Reuben Tomás Roqueñi is a Program Officer in the Performing Arts Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in San Francisco making grants to sustain artistic expression and encourage public engagement in the arts. These grants embrace a wide range of artistic disciplines, aesthetics, and cultural traditions in the areas of dance, media, music, and theater that engage people across diverse communities.
Prior to Hewlett, Reuben served 5 years as Program Director at the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, a national arts philanthropic organization, located in the Portland, Oregon area and serving Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian artists, organizations, and programs. The grantmaking strategies included artist fellowships that focusing on innovation in contemporary arts practices; project support investing in social change and community development through the arts; and operating support working in partnership with Native arts service organizations to leverage broader support for the field. Previously, Reuben served as Grants Manager at a public agency, the Tucson Pima Arts Council in Tucson, Arizona, directing all grantmaking processes and program administration, supporting the region’s nonprofit arts organizations and individual artists.
Reuben currently serves on the board of Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) whose annual Time Based Art Festival (TBA) supports the experiments of innovative contemporary performing artists. He serves on the board of The Association of American Cultures (TAAC), whose bi-annual Open Dialogue conference provides leadership in achieving equal participation in policymaking, equitable funding for all cultural institutions, and an elevation in multicultural leadership that impact cultural policies. He is also on the Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) national Thought Leader Forum on Racial Equity in Grantmaking. Previously he served on the Board of Directors at Access Tucson (public television) and was a founding Board member of the Tucson Musicians and Artists Health Alliance (TAMHA). He is a graduate of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture’s (NALAC) Leadership Training Institute and the first NALAC Arts Advocacy Institute in DC. Reuben has served on grants review panels, national to local, for the National Endowment for the Arts, ArtPlace, NALAC Fund for the Arts, Rasmuson Foundation, Artist Trust, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Regional Arts and Culture Council (Portland), Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, and Pro-Neighborhoods Tucson.
Reuben is of mixed ancestry (Yaqui/Mexican). He began his career in arts administration at the afterschool arts and business program, Old Pascua Youth Artists (OPYA), serving Yaqui youth and as an artist educator in the public school system. He spent 6 years in the private sector with American Airlines and has lived in Seattle, St Croix, New Orleans, and San Antonio. He was raised in California, received his BFA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and is a multi-media visual artist.