Deputy Associate Superintendent, Office of Indian Education, Arizona Department of Education
Serena Denetsosie is Deputy Associate Superintendent for the Office of Indian Education at the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). She is from the Navajo Nation and her clans are Rock Gap born for the Towering House clan and her maternal clan is Bitter Water and paternal clan is Yucca Strung Out in a Row Clan. This is her identity as a Diné woman.
As part of the Policy and Government Relations team, she oversees the educational and cultural needs of over 51,000 Native American students. Prior to joining ADE, Serena worked for Arizona State University’s (ASU) Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC) & the Phoenix Indian Center to collaborate on the development of Parenting in 2 Worlds curriculum. She has also worked at the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona as an epidemiologist providing technical assistance to Tribal communities. Her background in growing up on the Diné Nation and coming from a family of medicine men and women has nurtured her ability to successfully work with, and empower, marginalized communities through their traditional cultures and holistic perspectives. She received her B.A & Masters in Social Work (MSW) in Policy, Administration & Community Practice from ASU. Serena adheres to her Diné traditional values of Walking a Path of Beauty in collaborating with diverse communities towards balance and wellness.