Originally from Fort Defiance, AZ. Darlene’s Maternal clan is Tábąąhá (Water’s Edge Clan) born for the Tódíkʼǫ́zhí (Salt Water Clan). After finishing a General Business Degree at ASU as a Chief Manuelito Scholar, she returned to Navajo. She worked for Navajo Nation Social Services’ Planning Department and then the Navajo Housing Authority’s Modernization/Construction Services Department.
A move to the Midwest prompted her to begin graduate studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Community & Regional Planning. With her broad experience in project planning, budgeting, staffing, procurement, policy, and procedure development, she began working with other Tribes. Work then focused on grant writing and grants compliance, then developing new programs, establishing policies and procedures, leading to executive management working with staff teams and Tribal Leaders to strengthening overall tribal capacity.
Darlene’s Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Promotes Positive, Community Focused Planning
- Experienced Executive Director, CEO, Director – Executive Team Management
- Experienced Manager of Internal Housing Force-Account
- Budget and Compliance Focused
- Certified Grant Writer, The Grantsmanship Center (TGCI)
- Emergency Management Frameworks for Tribal Governments Certified
- Road Inventory Field Data System (RIFDS) Trained
- Working Knowledge of BIA and IHS Budget Processes & Programs (i.e. Indian Self-Determination Act, Self-Governance, Contract Health Services, Tribal Courts, ICWA, IHS Construction Project Funding Process, etc.)
- Trained in: Indian Community Development Grant Management (ICDBG); DNA in Indian Country; Indirect Cost Strategies; USDOJ Financial Management; Tribal Transportation; Human Resources; etc.
In the Navajo Way, we strive to live in balance, to walk in beauty—reflecting on my life’s journey so far, I am grateful for the many people who have helped me. In the work I do, I see my path focused on utilizing this knowledge in a good way to help others.