- Executive Staff for the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President
Samantha Eldridge is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. She received a Bachelors of Science in Sociology and a Masters of Public Administration and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Utah.
Her research examines the historical and institutional structures that create inequitable policies, practices and barriers that impede the success of Native American communities; specifically matters of public administration, representation and governance.
Samantha serves on the Executive Staff for the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President overseeing education policy and serving as the liaison to the State of Utah. Prior to the Navajo Nation, Samantha was the Senior Program and Policy Analyst in the Office of Minority Community Organizing & Partnerships (MCOP) at the National Education Association (NEA) in Washington, D.C.
She served as NEA’s liaison to the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) community from 2014-2017 and worked to connect NEA's 3 million members to parent, community, and youth organizing around educational and social justice issues and increasing access and opportunities for Native youth.
Samantha also serves on the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Board of Directors and is a past recipient of the University of Utah Equity and Diversity Award, presented on the basis of excellence in fostering leadership and continuing a commitment to enhance diversity.