our change labs organizers


 
 
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Al Henderson

UNM-GALLUP

Born in Twin Lakes, Al Henderson is the former executive director of economic development with the Navajo Nation. He joined UNM-Gallup in 2009 to help establish the New Mexico Rural Entrepreneur Institute. He's also on the founding Board of the new Dine' Chamber of Commerce. Al spent 12 years at NAU as a tribal liaison with leaders and 34 years in Albuquerque running his own consulting business advising tribes on economic and business development.

Al is a member of the Salt Clan and was born for the Many Hogans People.

 

Heather Fleming

CATAPULT DESIGN

Born in Tuba City, Heather is the CEO and co-founder of Catapult Design in Denver. Heather is a former adjunct lecturer at Stanford University, senior lecturer at CCA, design consultant in Silicon Valley, and Board member of the Dine' Chamber of Commerce. She is a prominent speaker on the role of design/business/innovation in development. Heather supports emerging entrepreneurs with engineering and design support.  

Heather was born for the Bitahnii (the Folded Arm People).

 

 
 
 
 

Natasha Hale

GRAND CANYON TRUST / NABIN

Originally from the community of Twin Lakes, Natasha is the Native American Program Manager for Grand Canyon Trust and lead of the Native American Business Incubator Network. Prior to  the Trust, Natasha was a legislative staff assistant for the Navajo Nation Office of the Speaker, and she helped address issues affecting the Navajo people at the local, state, and federal levels. 

Natasha is Dine' (Navajo) from the Nooda'i Dine'e (Ute Clan), and her maternal grandfather is Hashk'aa hadzohi (Yucca Fruit on a String Clan). She is also Saudi Arabian.

 

Jessica Stago

GRAND CANYON TRUST / NABIN

Jessica joined the Trust in 2016 as the Program Manager of NABIN, which supports the growth of native-owned businesses. Jessica hopes to use her bachelor's degree from Arizona State University and MBA from the University of Phoenix to build an ecosystem for entrepreneurship in Native communities. She grew up traveling between Teesto, Arizona, her home community on the Navajo reservation, and the small town of Winslow, Arizona where she still lives today. Her teenage son Josiah plays sports year-round, so when she is not working, she spends her time watching football, basketball, or baseball.