Indigenous Advisory Committee
The Indigenous Advisory Committee was created with the intent of facilitating and enhancing dialogue between different Indigenous leaders and community advocates, for the purpose of creating a robust foundation of informative guidance and recommendations that shape the work and programs facilitated by the Indigenous Peoples’ Initiative (IPI) and the communities we serve. It is our hope that curating deep connections with leaders in our communities will provide the best approach to resolving issues impacting Indigenous communities, and for the corresponding thought leadership to be made available and applicable to respective Indigenous communities and, when appropriate, the general public.
Indigenous Advisory Committee Chairman
Ex-officio Board Member
Jonathan Nez is the former President and Vice President of the Navajo Nation. Mr. Nez is of the Áshįįhí Clan (Salt People) and born for the Ta’neeszahnii Clan (Tangle clan). His maternal grandfather’s clan is Tódích’íi’nii Clan (Bitter Water Clan) and his paternal grandfather’s clan is the Táchii’nii Clan (Red-Running-Into-The-Water Clan).
President Nez started his term as president of the Navajo Nation on January 15, 2019. He also previously served as Vice President of the Navajo Nation from 2015 through the end of 2018. He also previously served as the Shonto Chapter Vice President, an elected member of the Navajo Nation Council representing the chapters of Shonto, Oljato, Tsah Bi Kin, and Navajo Mountain, Navajo County Board of Supervisor for District 1, and Vice President of the Navajo Nation.
President Nez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration, both from Northern Arizona University. In addition, Mr. and Mrs. Nez received honorary doctorates of humane letters from Northern Arizona University for their leadership during the COVID-19 public health emergency.