Will Serve as Community Liaison for Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
Centrum Board Chair, Leah Mitchell, announced today that Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Council Vice-Chair, Loni Greninger, has joined the Centrum Board in a newly established position of Community Board Liaison, beginning in January 2021. Greninger has helped advise Centrum on the development of its artist in residence program in recent years—specifically it’s Northwest Heritage Residency funded by the National Endowment for the Arts—and serves as one of the Tribe’s lead coordinators on education, art, and culture.
“We could not be more pleased to welcome Loni Greninger to our Board in this special role,” said Mitchell. “As a lifelong resident of this community, and advocate for Native education and community partnerships, she will be a vital and welcome voice on our Board.” Prior to this appointment, Centrum had seventeen members on its Board including representatives of Port Townsend, Seattle, Poulsbo, Arlington, and Olympia.; Ms. Greninger will be the eighteenth.
ABOUT LONI GRENINGER
Loni Grinnell-Greninger (“yúčciʔə”) was appointed to be the interim Tribal Vice Chair in January 2020. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University in 2012, and her Masters of Public Administration with an emphasis in Tribal Governance from The Evergreen State College in 2016.
Her professional experience includes four years of working with the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS) as an Office of Indian Policy Regional Manager, and then as a Statewide Tribal Liaison. Both positions led to help create systems and policy that increases access to state services for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Additionally, another role was to educate state workers in the government-to-government relationship that the State has with its Federally Recognized Tribes. In 2017, her Tribe called her home to serve her people as the Deputy Director of Social & Community Services. She continues to partner with the State and local governments in the overall work to benefit Washington’s Tribal Nations. She currently sits on the Governor’s Oversight Board for the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, is an Alternative Delegate to the Washington State DSHS Indian Policy Advisory Committee and participates in local workgroups to further education and resources between the State and Tribe. Loni also received her Klallam Language Certification, in June 2019, to bring the Klallam language back to Jamestown.