitates trainings on nonprofit board development, proposal writing, budgeting and strategic planning. A lifetime student of Indigenous histories and social movements, he is dedicated to working at the nexus of philanthropy and the modern Native movement for the empowerment of Indigenous Peoples. Louis currently serves as a Board Member for the Environmental Grantmakers Association and is also a musician, backpacker, hunter and outdoor enthusiast.
charles houston, Strategic Relations Coordinator Karuk
charles is Karuk from Ti’i. Carrying a diverse background in grassroots organizing/activism and non-profit work for over twenty years, he has worked in solidarity with Peoples With Culture in the Oakland Bay Area and California on issues of labor, youth education, racism, white supremacy, classism and patriarchy.
He is a proud father and quite happy to be back in the nonprofit world after “doing time” in the for-profit sector. charles’ hobbies and joys include long drives with no particular map or particular destination, mushroom hunting for food and teaching the earnest, futbol, being close to water, tacos, as well as writing and thinking about varying philosophies and ancient wisdoms to help construct anti-materialist worldviews. charles is very honored to be a part of the Seventh Generation Fund family and to work in conjunction with so many Indigenous relatives.
Sylvia has been active in environmental education and community work for many decades. She is part of our Advancement Team bringing many years’ of experience serving in marketing and administration. Raised in New England, she is fourth generation in the Americas from mixed descent. Helping people in inner-city communities was part of her early life, yet she was drawn to travel westward to connect with and learn from Indigenous Peoples. She studied at colleges in Massachusetts and California, finalizing her degree at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. During and following those years, she continued to travel, learning more about various peoples of the world. She is dedicated to serving Indigenous Peoples and building sustainable communities.
Inspired by Mother Earth, she loves spending time in nature, listening to the wind and nature spirits. She loves music, cooking and sharing food with others.
Rebecca Lewis, Fiscal Assistant, Controller Support
Rebecca Lewis has over seven cumulative years of experience in finance as a bookkeeper. She has also worked in some administrative assistance roles. She is excited to be a part of Seventh Generation Fund where she can witness the processes that assist programs of Indigenous protections and cultural preservation.
Rebecca has been a lifelong Californian and a Humboldt County resident for over twenty years. She came to Humboldt from the San Joaquin Valley where she was born and raised in a culturally diverse area. She has two grown children also in Humboldt. She has many hobbies and interests including knitting, crocheting, sewing, cooking and gardening. She loves to be outside in nature as much as possible to stay grounded and in touch with the living world.
Teresa McGinnis, Administrative Manager Yurok
Teresa McGinnis is an enrolled member of the Yurok Tribe, descendent of the Wiyot & Tolowa Nation, born and raised in Humboldt County, CA. Teresa has worked since the age of 16 learning different job positions while gaining multiple skills in the workforce. She is honored to have worked in the Tribal Communities since the age of 18, this helped her grow and succeed and become closer with her people.
Teresa is proud to be a parent of five and married to her best friend. She has an active role with her children’s schools, sports, and in the Native Community. In her spare time, Teresa creates art, jewelry, and crochets, which has led her to obtain her business license for her own online jewelry business. Further, she decided to attend NYIP for her photography certification in Professional Photography.
Teresa enjoys spending time with her family, eating and giving back to the community especially volunteering, hosting events and planning them. Teresa appreciates being a part of the Seventh Generation Fund and being able to help the Native Community.
Eileen Ragain is a member of the Yurok Tribe and a lifelong resident of Humboldt County. She is the mother of three; ages 32, 31, and 13. In her professional background, she has been a Security Officer, Certified Nursing Assistant and a receptionist for various places throughout Humboldt. Her path has brought her to the Seventh Generation Fund and she is honored to be given the opportunity to become part of such a phenomenal team. Eileen looks forward to gaining wisdom, knowledge, cultural enrichment, and practices that shape and inform the vitality of future generations. Thank you.
Michael Raigoza, Program Officer for Cultural Projects Nomlaki
Michael is California native as an enrolled member of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians who was born in Auburn, California and has lived all over the state. Spending time in Auburn, Grass Valley, San Diego, Huntington Beach, and Chico he is now happy to call Humboldt County home. Michael prides himself on having roots in Northern California and wants to help the native communities to thrive here and all over the world.
Michael graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies with emphasis in Renewable Energy and Conservation Ecology. He has worked for his tribe as a grant writer and is now excited to be grantmaking for other Indigenous communities with the Seventh Generation Fund.
In his spare time you can find Michael doing anything outdoors or active. Whether it’s walking his two dogs (Tycho and Wima), hiking, fishing, backpacking, snowboarding, or any sport with a ball.
Mima Salas, Program Associate for Thriving Women Diné/Xicana/Gabrieliño Kizh
Mima Salas is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation from her mother’s side and is Xicana descending from the San Gabrieliño Kizh Band of Mission Indians on her father’s side. Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona she is now living in the Humboldt area working on the Thriving Women Program as its Program Associate. She has an interest in community building that is centered on protection for Indigenous women and Two-Spirit peoples, youth advocacy, and storytelling as a way of healing. She has experience working with Native communities in Arizona while serving as a member of Morning Star Leaders Youth Council. She’s a proud older sister and hopes to pave new pathways for them and the rest of her family. Favorite pastimes include writing, running, hiking with family, and skateboarding.
Johnny Salazar was born and raised in Northeast Los Angeles and moved to Humboldt County in 2010 to pursue his degree in Social Work. He was able to join the Seventh Generation Fund team in 2014 as a Data Entry Intern.
Johnny’s passion for social justice is rooted in his uncle’s involvement as a revolutionary guerrilla fighter in the Salvadorian Civil War fighting for the betterment of the common people. Johnny hopes to continue the legacy of his uncle by engaging and assisting relatives across Turtle Island who fight for self-determination, environmental justice, and decolonization.
In his free time, Johnny likes to spend time with his dog Lady hiking, backpacking, and going to the beach. Other hobbies include: playing chess and doing mechanical work.
Ms. Woodworth serves as the Controller for Seventh Generation Fund and is responsible for recording and reporting all grant expenses, as well as providing technical assistance to SGF affiliates and projects as appropriate. She has a BA, Special Major New College, from San Jose State University.
Alice has 30 years of experience as a bookkeeper and manager of information services for businesses and nonprofit organizations, and has served as a development director, campaign treasurer, and library acquisitions manager. She is a grandmother, a fiber artist, an herb gardener, and currently serves on the board of directors for Democracy Unlimited of Humboldt County.