Alvin is a lifelong northern New Mexican, a member of Santa Clara Pueblo and a 30-year resident of the Española Valley. Prior to coming to the Foundation, he was a Program Officer of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, since 2013, responsible for an extensive portfolio of grants and program-related investments in New Mexico. These investments focused on improving the economic well-being of underserved youth, individuals and families through supporting successful employment pathways and workforce training approaches, policy and systems change to increase workers’ wages and benefits and expansion of entrepreneur’s access to technical assistance and affordable capital. Alvin also worked to support innovative teacher recruitment and professional development models, the establishment of full- and dual-language immersion schools and the transformation of educational systems.
Alvin has served as the cabinet secretary of Indian Affairs for the State of New Mexico, was the lieutenant governor of Santa Clara Pueblo, and principal/executive vice president of Blue Stone Strategy Group. Alvin is a graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Dartmouth College.