In addition to our Executive Director and Board of Directors listed below, Tribal Link benefits from the wisdom of a group of Indigenous Advisers as well as from the support of regional focal points who mentor and assist Project Access alumni.
Pamela Kraft, Founder and Executive Director
Pamela Kraft founded Tribal Link Foundation in 1993 as a commitment to always be there to respond to indigenous peoples' needs.
Ms. Kraft has played an active role in the United Nations NGO community. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the NGO Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and has collaborated with numerous UN departments and agencies, including the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the United Nations Development Programme’s Equator Initiative, and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
In 2012, Ms. Kraft was awarded the Spirit of the UN award in honor of her dedication to advocating for indigenous peoples. The award is an acknowledgment of those individuals whose work is an expression of the core principles, spirit, and vision on which the United Nations was founded.
board of directors
Paul is the owner of Paul Adam Restorations, providing project management for the restoration of historic houses in Brownstone Brooklyn since 1996, as well as progressive management experience in all areas of facility operations and community-based organizations, with special skills in staff building, fiscal management and revitalization of policies and procedures. M.P.H., Health Policy and Management completed 1995 at Columbia University.
roberto borrero (taino)
An artist, historian, musician, writer, and advocate, Roberto “Mukaro” Borrero (Taino) offers a broad range of experience with particular expertise in Caribbean and other Indigenous Peoples issues. As a former radio host and producer for WBAI Pacifica Radio’s “Circle of Red Nations” and with over a decade of experience as a Senior Programs Coordinator for Public Programs in the Education Department of the American Museum of Natural History. A cultural consultant and advisor, Roberto has shared his expertise in various capacities within the United Nations system, as well as with non-profit and for-profit entities.
Alexandra is the principal designer and founder of Octave Studio, Inc., an interior design and architecture firm in New York and Los Angeles. Born and raised in New York, she now divides her time between the coasts, and spends her downtime in pursuit of metaphysical studies, film production, and fund raising for Tribal Link.
Steffen runs his own consulting firm, Landauer Partners, that focuses on leadership and talent development, prior to which he did similar work in the corporate world for 25 years. His interest in indigenous peoples developed through extensive travels across Africa, Asia, and South America, which brought him in close touch with many of these traditions and cultures. He has been supporting Tribal Link and involved in key projects for more than 20 years. He has a B.A. from Columbia College and lives in New York.
Dr. James Merewether
James is currently retired from operating a construction and electrical contracting business in which he was involved for the past 25 years. Prior to that he was an adjunct professor in mathematics and physics in several New York colleges including New York Institute of Technology, FIT, and most schools in the CUNY system. He has been involved in indigenous peoples issues since participating in the World Conference of Indigenous Peoples on Territories Environment and Development, the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, also known as the Earth Summit.
Michael Ventura is an accomplished entrepreneur and creative director. In 2005, Michael founded Sub Rosa, a multi-disciplinary studio that provides strategic, design, and implementation solutions. Sub Rosa’s clients include a variety of Fortune 500 companies, as well as some of the world’s most progressive start-ups. As CEO, Michael is responsible for setting and cultivating the organization’s vision, culture and growth. Michael has served as a board member and adviser to a variety of organizations including Behance, Burning Man Project, The Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Friends of +POOL, and now, Tribal Link Foundation. A dynamic writer and lecturer, Michael is frequently engaged as an adviser to entrepreneurs and leaders of some of the largest corporations across the globe. He is also an adjunct professor at Princeton University where he teaches design thinking and how to integrate empathy into the creative process. Outside of this work, Michael and his wife Caroline have co-founded the New York-based retail experience Calliope, as well as its adjoining gallery And&And. In his personal time, Michael is an active practitioner of eastern and indigenous medicine, often leading workshops on how to bring these powerful traditions into a modern life and workplace.