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Jaclyn Roessel


Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico
Mountain Time Zone (UTC−07:00)

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Jaclyn Roessel was born and raised on the Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona. An alumnus from Arizona State University, she was the inaugural recipient of the Arizona Humanities Rising Star Award, which is given to young professionals whose work elevates the importance of humanities in the community. She’s been named one of Phoenix 100 Creatives You Should Know. Over the past 15 years as a museum professional, Roessel confirmed her belief in the power of utilizing cultural learning as a tool to engage and build stronger Native communities. Most recently, as the director of decolonizing initiatives at the San Diego Museum of Man, she worked to operationalize decolonized methodologies into museums practice.

As the president of Grownup Navajo, Roessel shares through presentations and trainings, how Native American teachings and values are tools to help build greater cultural equity in our society. As a consultant working with the UCLA Getty Conservation Program, the Field Museum, Arizona Humanities and Museum of Northern Arizona, she is committed to centering Indigenous perspectives in museums and non-profits.

Roessel is a co-founder/content curator of Native Women Lead, a 2017-2018 National Art Strategies Creative Community Fellows and a graduate of the Native Entrepreneurs-In-Residence program.

Through all her work, Roessel aims to further inspire Native people to use their traditional knowledge as a catalyst to create change in our communities today. She lives with her husband and son in Santa Ana Pueblo.