Jonathon Freeman (he/him/his) is the Program Officer, AmbitioUS. AmbitioUS, an initiative of the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), encourages the development of burgeoning alternative economies and fresh social contracts in ways artists and cultural communities can achieve financial freedom. Jonathon brings over 20 years of experience in community-based arts and culture work. He is a founding member of the Native Roots Network, an Indigenous community development organization that, most notably, has curated and organized Our Story: Native Art Exhibitions, advocated for Indigenous cultural revitalization, the protection of Indigenous lands and sacred sites, and is incubating Co-Lab Shasta, an intercultural solidarity economy development initiative.
Previously, Jonathon served as the Program Director of the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples and as the Board of Directors Vice-Chair for the Local Indians for Education, Inc. His most recent role was as a Community Development Coordinator within the HHSA Public Health Branch, where he facilitated a team of Community Organizers and Policy Analysts in equity and well-being initiatives.
Jonathon has an M.A. in Social Justice and Community Organizing from Prescott College, a B.S. in Parks and Natural Resource Management from California State University, Chico, and an A.A. in Indigenous Studies from Deganawidah-Quetzalcoatl University.