Kelsey Woody (Navajo), Event & Communications Manager
Kelsey Woody is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and grew up in Gallup, NM. He has spent his professional career supporting the missions of Native-led non-profit organizations.
Prior to joining Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP), Kelsey managed conferences for Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs (EPICS) and helped coordinate conference for the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED). Early in his career, he worked as an advocate for Native children with disabilities in New Mexico, bridging gaps between Native families, the NMPED, and the New Mexico Departments of Health. He also provided technical assistance to a network of Parent Training and Information Centers, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, around cultural sensitivity and cultural appropriateness when working with Native families who have children with disabilities and special health care needs.
Most recently, Kelsey worked as the Event and Meeting Manager for the National Indian Health Board where he managed conferences and meetings that supported the improvement of health outcomes for the 574+ Tribes across Indian Country by bringing together Tribal leaders, legislators, and policymakers. Today, Kelsey manages NAP’s conferences, internal meetings, partner events, and various communications projects, like the NAP Journal.