Published November 7, 2017
WINDOW ROCK – The Office of the President and Vice President is pleased to announce a new addition to the administration: Clara Pratte who will be the chief of staff.
“I am extremely excited to welcome Clara Pratte to the Office of President and Vice President,” President Russell Begaye said. “With the hiring of our new chief of staff, we continue to invest in strong leaders who set the tone for the administration and the Navajo Nation as a whole.”
Pratte is a graduate with honors from the University of Arizona, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and Carnegie Mellon University, where she received a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management.
What she brings to the table are years of experience working on behalf of the Navajo Nation and for Native American tribes across the country as the national director of the U.S. Small Business Administration for the Office of Native American Affairs, executive director of the Navajo Nation Washington Office, interim CEO of the NOVA Corporation, Vice President of Bracy, Tucker, Brown & Valanzano and more.
“Mrs. Pratte is a distinguished leader and is highly qualified to run the Navajo Nation government,” Vice President Jonathan Nez said. “I worked with her previously as a Council delegate when she headed the Navajo Nation Washington Office and can attest to her ability.”
Pratte is an expert in public policy, business and economic development. She has been an advocate for Navajo in numerous areas, including, but not limited to: education, transportation, gaming, community development and indigenous rights.
“I am honored to join the Begaye-Nez administration,” Pratte said. “I am passionate about public service, and, in particular, service to the Navajo Nation. I look forward to utilizing my knowledge in management, lending, procurement, entrepreneurial development programs, and processes regarding participation in the federal market by tribally owned enterprises for the benefit of the Navajo Nation.”
Originally from Lupton, Ariz., Pratte is Kinyaa’áanii nishłí Bilagáana báshíshchíín Honágháahnii dashicheii Bilagáana dashinalí.
Prior to her work with Native American tribes, she served at the U.S. Department of Commerce as an International Trade Specialist. In addition, she managed the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service’s web-based presence worldwide in 228 different countries.
She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women, the Navajo Community Development Financial Institution, and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association International.
In 2010, Pratte received the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s 40 Under 40 Award for demonstrating leadership, initiative, dedication and making significant contributions in business and in her community.
Former Chief of Staff Arbin Mitchell has officially retired and The Office expresses gratitude to him.
Pratte’s first day as chief of staff was yesterday, November 6, 2017.