Potlatch Fund Staff

Amadeo Cruz Guiao, Filipino
Acting Program Director

Benefiting from her own journey of decolonization and supporting and guiding many on their own journeys, Amadeo believes in the incredible value of reconnecting to ancestral culture and finding power in community.

Amadeo has over 20 years experience supporting progressive organizations to effect transformative social change. Amadeo, which means "lover of God" is the Acting Program Director for the Capacity Building cohorts program. She specializes in heart-centered and culturally appropriate training facilitation, technical assistance, and organizational development strategies. Her intersectional, anti-oppression approach is informed by her lived experience as a queer, gender-nonconforming Filipino-American and child of immigrants. Amadeo has worked closely with nonprofit organizations, mission-driven businesses, and government in the US and the Philippines and is especially skilled in intercultural competence, equity, and inclusion. A visionary leader, Amadeo co-founded and managed for many years Zenyu Healing, a Seattle-based, multicultural organization that cultivates the holistic well-being and leadership of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Inquiring (LGBTQI) People of Color through meditation classes, wilderness excursions, and spiritual retreats. She consults for and sits on the board of the Tao Foundation for Culture and Arts, a grassroots project focused on cultural regeneration for indigenous communities in the Philippines. She holds a BA in Business Management from Western Washington University, an MBA in Nonprofit Management and MA in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University. Amadeo was raised in the Pacific Northwest, she loves to spend her time hiking and camping, playing guitar and singing, and traveling.

Damara Jacobs-Morris, Squamish
Development and Communications Manager

Philanthropy as translated from its Greek origin and history means, love of humanity. Damara truly believes that through philanthropy and education we can achieve positive and meaningful social change.

Damara carries the Ancestral names Cha7awtenaat iy Siyamiya. She is proud of her Skwxw7mesh (Squamish) and African American ancestry. She was born and raised in the villages of Xwemelchstn and Esla7han (Capilano and Mission Indian Reserves) located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Damara grew up surrounded by educators and artists, an aspect of her identity that lead her to choose a career in creative fields. She received a B.A. in Communications from Simon Fraser University and a M.A. with honors in Art and Visual Culture Education from the University of Arizona. Her academic background reflects her two passions: people and art. Damara is passionate and dedicated to community-building, cross-cultural dialogue and civic engagement. She is honored to be a part of the Potlatch Fund and looks forward to contributing to the exceptional work being done within Native communities.

Lawrence Leake
Managing Director

The excitement of our grantees is a vivid indicator of what personal empowerment brings to community.

Lawrence has served Potlatch Fund for 13 years in various roles. He holds a Master in Teaching degree (Seattle University), a Bachelor of Arts degree in History (University of California Santa Barbara), and extensive experience in a myriad of settings. Before joining Potlatch Fund he spent 10 years in Japan, beginning with a four-year stint in the sales and marketing department of Amita Machines. He was also Managing Director of Overseaz (sic) English Academy, in Toyohashi, Japan. Lawrence returned to Seattle with his three children in 2005 and joined Potlatch Fund in March 2006.

Mary Kummer, Makah
Office Manager

Mary is witness to the success and collaborative atmosphere between Native urban, reservation and rural perspectives that demonstrate sustainability by positioning ourselves for opportunities, inviting people and forming relationships that create workable strategies that influence change.

Mary is the Office Manager at Potlatch Fund. She has explored a creative mix of work experience and leveraged the teachings from her more than two decades of work with Tribal, federal, and private entities that has taught her the importance of relationships as strategic and truly supportive workplaces. No matter where Native people live - on or off reservation, whether a federally or non-federally recognized individual, we talk and address change through adaptation, transformation and resilience. She additionally benefited from her own experience as a mother which has an added value dimension to her work by adding a certain conscientiousness, discipline and responsibility that all parents share and bring to the workplace. Her personal and cultural experiences from residing on the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsula have taught her that women have a continuum of community networks that flow from reservation and urban relations that unites us to progress as academics and professionals, obtain access to quality healthcare, and improve and protect our lands and waters. I hope to make everyone proud and to do my best to build on the amazing work that has already been completed.