Join us on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Odyssey Restaurant, Granada Hills, California, to celebrate the 15th Annual Night with the Stars Gala in support of our scholarships and programming. The gala will be filled with sponsor reception, dinner, entertainment, and silent auctions.
Pukúu was established with the goal of creating and investing in programs that bridge and improve opportunities for Native Americans in our communities. Now, forty-seven years from its inception, Pukúu remains faithful in its mission by continuing to increase programs and services offered to Native Americans in Los Angeles County.
Support from our community is vital to our organization and allows us to achieve our goals each year. We rely on the donations of individuals, businesses, and organizations to serve every demographic within our communities. Your contribution would aid in providing scholarships to Native American students aiming to achieve higher education, as well as assist in the enrichment of Pukúu’s core programs.
Chrissie Castro is a citizen of the Navajo Nation, and a social justice consultant working on national and international issues of equity for all peoples, including the self-determination of American Indian/Alaska Native communities. Currently, she serves as the network weaver of the Native Voice Network, a collaborative network of Native American families and organizations that mobilize through indigenous cultural values to inspire positive change in Native communities. Castro also serves as a senior consultant for the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), a national organization that helps states, cities and neighborhoods improve results for children, youth and families. She currently serves as the chairperson of the Los Angeles City-County Native American Indian Commission, which promotes the development of programs and funding resources to serve urban American Indians and American Indian organizations. Castro is also a personal and executive coach and will earn her certification with the International Coach Federation in May 2016.
Board Officer, Pechanga Development Corporation
Andrew Masiel has devoted more than 25 years of his life to serving California tribal governments, accumulating extensive experience in tribal economic development and financing for tribal government projects. Mr. Masiel was first elected to the Pechanga Tribal Council in 1982 and served until 1986. He than served on the council from 1996 – 2000. In February 2009, Mr. Masiel was elected to the Pechanga Tribal Council in a Special Election.
Mr. Masiel has worked as Tribal Administrator to the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, the Pauma Band of Mission Indians, and the Pechanga Tribe. Andrew has also served as Business Manager of the Pala Indian Tribe, and Planning Director for the Reservation Transportation Authority (RTA), a consortium of 22 Southern California Tribes.
In 1998, Mr. Masiel co-founded and chaired the first Native American Caucus for the California State Democratic Party, the only organization of its kind in the nation. Andrew serves as the ad hoc chair of the caucus, and is a member of the California State Democratic Party Executive Board Finance Committee.
Jacque Nunez, a member of the Acjachemen Nation has made a successful career out of sharing her Acjachemen ancestor’s story. She prides herself on preserving and passing her culture along through the oral Native American tradition of storytelling. While attending college at USC, she traveled across the country competing on the National Collegiate Speech Circuit and American Forensic League. Throughout her career she has received several esteemed awards, Lois Wright Memorial Award, Outstanding Service Award – Mayor Tom Bradley, Five Jewel Award for Outstanding Achievement, Outstanding Tribal Community Contribution Award and Most Outstanding Teacher Award. Jacque has also been given the opportunity to perform the National Anthem at both the unveiling of new United States Postal Stamps and the Angel’s Stadium. She has performed her Journeys to the Past on Stage for large venues such as Disneyland, Kavli Performing Arts Center and Special Arts Festival. While she continues storytelling at schools and large venues she recently taped and performed an original story on PBS Children’s Television Show. While creating her original story for PBS she was inspired to create a new series of children’s books.
Fivepoint is California’s premier community builder, developing innovative coastal communities that redefine sustainable living in the 21st century. FivePoint recognizes that communities should be more than places to live and work—they are places to learn, explore, thrive and connect. FivePoint’s Newhall Ranch will be a landmark master-planned community that will help meet the needs of Los Angeles County with 11.5 million square feet of new commercial space, 74,000 permanent jobs and 21,500 homes. Importantly, it will also set a new standard of environmental sustainability with comprehensive measures to conserve natural resources and an unprecedented commitment to net zero greenhouse gas emissions during construction and operation and net zero energy homes and buildings.