Executive Director, Kevin J. Allis
About Mr. Allis
Kevin J. Allis, a tribal member of the Forest County Potawatomi Community, is the principal person for NACA on policies and issues impacting the participation of Alaska Native Corporations, Native Hawaiian Organizations, Native American Indian Tribes, and tribally-owned enterprises in the federal government marketplace.
Kevin, as the Executive Director, establishes personal contact with the White House, members of Congress, congressional staff, key federal agencies, related associations, advocacy groups and the national media. He maintains these close relationships to ensure that NACA members are informed on any changes, or proposed changes to the SBA 8(a) program, and related congressional and Administration policies, as they affect NACA members.
Kevin also serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Potawatomi Business Development Corporation. In that role, Kevin has played a significant role in diversifying his Tribe's asset base and increasing the overall wealth of the Tribe, which has included investments in tribally owned federal contractors. Prior to joining NACA, Kevin was an attorney with the Washington D.C. based law firm of PilieroMazza PLLC; a nationally recognized law firm that provides superior legal advice to Alaska Native Corporations, Native Hawaiian Organizations, and tribal entities participating in the SBA 8(a) program. Kevin provided sound legal advice to tribal entities in the areas of labor and employment and litigation. Kevin comes from a family with a history of tribal leadership, and a passion for enhancing the lives of Native communities. Both his grandfather and great-grandfather served as Chairman for the Forest County Potawatomi Community.
Legislative Director, Dennis Worden
About Mr. Worden
Dennis Worden is the legislative director for the Native American Contractors Association (NACA). He is a member of the Coeur d’ Alene Tribe. As legislative director for NACA, he is responsible for advancing NACA’s mission and priorities on Capitol Hill. Dennis is responsible for advocacy of the Native 8(a) program, and responsible for monitoring legislative developments pertaining to the program.
After graduating from the University of Oregon, Dennis worked within the U.S. House of Representatives as the Mark O. Hatfield Fellow. After his fellowship Dennis remained in the House serving as a Legislative Assistant, advising his office on issues including science and technology, agriculture and Tribal issues.
Dennis joined NACA after advocating for improved health care for American Indians and Alaska Natives at the National Indian Health Board. In 2011 he received the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development “40 Under 40.”
Legislative Assistant, Lōpaka Baptiste
About Mr. Baptiste
Lōpaka Baptiste is the Legislative Assistant at the Native American Contractors Association (NACA). He is responsible for working with the Executive Director and the Legislative Director in devising and executing a legislative advocacy plan to advance NACA's priorities on Capitol Hill.
Prior to joining NACA, Lōpaka worked for nearly seven years in the office of former U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka, the first and only Native Hawaiian to serve in the Senate chamber. As Senator Akaka's Senior Legislative Assistant, Lōpaka advised the Senator on issues related to education, arts and humanities, and Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native and American Indian Issues. He was also Senator Akaka's liaison to the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
Lōpaka is a Native Hawaiian from Nanakuli, Hawai'i. He is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools, a preparatory school in Honolulu for Native Hawaiians, and holds a Bachelor's degree from Iowa State University.
External Affairs Coordinator, Ricki McCarroll
About Ms. McCarroll
Ricki McCarroll is the External Affairs Coordinator at the Native American Contractors Association (NACA). Working collectively with the Executive Director, legislative team, NACA membership and partners, Ricki works to maintain open lines of communication regarding NACA activities on and off Capitol Hill.
With a background in journalism and policy, Ricki worked at the National Indian Gaming Association on legislative initiatives, public affairs and tradeshow conferences. Transitioning to the communications field, Ricki worked at Spectrum, a health and science communications firm based in Washington, DC developing scientific communications plans for Fortune 500 companies and international trade associations.
Ricki is alumnae of California State University, Chico and sits on the national board of Alpha Pi Omega, the first Native American Sorority.