SALEM, Ore. — Governor Tina Kotek announced Thursday that Shana McConville Radford has joined the administration as her Tribal Affairs Director.
In a media release, Gov. Kotek lauded McConville Radford’s experience in tribal matters, policies and government-to-government relations illustrated throughout her career.
“It is with great honor and humility that I step into public service as Tribal Affairs Director for Governor Tina Kotek’s office on behalf of Oregon’s tribal nations and the state of Oregon to foster collaboration and cooperation that is respectful of the unique tribal cultural and historical perspectives, values, sovereignty, and self-governance. I will promote and practice transparent and integrous policy design and implementation by centering true collaboration through curiosity, empathy, candor, and reciprocity. As a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and an Oregonian, I bring with me a deep sense of pride and commitment to our shared values of connection, history, collaboration, and gratitude for the community that raised me,” McConville Radford said.
According to the release, McConville Radford brings more than 15 years of tribal relations, policy, tribal facilitation, negotiation, and intergovernmental relations experience to the role. Previously serving as a deputy executive director of Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Radford has also served as the Superintendent of the Flathead Agency in Montana for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, has worked with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and served as a tribal consultant on energy, education, and health. She is a former American Australian Association Education Fellow and holds a postgraduate degree in international law and international relations from the University of New South Wales. In addition, she is a former Mark O. Hatfield Congressional Fellow, where she served as a tribal legislative liaison and advisor to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden.