WHO WE ARE
Roanhorse Consulting (RCLLC) is an indigenous women-led think tank. RCLLC works with unheralded communities, businesses, organizations, and individuals to achieve and aspire their self-determination through forging communities of practice, strengthening indigenous evaluation methods, creating equity through entrepreneurship, and encouraging economic empowerment from within. RCLLC co-designs wealth and power building efforts that directly invest in our leaders, support meaningful data collection informed by indigenous research approaches, and helps build thoughtful community-led projects that enforce values that put people at the center.
Matthew Perez, Design and Marketing Manager, leads the creative design for RCLLC, with experience in Photography, Brand Development, Illustration, Video Production, Social Media Management, and Event Marketing. He worked on numerous projects, ranging from full-scale branding for businesses to community-driven, grassroots, non-profit initiatives to on-location, video and photography. Early in his career, he worked for the design & marketing group, Iroots Media, LLC, as a junior designer, photographer, and project manager, eventually moving into a Managing Director position. He was on the re-brand team for the Museum of American Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC), as well as, community branding projects for the Laguna Community Foundation and Jemez Public Health. At Iroots, he also worked with the Notah Begay III Foundation on various media projects, helping their organization impact Native youth. Mateo’s creative roots are deeply connected to his Indigenous identity, where art is tradition. With this idea in mind, he believes each client & project has meaning, importance, and a connection to something greater. Once a professional Disc Jockey (DJ) and event producer, Mateo blends his skills, identity, and experience to inform his workflow & design to this day. His goal is to create with passion, purpose, and heart. When he’s not in front of a computer or behind a camera, you can find him out on the trail, training for the next race. He is currently living the tea life in Santa Fe, NM. He is an alumnus of Dartmouth College and a proud Picuris Pueblo tribal member.
Olivia Roanhorse, MPH, COO and Portfolio Lead, provides leadership and oversight of key policy, research and evaluation projects. Prior to joining RCLLC, Olivia was the Vice President of Programs for Notah Begay III Foundation where she oversaw the strategic and operational responsibilities for all program areas. Before returning to New Mexico in 2012, Olivia held several health program and policy positions in Chicago. She was a Policy Associate at the Ounce of Prevention Fund; a Project Coordinator for RWJF National Project: Finding Answers Program: Disparities Research for Change; and a Clinic Manager for Community Health, the largest free health clinic in Illinois. Olivia has a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois in Chicago and an undergraduate degree from Colorado College. Olivia attended Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health from 2018 to 2021 working on her Doctorate of Public Health. Recognizing that the institution did not value health equity and social justice, she withdrew and decided to instead focus on her lived experiences and the opportunity to co-design meaningful solutions with communities. Olivia is a board member with the Health Equity Council in NM, and a Peer Review Committee Advisor with Black Brain Trust. Olivia is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and lives in Albuquerque, NM with her daughter.