NCRP adds a new board member while saying goodbye to another

Written by: NCRP

Date: September 27, 2018

Donald M. Ragona of Native American Rights Fund was elected to NCRP’s board of directors yesterday, and Cynthia Renfro of Civis Consulting moved on after 9 years of service.

We’re excited to announce that yesterday, NCRP’s board elected Don Ragona as a new director.

“We are honored to have Don on the board,” said the Rev. Starsky Wilson, president and CEO of Deaconess Foundation, and chair of NCRP’s board. “His experience and leadership in promoting racial, economic and social equity will enrich NCRP’s continuing efforts to inspire donors and funders to ensure that our social justice movements have the resources to succeed.”

Cynthia Renfro, principal of Civis Consulting, concludes her service as a director this month, having served the maximum allowable nine years.

“We at NCRP are deeply grateful to Cynthia for sharing her passion, vision and wisdom for the past nine years. Her leadership helped strengthen NCRP as an advocate for philanthropy at its best,” said Aaron Dorfman, chief executive of NCRP. “I am excited to work with Don, whom I deeply admire. His fresh perspective will be invaluable as NCRP continues to advocate for the kind of philanthropy that prioritizes and empowers marginalized communities during these challenging times.”

Donald M. Ragona

In addition to serving as Director of Development and House Counsel at Native American Rights Fund, Don has also guest lectured on federal Indian law and Indian issues at various universities such as Brown University, University of Colorado and University of Arizona. He frequently speaks on estate planning, philanthropic and current issues in Indian country and their potential effects on Native nations at Native conferences such as those sponsored by the National Congress of American Indians, National Indian Gaming Association and Native Americans in Philanthropy. He is a member of the Matinecock tribe.

Continuing leadership

The board also re-elected Bill Dempsey, senior advisor at; Cristina Jiménez, co-founder and executive director of United We Dream Network, and NCPR board secretary; Vivek Malhotra, strategy and organizational development consultant, and NCRP board treasurer; Molly Schultz Hafid, associate director at TCC Group; and Rev. Wilson.

Jocelyn Sargent, executive director of The Hyams Foundation, replaces Renfro on the executive committee of the board.

Meet our board members!
View the complete list of NCRP’s board of directors.