Program Support Specialist
Marlon Footracer, Diné, Water-Flows-Together, born for One-Who-Walks-Around-You clan serves as TLPI's Program Support Specialist. Marlon was raised in Tsé Síaní (Lupton, AZ). He attended Stanford University where he majored in Creative Writing with an emphasis in poetry. While at Stanford, he co-founded the Stanford Native American Poets, co-instructed a course on contemporary Native Poetry, and participated in the performance arts and theater programs. He also worked at the Stanford Alumni Association in the Native American Initiative and helped organize Stanford’s first ever conference, “Community, Diversity and Excellence: Celebrating Stanford's Minority Alumni.” In 2011, Marlon served as staff support for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit as well as then Secretary Clinton’s Women in the Economy Summit. He has worked as a consultant and project manager for indigenous art projects and artists, such as Matika Wilbur’s Project 562 in 2014. In his personal creative work, he was named the Taos Writer’s Conference Native American Writer-In-Residence Award recipient in 2015. He actively contributes to creative writing journals and spoken arts projects. Most recently, he worked as a non-profit strategist and consultant for development and capacity building, specifically focusing on non-profits that work to end homelessness in New Mexico/Navajo Nation border towns.