Justin Kii Huenemann, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, has dedicated his life to improving the quality of life of Native peoples.
Today, Huenemann is the President and CEO of the Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3F), a national nonprofit dedicated to reducing Native American childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes. Prior to joining the NB3 Foundation, Huenemann served as Senior Program Officer at the Northwest Area Foundation. With a mission to reduce poverty and build sustainable prosperity, Huenemann supported champions of change who were building assets, wealth and opportunity in rural, urban and Native American communities across eight states and 75 tribal nations. He is also the founding President of the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI), an award-winning community development organization located in Minneapolis, MN. Here he led numerous community development projects, including establishing the American Indian Cultural Corridor along historic Franklin Avenue.
Over his career, he has enjoyed working in higher education to help graduate Native undergraduates, in architecture designing Indigenous-inspired structures, in county government leading community planning and research projects and in non-profits leading community-rooted and –inspired organizations. Some of his accomplishments include establishing a local Native-owned community bank, incubating Native businesses, developing a Native fine-arts gallery, and creating an innovative social enterprise grantmaking initiative.
For is work, he has received several awards, including the Minneapolis Mayor’s Healthy City Award and the Bear Award from the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce. Huenemann holds a bachelor’s in architecture and a master’s in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota.