Published January 31, 2019
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The National Indian Council on Aging hired Larry Curley as its new executive director. Curley is tribal citizen of the Navajo Nation with over 40 years of experience working in the aging and healthcare fields.
Curley has worked with Congress, other branches of the federal government, and national organizations on aging to develop support for programs affecting elderly American Indians.
After receiving his master’s degree in public administration at the University of Arizona, along with a certificate in gerontology, Curley worked as a gerontological planner at an Area Agency on Aging in Pima County, Arizona, where he was instrumental in establishing a county public fiduciary program. As a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., he successfully advocated for the passage of Title VI of the Older Americans Act
, an amendment which he wrote.
He directed the Navajo Nation’s Head Start program, one of the five largest Head Start programs in the country. Curley has served as a nursing home administrator of a tribal, long-term care facility, as a hospital administrator in northern Nevada, and as a college instructor at the University of Nevada-Reno and Eastern Washington University.