Navajo Nation Director of Economic Development Steps Down

File Photo of DED Director Crystal Deschinny at the B2B Procurement Summit in October 2016.

Published January 4, 2018

WINDOW ROCK – Navajo Nation Director of the Division of Economic Development (DED) Crystal Deschinny left her position on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye noted that Deschinny left due to personal reasons.

“OPVP would like to thank Director Deschinny for her work with the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, which is a blueprint for assessing and strategizing business development across the Navajo Nation,” President Begaye said. “Her work will help the Nation to better place businesses in economically supportive locations.”

Deschinny was appointed to her position in March 2016 and came to the Nation with a background in financial investment, investment management and diversifying economic development. She holds an MBA and an MA in American Indian Studies Tribal Policy and Law from the University of Arizona. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Finance from San Diego State University.

“We appreciate Deschinny’s leadership in championing projects like the Ganado Shopping Center and the Shonto Marketplace,” Vice President Jonathan Nez said. “These two economic engines are bringing jobs and dollars back into the local Navajo economy.”

OPVP would like to extend appreciation to Director Deschinny for the effort and integrity that she brought to her position in working to better the Navajo economy.

In the interim, Tony Perry, Department Manager for Project Development with DED, will be designated as Acting Director for DED. OPVP will be naming and appointing a new DED Director soon.

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