Bobbie (Owiyahl) Meszaros
Bobbie (Owiyahl) Meszaros is Tlingit, Sik’nax.ádi (Eagle/Killer Whale-Brown Bear Clan) from Shtax’héen Kwáan (Wrangell, Alaska) and is a grandchild of the Tahltan Crow Band of Telegraph Creek, B.C. and Chief Si’ahl (Seattle) of the Suquamish/Duwamish Tribes of Puget Sound, WA. Bobbie works for Sealaska Heritage Institute in Juneau, Alaska as the Development Officer. In this role, she is responsible for the management, planning, and implementation of the philanthropy program that secures financial resources to support Sealaska Heritage’s mission and program goals. Additional activities in the Southeast Alaska region includes promoting Juneau as the Northwest Coast Arts Capital, designation of Northwest Coast Arts as a U.S. National Treasure, and the development of Indigenous arts as an economic engine.
Bobbie has spent the last twelve years in the not-for-profit sector in the field of development including individual and corporate fundraising, marketing, grant writing and event planning while working for several national based nonprofit organizations. She specializes in representing Alaska Natives and American Indians in philanthropy. Prior to joining Sealaska Heritage, she worked for the American Indian College Fund, the Southern Ute Tribe, and Crow Canyon Archeological Center in Colorado.
Bobbie was recently appointed by the Mayor of Juneau to the newly established Visitor Industry Task Force as a cultural tourism representative, bringing the Alaska Native voice to the growing visitor industry. She is dedicated to raising the visibility of Alaska Native and American Indian tribal nations while strengthening community outreach and partnerships to help build both urban and rural cultural and economic sustainability for all Indigenous people.