Today, the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation is thrilled to welcome Tunté Vigil (Tesuque Pueblo/Rosebud Lakota) as its new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Vigil brings a variety of experience from education, management, business development and tribal gaming. Her passion for Native youth and communities shines through in all her work and volunteerism and will help strengthen and advance the mission of the NB3 Foundation.

“The board of directors has taken its time and been very intentional to fill this position with a qualified and equally passionate leader to take the organization even further as a national leader in Native youth health. Tunté’s proven results in strengthening tribal communities, building relationships and strategic thinking make her an excellent fit for the organization,” said Notah Begay III, founder.

As President and CEO, Vigil will take the lead and be responsible for planning, implementation and management of the organization, ensuring commitment to the core values and serving as a leading advocate for Native youth health. Tunté joins the organization at a critical time as Native communities work to reclaim their systems of health.

“I am pleased and excited with the board’s decision to bring on an experienced, Native-woman professional to lead our team. Tunté brings a depth of knowledge, passion and lived experience that will strengthen our team and ability to move the needle for Native youth and communities,” said Jon Driskell, COO and former acting president and CEO.

“I am humbled and honored for the unique opportunity to serve and strengthen the Native Youth programming at NB3 Foundation. I am excited to enhance the four core areas through traditional values and teachings; our children are sacred and our future leaders who will carry our culture, language and ways of life,” Vigil said. “I look forward to engaging with the talented staff, partners and collaborators, and especially with the youth! Thank you to the NB3 Foundation Board of Directors for having the confidence in me to contribute my leadership to such an amazing and impactful organization”.

Vigil is committed to serving Native people, especially the youth of all communities. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, participating in her both her Pueblo and Lakota cultures and living a healthy lifestyle.