Darla Graham was born and raised in Anchor Point and Homer, Alaska. She is a CIRI Shareholder and Ninilchik Tribal Member. Her grandmother, Mary Johnson, was Yup’ik and born and raised in St. Michael. Her grandfather, James Graham, came from Blackfoot Indian heritage. Her maternal side is Dutch, and Darla is dedicated to learning about her culture and celebrating the rich and diverse cultures in Alaska.
She holds a Bachelors in Business Management, and is a graduate of the Alaska Native Executive Leadership program at APU, where she is also currently working towards an Executive MBA with an emphasis on strategic leadership.
Darla has worked for CIRI since 2014 and currently serves as senior manager, shareholder engagement. In this role she oversees the strategic approach CIRI takes towards maintaining relevancy and fostering relationships with Shareholders and Descendants through youth programming, communications, cultural education, and leadership development initiatives. She also works closely with the Tikahtnu Forum, which brings together all Tribes, Non-Profits and Village Corporations in the CIRI region.