New Hatfield Fellow Announced
SPIRIT MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY FUND
ANNOUNCES SELECTION OF 2015/16 HATFIELD CONGRESSIONAL FELLOW
Spirit Mountain Community Fund (SMCF) is pleased to announce that Maria M. Givens has been selected to be the 2015/2016 Hatfield Fellow. Ms. Givens is a member of the Coeur D’ Alene Tribe located in Idaho. Maria is currently employed as a Legislative Assistant/Youth Outreach Coordinator for the National Indian Health Board in Washington, D.C.
Each year SMCF sponsors a Congressional Fellowship with a member of the Oregon delegation to enhance the mutual understanding between leadership in Washington, D.C. and Indian Country. Past fellows have served in a number of Senate and House congressional offices over the years to include the offices of; Ron Wyden, Gordon Smith, Kurt Schrader, Darlene Hooley, Earl Blumenauer, Greg Walden and most recently Peter DeFazio.
Ms. Givens will begin her Hatfield Fellowship in November 2015 with a month-long orientation with the American Political Science Association (APSA) in Washington, D.C. Following the APSA orientation, Ms. Givens will assume her congressional placement with Senator Jeff Merkley. Her work as a Hatfield Fellow will include crucial behind-the-scenes work necessary to pass important legislation.
Ms. Givens completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2013 at the University of Washington (UW) with a double major in Political Science and American Indian Studies. In 2014, Maria was intensely involved in Washington States’ “Denny Heck for Congress” campaign, as a field organizer in Central Pierce County. For generations Maria’s family has been deeply involved with her tribes’ leadership. Maria’s mother, Jeanne Givens, was the first Native woman elected to the Idaho State Legislature. Maria is a former winner of the Ethnic Cultural Center’s “Director’s Award” for her accomplishments while attending the University of Washington. Maria’s broad range of community service includes her volunteer work at the Chief Seattle Club, a center for Homeless Native people, and her work as a former Udall Congressional intern. Maria has been recognized on numerous occasions for her accomplishments in both the private and public sector and in Indian country.
The Hatfield Fellowship was created in 1998 to honor Senator Mark O. Hatfield’s public service to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Additional information about the Hatfield Fellowship program is available on the internet at http://www.thecommunityfund.com/hatfield-fellowship