Debbie Nez-Manuel

Debbie Nez-Manuel’s professional accomplishments have profound impacts on communities. Ms. Nez-Manuel earned her Master’s of Social Work from ASU. Coupled with her advanced degree in Nonprofit Leadership Academy from ASU, Ms. Nez-Manuel’s strong professional training is evidenced in her proactive community leadership and public service. Ms. Nez-Manuel has extensive experience as a Family Therapist, Case Manager, Youth Advocate, Domestic Violence Program Specialist, and Community Health Educator for Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, as well as Executive Director for Morning Star Leaders, Inc. These roles combined demonstrate Ms. Nez- Manuel’s extensive expertise in mobilizing community members to be strong, productive, healthy, and resilient people.  Debbie is an actively engaged community leader. She currently serves as a Consultant to promote equity and social engagement among Native American communities and peoples. She is a Precinct Committee Member. Notably, Ms. Nez-Manuel also continues to have a long-term instrumental leadership role that led to the recent signing by Governor Ducey of HB2570. This bill created a Study Committee charged with developing a state-wide plan to examine and reduce the murder and missing of Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG). Given her expertise  and leadership, she currently serves as the Co-Chair of the MMIWG Data Sharing Committee.