Gilda Yazzie joined NOW when she realized that working with a national grassroots and feminist organization was essential to to moving a progressive agenda forward. She has been active with NOW since 1996 as a Lifetime Member.
First elected to the national NOW board in the early 2000s, Yazzie’s strong leadership skills took her to positions on both the Budget and National Conference Committees. Other NOW roles include Chair of the Structure and Modernization Committee, part of NOW’s Modernization Campaign, and as principal organizer of the 2005 Women of Color and Allies Summit.
An enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, Yazzie is a longtime advocate for racial justice and civil rights. She continues her activism as an advocate for tribal and indigenous issues by keeping well informed about federal and state issues as they relate to native concerns.
Yazzie holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and has been self-employed in various business enterprises throughout her professional life. As an entrepreneur, she has worked with local, state and federal government agencies as well as with native sovereign native nations.