Associate Program Officer, Trustee Liaison
Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF)
Josiah Griffin, Native Hawaiian, serves as NAAF’s Associate Program Officer and Trustee Liaison.
Mr. Griffin joined NAAF with nearly five years of experience in the public sector facilitating relationships between Native agriculture and federal resources. With a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in Agricultural Leadership and Development, he began his civil service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
After a brief stint in the USDA’s Office of Congressional Relations, Mr. Griffin transitioned to the Office of Tribal Relations. There, he provided guidance and outreach on the USDA’s engagement with tribal communities in interagency initiatives, including Let’s Move! In Indian Country, federal resource directories and tribal consultation. During the recent administration transition, he actively worked to engage and inform incoming officials on their tribal trust responsibility.
Mr. Griffin most recently served as a program officer for the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, where he institutionalized back-end practices and policies for an AmeriCorps VISTA program. Coordinating 11 VISTA members, his efforts leveraged local food access and developed data baselines for food systems in tribal communities.
He looks forward to continuing his education in supporting Native agriculture and business interests.