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Government and Legislative Affairs Associate

Patrese Atine is a government and legislative affairs associate who handles the education and health portfolios for the Navajo Nation Washington Office. Before joining the NNWO, Atine advised the Office of Human Capital at the Corporation for National and Community Service in management practices, policy and organizational behavior. In addition, Atine has demonstrated leadership in education after three years in multiple roles at the Bureau of Indian Education and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs within the U.S. Department of the Interior. While at DOI, she also directed and served on the DOI Youth Task Force, working specifically to increase educational resources and employment opportunities to BIE K-12 schools, tribal colleges and universities.

Atine earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University where she studied Family and Consumer Science Education (2008) and a master’s degree in Education Policy, Planning and Administration from Boston University (2014). While in Boston she served as a teaching fellow for the Harvard University Native American Program. Atine began her career as a classroom teacher in 2008 before moving to DC in 2010

Government and Legislative Affairs Associate

Natasha John is a government and legislative affairs associate at the Navajo Nation Washington Office. She is from Stillwater, Oklahoma and is a member of the Navajo Nation. Her clans are Bilagáana, born for Tł’ááshchí’í. She gained dual Bachelors of Arts degrees in Global Studies and Joint History/Political Science from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and her Masters of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. She comes to NNWO from the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Her portfolio with includes infrastructure, telecommunications, economic development and taxation. 

Executive Director

Mr. Brossy is a citizen of the Navajo Nation with experience as a management consultant for tribal governments and tribally-owned businesses as well as a Native American policy advocate. As a management consultant, Mr. Brossy focused financial and accounting advisory work on behalf of Native American tribal governments and tribally-owned enterprises. Mr. Brossy most recently served as a Senior Associate with Upper Mohawk, Inc. a Native-owned federal contractor. He has worked on several engagements on behalf of tribal governments, tribally-owned enterprises, large national not-for-profit Native American advocacy organizations, and the federal government. Mr. Brossy has significant experience conducting financial deal due diligence, strategic planning, business strategy optimization and accounting for tribal governments, budgets and enterprises. Prior to work in the private sector, Mr. Brossy worked at the National Congress of American Indians advancing economic development policy. He worked on tribal bond issuance and tax parity and gaming legislation among other issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University where he studied economics, statistics and public policy. He earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School where he studied business and government policy. He is To’aheedliinii, grew up on the reservation, and is a graduate of Red Mesa High School.

Deputy Executive Director

After working with us for two years as a government and legislative affairs associate, Perry Riggs is the deputy executive director. 

Perry is Navajo from Leupp, Arizona. He is Kinyaa’aanii (Towering House), born for Naakai Dine’e (Mexican Clan). His maternal grandfathers are Tl’aashchi’i (Red Bottom People) and his paternal grandfathers are Tl’izilani (Many Goats). Perry has been a licensed attorney for 17 years previously working with Gila River Indian Community, the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community and in private practice on Navajo. Perry has a J.D., MBA and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering all from Arizona State University.

Administrative Service Officer

Kim Barber is Táchii’nii (Red Running Into The Water Clan), born for Níhoobáanii (Gray Streak Ends Clan), her maternal grandfather’s clan is Ashiihi (Salt Clan), and her paternal grandfather’s clan is Tó'aheedliinii (Water Flows Together Clan). She is from Bááháálí, N.M., and was raised by her grandmother, Julia Clah.

Barber earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Her work experiences include fiscal and project work with the National Indian Child Welfare Association in Portland, Ore., and financial and research analysis with Tallsalt Asset Management in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Communication Director

Jared is a proud citizen of the Navajo Nation. He was raised in Naschitti, N.M. Jared's clan is Tł’ááshchí’í (Red Bottom People) and born for Táchii’nii (Red-Running-Into-The-Water) and his maternal grandfathers are Tábąąhá (Water's Edge) and his paternal grandfathers are Dziłtł’ahnii (Mountain Cove). 

Jared has more than 14 years of experience in public relations, advocacy, event planning and event production. He currently serves as the communications director at the Navajo Nation Washinton Office and handles the international affairs and sacred places portfolio. Jared was part of the Navajo Nation delegation that successfully repatriated seven sacred Navajo masks that were up for auction in Paris France. 

Jared holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the Colorado College.

Government and Legislative Affairs Associate
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Tamera Begay is a government and legislative affairs associate for the Navajo Nation Washington Office. Tamera is from Crownpoint, N.M. and her clans are Áshįįhí (Salt Clan), born for Naałání (Plains People). Her maternal grandfathers are Kinyaa"áanii (Towering House) and her paternal grandfathers are Bilagáana (Anglo). She was a legal fellow at the National Congress of American Indians, working on VAWA, Juvenile Justice, TLOA, and the ICWA.Tamera will be working on Public Safety, VAWA, and Taxation. She was a legal fellow at the National Congress of American Indians, working on VAWA, Juvenile Justice, TLOA, and the ICWA. She graduated from Michigan State University College of Law with a J.D. and certificate in Indigenous Law and Policy. She is a citizen of the Navajo.