Joe Valandra Appointed as NACA Executive Director
October 11 | Press Release
WASHINGTON DC – October 11, 2019: The Native American Contractors Association (NACA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Joseph Valandra has been appointed to the position of NACA Executive Director.
The selection process for the incoming NACA Executive Director attracted a strong pool of experienced candidates from across the nation. After an extensive interview process, the NACA Board of Directors selected Mr. Valandra to lead NACA and to further its mission of serving its members.
Kimberly TeeHee, NACA Board President, stated, “Joe Valandra brings a wealth of experience from Indian Country as well from leadership within the private and public sectors. The NACA membership will be well-represented with Joe as our new Executive Director.”
NACA’s mission is to protect the rights of Native Americans to create economic development through government contracting as a result of the unique nation-to-nation trust relationship recognized in the Constitution and treaties. Its members proudly serve our federal customers in all 50 states and internationally. NACA is a 501(c)6 trade association.
“Pursuing NACA’s mission benefits all of Indian Country by protecting and expanding the opportunities for Alaska Native Corporations (“ANC”), Native Hawaiian Organizations (“NHO”), and Native American/Tribal corporations engaged in federal contracting,” commented Mr. Valandra. Joe went on to say, “I am excited about the opportunity to champion the goals of NACA’s membership and look forward to forging new alliances and partnerships while strengthening existing ones. NACA has a history of being a vigorous advocate for Tribal sovereignty and economic justice for Indian Country since its establishment over 15 years ago.”
NACA is a national Native advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. and represents Tribal, Alaska Native Corporations, and Native Hawaiian Organizations across the country. The Association seeks to protect the economic self-sufficiency of America’s indigenous peoples. Our mission strives to protect and expand
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- The Native American Contractors Association Responds to Congressman’s Remarks Regarding Hispanic Americans: March 30, 2013
- Native American Federal Contractors Dazed by Recent Report on an Increase in Direct Awards to Large Business and Senator Claire McCaskill’s attack on Alaska Native Corporations: March 22, 2013
- NACA Launches New Business Development Portal with Strong Support from the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Black Chamber, Inc.: January 17, 2013
- NACA Responds to Rep. Markey’s Proposed Legislation: January 9, 2013
- The Native American Contractors Association Names New Board of Directors: November 9, 2012
- The Native American Contractors Association Receives MBDA Business Center Grant to Fund Anchorage, Alaska Office: September 18, 2012
- NACA Remembers Board Member and Founder Barney Uhart: September 11, 2012
- Native American Contractors Association Publishes Best Practices Guide: July 5, 2012
- Native American Contractors Association Publishes Economic Impact Study: May 8, 2012
- Native American Contractors Association Response to Indian Country Today Article: March 16, 2012
- NACA Commends Swift Prosecution of Fraudulent Employee: March 8, 2012
- NACA Announces New Executive Director: Kevin J. Allis: February 21, 2012
- NACA Responds to GAO Report on Native American Contracting: February 7, 2012
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- NACA Plans for New Executive Director: October 31, 2011
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- NACA Announces Transition of Executive Directors: June 23, 2011
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- Native Leaders Testify Before Congress on the Essential Role, History
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- NACA Responds to ProPublica Story on Alaska Native Corporations: March 18, 2011
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