The President’s Cabinet, comprising the senior leadership at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), is central to shaping and executing the institution’s mission, which is “to empower creativity and leadership in Indigenous arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning, and community engagement.” The Cabinet operates based on IAIA’s core values, including collaboration, excellence, creativity, respect, integrity, leadership, stewardship, and environmental responsibility. All these values are directed towards ensuring student success, strengthening the IAIA community, promoting contemporary Indigenous arts and cultures, and ensuring sustainable growth through responsible resource management.
Dr. Robert Martin
Office of the President
Dr. Martin is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Kansas and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Appalachian State University.
He currently serves on the boards of American Indian Higher Education Consortium, Lensic Performing Arts Center and the Higher Learning Commission—a regional accreditor for colleges and universities. Dr. Martin was awarded the Liberty Bell Award by the Douglas County (Kansas) Bar Association, bestowed on Law Day USA to recognize individual contributions to human rights. He also was awarded an honorary doctorate from Baker University and in 2010 he received the Tribal College President of the Year Award.
Laurie Logan Brayshaw
Holding a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Parkside in Life Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Health and Health Administration from Yale, she grows a variety of produce at home, travels, and is an avid reader of The New York Times.
Lawrence T. Mirabal
Vice President of Operations
Finance and Operations
Mirabal has forged a career in higher education primarily because it melds his passion for business with the higher purpose of the institutional mission. Pursuing new and innovative ways of improving campus operations and enhancing learning opportunities are at the forefront of Mirabal’s work.
He is a 1997 University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management graduate.
Jason S. Ordaz
Ordaz’s writing and photography have garnered recognition in esteemed international and national publications such as Vogue, The Smithsonian, The New York Times, Progresso Fotografico Magazine, Santa Fe New Mexican, Pasatiempo, and THE Magazine, among others.
In his capacity as the Communications Director at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), he occupies a senior leadership role within the IAIA President’s Cabinet, collaborating closely with seven distinguished colleagues. His distinctive editorial, design, and photographic style have reinvigorated IAIA’s global brand awareness, firmly placing the university at the forefront of recognition.
Beyond his professional achievements, Ordaz is deeply passionate about supporting Native and Indigenous communities. He has cultivated meaningful relationships with individuals, Tribal Nation communities, and prominent organizations, including Marvel and Disney, The Jane Goodall Institute, CalArts, The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, The Santa Fe Botanical Garden, as well as numerous local magazines and publishers.
Ordaz’s career is marked by a commitment to excellence and a genuine dedication to the causes he champions. His impact resonates throughout the communication field and the communities he tirelessly supports.
Mary Beth Worley
Felipe J. Estudillo Colón
Office of the Provost
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA)