Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)’s Native Services Ambassadors embody the values and ethics of Native Services and serve as role models who choose to use their voice to strengthen relationships. These influencers help create awareness for BGCA Native Services to large audiences through testimonials and brand advocating. Their efforts ensure Native youth have a safe place to learn and grow, with caring adult professionals and life-enhancing programs adapted for Native youth that provide hope and opportunity. Click here to listen to an exclusive interview with BGCA Native Ambassador Martin Sensmeier.
Sam McCracken

Sam McCracken

Nike N7

Sam McCracken, General Manager and visionary of Nike’s N7 programs and founder of the N7 Fund, is a member of the Sioux and Assiniboine Tribes in northeastern Montana on the Ft. Peck Indian Reservation. McCracken began his Nike tenure in 1997 at Nike’s Wilsonville distribution center. He was quickly asked to utilize his experience and passion to manage the revitalization of the Native American Employee Network, one of several Nike diversity programs. Shortly thereafter, McCracken proposed a business development strategy targeting Native American communities with the goal of increasing health and wellness through physical activity. He became the Manager of Nike’s Native American Business in 2000 and has led the development of the Nike Air Native N7 shoe, the N7 retail collection, and the N7 Fund, which is aimed at helping to create access to sport for Native youth in the United States and Canada.

Curt Mohl

Curt Mohl

Dougherty & Company, LLC

Curt Mohl is Vice President at Dougherty & Company, LLC and has extensive experience in financial advisory, capital raising and structuring and economic development planning in the Native American Tribal sector. Mohl previously served as an Owner and Managing Director at Red-Horse Financial Group, Inc., Managing Director at Globalist Capital, Director at Western International Securities, Inc. and Director at PrinceRidge Group, LLC. Mohl received his bachelor’s degree from UCLA where he attended on a full athletic scholarship playing as an offensive lineman for the Bruins’ football team. Mohl was drafted in 1981 to the Oakland Raiders and played four years professional football for various teams. He and his wife, Valerie Red-Horse Mohl are the founders of several ministries on reservations nationwide aimed at providing housing repairs and youth programming.

Valerie Red-Horse Mohl

Valerie Red-Horse Mohl

Social Venture Circle

Valerie Red-Horse Mohl of Cherokee ancestry, is the Executive Director of Social Venture Circle, a non-profit leading the way in the field of social impact; building and galvanizing the business world to create social, economic, and environmental change. She is also the owner/founder of Red-Horse Financial Group, Inc., and has more than 30 years of in-depth experience in the financial services and investment banking industry with a unique expertise in the Tribal gaming and government sectors. She is also the owner/founder of Red-Horse Native Productions, Inc., a film and television production company primarily focused on bringing important documentaries to the screen for which she directs, produces, and writes. Red-Horse Mohl earned a B.A. with Cum Laude honors from UCLA and has founded several nonprofit ministries on reservations nationwide.

George Rivera

George Rivera

Pueblo of Pojoaque

George Rivera, Former Governor of the Pueblo of Pojoaque in northern New Mexico is a man of many talents. He has served his Pueblo since 1992 as Lt. Governor and was appointed and soon elected Governor. George is also a Native American artist and has been sculpting and teaching art for over 20 years. His work centers primarily on monumental stone and bronze sculpture, painting and architectural design reflecting the life of the pueblo people.

Rivera is a graduate of the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California, the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Lacoste School of Arts in Lacoste, France. At the latter, he held a teaching assistant position in sculpture and was an apprentice to a Japanese master sculptor during his three-year stay in France. His work is featured in many international collections.

Andra Rush

Andra Rush

Rush Group

Andra Rush is the award-winning founder, chair and CEO of the Rush Group of Companies, including Dakkota Integrated Systems, and Rush Trucking. Andra has created one of the largest Native American and woman-owned enterprises in the U.S., employing thousands of people, and earning numerous awards from organizations like Ford and being inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.

To accompany her long list of honors and accolades, Andra has always been a strong force in quality community advancement. Rush’s central mission is to create profitable and sustainable job opportunities in underrepresented communities, especially for Native people. As an advocate and leader, Andra has served as a member of business and charitable organizations, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the U.S. Manufacturing Council, and the Detroit Economic Club.

Martin Sensmeier

Martin Sensmeier

Native American Actor

Martin Sensmeier is a Native American Actor and is of Tlingit, Koyukon-Athabascan, and Irish descent. He was raised in a Tlingit Coastal Community in Southeast Alaska and grew up learning the traditions of his Tribes.

Martin attended the Boys & Girls Club of Alaska and learned the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. As a former Club kid, he testifies to how Clubs are working to decrease the high rates of diabetes and obesity though activity, nutrition, and education.

In 2007, Martin moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. His job schedule working on an oil rig in Alaska allowed him to support his dreams. In 2011, he began pursuing a career in the arts full time. He recently starred in the remake of The Magnificent Seven, starring alongside Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, and others.

Ernie Stevens, Jr.

Ernie Stevens, Jr.

National Indian Gaming Association

At age 15, Ernie Stevens drove a car, worked full-time and considered himself a grown man. His mentors at the Oneida Boys Club taught him how to be a kid again, he says. Club staff provided Ernie with much-needed male role models. They also gave him the chance to compete in sports, helped him develop self-discipline – and convinced him to return to school.

Stevens has served as councilman for the Oneida Nation and a leader for the National Congress of American Indians. He is now the chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association and a respected Native American civil rights advocate who supports Native Clubs.

Maj. Gen. Alfred A. Valenzuela

Maj. Gen. Alfred A. Valenzuela

Army Officer

Guided by mentors at his hometown Boys & Girls Club, the young Alfred Valenzuela learned about focus, vision, caring and compassion. These are the tools he depends on to safeguard democracy in his capacity as commanding general, U.S. Army South. The general has served in a variety of command and staff positions throughout the world. In Peru, he was U.S. defense representative for counter insurgency and counter narcotics operations with the American Embassy. He also participated in Operation Distant Thunder in Kuwait. Among Maj. Gen. Valenzuela’s many decorations are the Distinguished Service Medal, the Soldier’s Medal for Heroism and the Bronze Star.

Major General Valenzuela is also a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Alumni Hall of Fame. As a young boy Alfred spent numerous hours at his hometown Boys & Girls Club. The Club played an important role in his development where he learned and acquired life skills that directly impacted his long-term success.