SIPI Board of Regents Member

Adam Jerome Begaye, Chair, Navajo Nation/New Mexico

Adam Jerome Begaye, Chair, Navajo Nation/New Mexico

Adam Begaye is a member of the Navajo Nation. He is Oozéí Táchii'nii (Red Running into the Water People Clan) with Hopi heritage, born for Bįįh bitoodnii (Deer Spring Clan), his maternal grandfather is Ta'neeszahnii (Tangle Clan), and his paternal grandfather is 'Áshįįhi (Salt People Clan). He is originally from Shiprock, NM.

In 2013, Adam graduated from Shiprock High School and furthered his undergraduate studies in Political Science at San Juan College and Fort Lewis College.

From 2015 to 2019, he was elected as the Board President for the Central Consolidated School District, which serves approximately 6,000 students in 15 public schools in the four corner regions of New Mexico.

In 2019, Adam was appointed to work at the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President in Window Rock, AZ. He has assisted Navajo Nation leadership with education, economic development, and infrastructure efforts for the past three years.

In 2020, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer appointed him to serve on the SIPI Board of Regents to represent the Navajo Nation and the state of New Mexico. As a Board of Regents Chair, he advocates at the local, state, and federal government levels for all tribal students. He ensures that tribal students have access to quality higher education, opportunities, and resources.

His volunteer experience includes serving as a Santa Fe Children's Museum trustee. His hobbies include participating in church youth groups, hiking, reading political books, and playing football. 

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