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Notah Begay's NB3 Foundation Taps New Executive Director

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The NB3 Foundation has tapped its next executive director.

On Tuesday, the foundation’s board of directors announced that Justin Kii Huenemann, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, would replace Crystal Echo Hawk, who had lead the foundation for nearly six years.

 "It is a privilege to welcome Justin Huenemann to the NB3 Foundation team,” Notah Begay III, founder of the NB3 Foundation said in a news release. “Justin brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience that will truly make an impact on the communities we serve."

Huenemann is a 20-year-veteran in the nonprofit, government, and higher education sectors, and has spent the bulk of his career focusing on how to improve economic opportunities in low income families, Native American communities and communities of color. “It is with great enthusiasm and humility that I accept the executive director position of the Notah Begay III Foundation,” Huenemann said. “There is no doubt in my mind that sound health and wellness are essential to any thriving future we desire for our tribal nations and the generations to come. To realize this future, we must address together the epidemics of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes that plague our Native youth.”

Before coming to the NB3 Foundation, Huenemann, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, served as a senior program officer for the Northwest Area Foundation. He was also the founding president and CEO of the award-winning Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI), where he established the American Indian Cultural Corridor.

“We are excited to have a professional of Justin’s caliber join the foundation as our executive director,” said Wilson Pipestem, chairman of the NB3 Foundation board of directors. “He has the right experience, background, and passion to help win the fight against diabetes and obesity in our Native young people.”