Shalyn Joe is proudly Diné and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. She traditionally identifies herself as Honágháahnii (One-Who-Walks-Around Clan) and Tótsohnii (Big Water Clan.) Joe grew up in White Buffalo near Dilkon, Arizona. Here she acquired a foundation of knowledge on how to create positive change within Indian Country through humility.
Joe graduated cum laude from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Public Service and Public Policy with an emphasis in American Indian Studies. Leadership has always been a part of her academic journey. She holds the following academic certificates: Public Administration and Public Management, Leadership and Ethics. Currently, Joe is enrolled at Grand Canyon University finishing a master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Health Systems Management.
In addition to being a full-time student throughout her degree, Joe maintained a full-time job garnering invaluable real-world experience. In between these roles, Joe made time to work as a Native American Management Intern (NAMI) for the Town of Gilbert. This gave her insight on public service through municipality. Here she created standard operating procedures geared toward the effects of COVID-19 ensuring cultural awareness was appropriately incorporated. For example, SOPs were intentionally designed to consider scarcity of economic development on the Navajo Nation. Participation in a 3-week research training institute for American Indian and Alaska Native Health Professionals at Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board gave Joe exposure to epidemiology, program evaluation, and community-based participatory research.
Joe’s skillset is honed to help Blue Stone clients succeed. As Project Manager, she creates positive change for Indian Country through meaningful work. Wisdom from her elders (grandfather and mother) guide her.