Sharaya Souza

Executive Director, American Indian Cultural District

Sharaya Souza (Taos Pueblo, Ute, Kiowa), Executive Director of the American Indian Cultural District, is dedicated to recognizing, honoring, and celebrating American Indian legacy, culture, people, and contributions. She is an ambassador for promoting equitable resource distribution to American Indian communities, increasing Native visibility and political representation, and protecting and preserving tribal cultural resources in the San Francisco Bay Area. She serves on the Climate Council, SFAC Monuments Memorials Advisory Committee, Aquatic Park Pier Planning Committee, Housing Policy Committee, HRC Racial Equity in the Arts Working Group, Presidio Activators Council, Environmental Justice Working Group, and the Human Rights Commission Roundtable. Her previous work included establishing Native visibility in tech, sacred site and tribal cultural resource protection, land use mediation, helping tribal groups gain recognition as non-federally recognized tribes, and protecting Native American human remains.