Kiersten Begay is a descendant of the Diné (Navajo Nation) and traditionally represents herself as Yucca Fruit-Strung-Out-in-a-Line clan and born for the Salt Water clan. Begay grew up in Tsélani Springs near Chinle, Arizona at which she dedicated her path towards giving back to her community and all of Indian Country.
Prior to her work with Blue Stone, Begay worked as a Legislative Intern at the Arizona Department of Gaming tracking all Arizona State House and Senate bills related to Tribal gaming, pari-mutuel racing/wagering, and other agency departments. She spearheaded marketing efforts to address Problem Gambling on Indian lands across the State of Arizona. Begay also interned with the Town of Gilbert for a year developing, leading, and assisting executive level projects on behalf of the Town Attorney’s office, Human Resources, Digital Government, and Manager’s Office. In her internship roles, Begay stimulated cultural awareness on Indigenous history, rights, sovereignty, and contemporary issues within the organizations.
In May 2019, Begay spoke at a TEDx event in Gilbert, Arizona discussing American Indian representation and the lack thereof. She annually volunteers as a guest speaker to inform high school students about economic, social, political, and legal issues on the Navajo Nation by analyzing the effects of colonialism and Federal Indian policies within Indian Country.
Begay graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Business Law and B.S. in American Indian Studies at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (The College). She was honored as the 2019 Dean’s Medalist and one of the 2019 Student Leaders for The College.