Ross Chaney was raised in Oklahoma as member of the Osage & Cherokee Nations. After pursuing a career in international business with Lucent Technologies - Bell Labs, Ross returned to Santa Fe in 2002 to work with community non-profits, foundations, Tribal Governments, the NM Governor, NM Speaker of the House and the City of Santa Fe.
In the last couple of years, Chaney was selected as a Sundance Institute - Time Warner Native Producer Fellow, a Harpo Foundation Native American Artist Fellow and was an artist in residence in the Museum of Contemporary Native Art. Ross contributes to and supports work in the arts, film, public policy, entrepreneurship and youth programs in Santa Fe.
In college, Ross was selected for a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in Public Policy and International Affairs, which allowed him to earn a masters degree from the American University - School of International Service (SIS) focused on economic development. He also was awarded a Monbusho Fellowship (Ministry of Education - Japan) attend graduate school in Kyoto, Japan and study international business, at Ritsumeikan University.
Ross believes in the power of story, and encourages our community members to share their stories.