Institute of American Indian Arts Names Judith Pepper (Choctaw) Director of Institutional Advancement

Judith Pepper

Published June 21, 2017

SANTA FE — IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee) has announced the appointment of Judith Pepper (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) as the school’s Director of Institutional Advancement — additionally, she was also named Executive Director of the IAIA Foundation. In these roles, she will help work to further public understanding and recognition of IAIA and its important mission to empower creativity and leadership in Native Arts and cultures through higher education, life-long learning, and outreach. Judith started at IAIA on June 1, 2017.

Judith McQuay Pepper is the granddaughter of Choctaw Tribal Member, Mrs. Porter (Lillie Mae) Starks Moore. Judith’s grandmother, Lillie, was born in 1897 in Indian Territory, Choctaw Nation. She and her husband Porter Moore raised five children and farmed cotton in Bokchito, Oklahoma until her death in 1981.

Pepper graduated from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.
Her professional background includes a long history of employment in top positions in nonprofit management with community-based organizations in both Texas and New Mexico.
Previously, she held the position of President of The CHI St. Luke’s Health Brazosport Health Foundation in Lake Jackson, Texas. She successfully completed a $5,000,000 Capital Campaign to assist with the $15,250,000 campus upgrade of the CHI St. Luke’s Health Brazosport Regional Hospital. She created two premier fundraising events which raised over $800,000 in the past five years.

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