Joan Timeche is Executive Director of the Native Nations Institute (NNI) at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, University of Arizona, where she teaches Native Nation Building topics to largely tribal audiences, facilitates customized sessions for tribal leaders, in addition to her administrative duties. From 2001—2009, she also served as Assistant Director of NNI. For the eight years prior to joining NNI, Ms. Timeche served as program director of Northern Arizona University’s Center for American Indian Economic Development (CAIED) where she provided business and economic development services and education to tribes located in Arizona. Prior to her CAIED appointment, she spent eight years as director of the Hopi Tribe’s Education Department overseeing pre-Kindergarten to higher education programs.
Ms. Timeche was a founding member of three organizations: The Arizona Native American Economic Coalition where she also served as executive director; the Arizona American Indian Tourism Association (AAITA) where she served on the board and was board secretary and treasurer; and The American Indian/Alaska Native Tourism Association where she served as its first president. Since 2001, she continues to serve as board member, and currently is Vice-Chair, of the Economic Development Authority of the Tohono O’odham Nation. From 2005-2009, she served on the Hopi Tribe Economic Development Corporation (Board Chair for one year, board secretary for three years) and was reappointed to a two-year term in 2011. Timeche currently serves on board of directors (Board Secretary 2010-2016)for the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.
She authored “Doing Business on Arizona Indian Lands;” in 2000, founded the Native American Youth Entrepreneur Camp to introduce entrepreneurship to Native youth that received the ‘RES 2006 Native American Youth Entrepreneurship of the Year’ award; directed NNI’s Native American Youth Governance Camp; was named the 2010 Woman of the Year by the NARD/Phoenix Indian Center; and is a regular speaker at both regional and national conferences on topics related to Indian economic development and tourism.
A citizen of the Hopi Tribe from the village of Old Oraibi, she received a Bachelor of Science in social work and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Northern Arizona University.
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