Rafael F. Tapia Jr.

Rafael F. Tapia Jr.

Vice President of Programs

Partnership with Native Americans

Phoenix, AZ USA

Through helping others, I help myself.


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Rafael F. Tapia Jr.


My road in life has taken me all over.
I grew up around family members that were immersed in the drug trade—I started helping out with the business as a child.
I had spent time in the juvenile justice system as a kid.
When I was 19 years old, I was facing 25 years to life for bank robbery—I knew there had to be a better way of life, but I felt stuck in this lifestyle.
I qualified for a Youth Offender Parole Hearing and was ultimately able to go to an inpatient treatment facility rather than stay in prison.
I changed my mindset and my lifestyle, built a support system, and navigated reentry.
I’ve since dedicated my life to public service and helping others.
I currently work as the vice president of programs for Partnership with Native Americans, which provides resources to improve the quality of life for Native Americans.
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High School
Business, General
University of Phoenix
Economic Development
University of Oklahoma
Business, General
University of Arizona - Eller College of Management


Vice President of Programs

I lead all program activities for a nonprofit focused on improving the quality of life for Native Americans.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Economic Development


The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"What's your hustle? You see the light now? You've gotten soft."

Challenges I Overcame

Death and Loss
Drugs / Addiction
Formerly Incarcerated

Interviewed By

Being Free

Being Free

Formerly incarcerated people find purpose