Strengthening Native American Communities & Economies
Randy joined First Nations Development Institute as Senior Communications Officer in March 2012 after working as an external consultant to First Nations for several months. His career history includes numerous positions in corporate communications, public relations and marketing with major energy corporations and nonprofit organizations, including recent posts as vice president of marketing and communications for the American Humane Association, director of communications and brand management for Rocky Mountain PBS, and senior director of public education and communications for the American Indian College Fund.
Randy earned his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and further studied business management and marketing at Creighton University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is Accredited in Public Relations (APR designation) by the New York City-based Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). He is a former president of the Nebraska PRSA Chapter based in Omaha, and has been active more recently in the Colorado PRSA Chapter, serving as the chair of its ethics committee from 2010 to 2012.
Randy holds a lifelong interest in Native American issues and cultures, which likely began while growing up on the original Pawnee homelands in south-central Nebraska (Holdrege). His extra-curricular activities include drumming (both kit and hand-drumming), motorcycling, golfing, reading broadly, and, when he can fit it in, meditating.