WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Navajo Housing Authority Board of Commissioners have announced an Interim Chief Executive Officer who has 23 years of housing and NTUA experience, and previously served as Executive Director for the Southern Ute Housing Authority from 2001 to 2003 before returning to NHA in 2011.
“After careful discussion among the Board and consultation with senior NHA managers, we are appointing the NHA Director of Government & Public Relations, Ms. Roberta Roberts, to guide us through this transition period,” said Board members Kris Beecher, Chairman, Derrith Watchman-Moore, Vice-Chairwoman, and Sean McCabe, Secretary/Treasurer.
“We have full confidence in Ms. Roberts to help us navigate through the changes we envision for NHA,” the Board said. “Her wealth of experience at NHA will help us as we continue looking at NHA as a whole and determine a new direction based on the needs of the Navajo people and communities on the Navajo Nation. There are organizational issues that need to be addressed in the strongest possible terms by the new Board. These issues are critical and fundamental, and NHA as a housing organization needs to confront a poor record of building new houses. Moving forward NHA must first restore trust with the people we serve by promoting transparency, communication, efficiency, and accountability.”
Ms. Roberts said, “I know the value of working on behalf of our Navajo People including communication with our Navajo leadership. I am ready to serve the People and leadership during this important transition while the search begins for a permanent Chief Executive Officer. I commit to you that I will do my best.”
Ms. Roberts holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. She began her career in housing at NHA in 1992. She also served as NHA Occupancy Specialist, Collections Officer and Procurement Buyer until 1998. Then from 2001 to 2003, she served as Southern Ute Housing Authority Executive Director. She then worked for Navajo Tribal Utility Authority from 2004 to 2011. In February 2011, she returned to NHA in the Government & Public Relations Director position.
Ms. Roberts is Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House), and born for Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water). She is originally from Naschitti, NM. Her maternal grandfather clan is Táchii’nii (Red Running Into the Water) and her paternal grandfather clan is Tsé Deeshgizhnii (Rock Gap).