Recast | Welcome Kara Briggs

From: “Carmichael, John” <>
Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at 6:38 AM

To:  All Staff & Faculty

I’m pleased to share that Kara Briggs has joined us as interim Vice President for Tribal Relations, Arts, and Cultures.  Kara is a 2010 graduate of Evergreen’s MPA program with a concentration in tribal governance.  She began her career as a journalist, serving as staff writer, investigative reporter and columnist at the Spokesman-Review, Indian Country Today, and the Oregonian.  She spent five years with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, focusing the museum’s fund development and communications on its educational mission.  She served as president of the Native American Journalists Association, UNITY: Journalists of Color, and the Center for Women and Democracy.  More recently, she served as the tribal liaison for Washington’s state’s Department of Revenue, helping to negotiate the state’s recent tax compact with the tribes, and as government relations director for the Sauk-Suiattle tribe, where she is enrolled.  

In her role at Evergreen, Kara will be a member of the senior leadership team, supervise the managing director of the Longhouse, coordinate the college’s reciprocal relationships with tribes, and steward a portfolio of foundation and donor relationships.  The position is funded through a combination of foundation and state funds.


John Carmichael, PhD

Interim President

The Evergreen State College

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