President & CEO
Diana “Dede” Yazzie Devine, Native American Connections President/CEO has been working with Native American urban and tribal entities since 1972 and has been employed as the CEO of Native American Connections (NAC) since 1979 – for over 39 years. NAC is a 501 (c) 3 Native American operated nonprofit corporation that provides comprehensive behavioral health services, affordable housing, and community based economic development opportunities. With Native Americans as a priority population, NAC offers innovative research-based behavioral health counseling services integrated with Native cultural and traditional healing practices. In addition, NAC developed, owns and operates over 850 units of affordable housing for working families and permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals along the light-rail in Central Phoenix. NAC is also a leader in multi-family housing LEED Platinum Certified building.
Ms. Devine has an MBA from Arizona State University and was inducted into the ASU WP Carey School of Business Hall of Fame (2012). Ms. Devine holds International and State licenses in substance abuse counseling. In addition, she dedicates her time to local, state and national boards/committees including: Founding board member Native Home Capital; Maricopa Association of Governments HUD Continuum of Care; Maricopa Integrated Health System Audit and Compliance; City of Mesa Housing; Phoenix Community Development & Investment Corp PCDIC; Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation; Federal Home Loan Bank – Affordable Housing Advisory Board; (Past) St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center; St. Mary’s High School Board President; and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Mentor for Developing Leadership.
Ms. Devine’s leadership and dedication have been recognized within the community with the following honors: Valley Leadership’s Woman of the Year (2003); YWCA’s Business Leader Award (2008); Arizona’s Centennial Legacy Project – Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women (2012); Phoenix Business Journal’s 25 Most Admired CEOs (2012); Phoenix Community Alliance Center City Starr Award (2015); Arizona Interfaith Movement Golden Rule Award (2016); and in May 2017 presented the Convocation speech for Arizona State University College of Public Service and Community Solutions.