Sarayl Y. Shunkamolah
Program and Operations Officer
Sarayl Yellowhorse Shunkamolah is a member of the Navajo Nation and is Program and Operations Officer at First Nations Development Institute. She is originally from Allentown, Arizona, and grew up in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Her maternal clan is Dibelzhini (blacksheep) and her paternal clan is Honaghaahnii (one-walks-around). Sarayl joined First Nations in January 2019. She is responsible for developing and maintaining processes and policies that will contribute to effective and efficient implementation of project-management efforts, effective use and maintenance of remote First Nations offices, and support to First Nations’ leadership and programs in streamlining consultant activities, documentation policy, and training.
Prior to joining First Nations, Sarayl spent four years with the Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE) Program in Gallup, New Mexico, as Administrative Director and an Operations & Special Project Manager. While at COPE, she provided administrative oversight for program and finance operations, led special projects and assisted with the strategic development of the nonprofit organization.
With a background and a passion in working with nonprofit organizations, Sarayl has worked with AISES as a higher education coordinator, with the University of Montana as a scholarship coordinator with the School of Business Administration, as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving for the University of Montana Foundation, and a Database Administrator with the Alzheimer’s Association in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sarayl has also worked with local and tribal governments such as assisting the Hospital Project Feasibility Study with the San Carlos Apache Tribe and assisting the county manager with the Gila County of Arizona.
Sarayl received an Associate’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from Haskell Indian Nations University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Southwest Studies from Fort Lewis College, and a Master’s of Public Administration with a focus on Nonprofit Management from the University of New Mexico.