Born and raised in Omak, Washington, Chad is an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes. He has a BA in political science and history and an MPA in national security policy from the University of Arizona. Chad has served as an Executive Intern with Governor Janet Napolitano’s Southern Arizona Office, as a Deputy Prosecutor for the Colville Confederated Tribes, as Community Justice Unit Supervisor for Pima County (AZ), where he managed multiple programs. Before joining NNCAP, he was the Neighborhood Business Alliance District Program Manager for Good Neighbor Ventures, Inc. working with residents and businesses to implement small business fairs that helped drive economic development.
Chad serves on the UA Native American Presidential Advisory Council and as President of both the American Indian and Honors College Alumni Clubs. He has served on the City of Tucson’s Urban Networks to Increase Thriving Youth (UNITY) Governing Board and aided in the creation of the City of Tucson Violence Prevention Plan. He was also a member of the Community Development Advisory Committee and of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council until 2012. He was a member of the Flinn-Brown inaugural class for the Civic Leadership Institute, which is designed to train Arizona’s next leaders. Chad received the Arizona Daily Star 40 Under 40 Award (2009), Omicron Delta Kappa Community Service Recognition Award (2011), the Children & Family Services Champions for Children & Families Award (2011), The University of Arizona Outstanding Young Alumni Volunteer Award in May 2011, and the Prison Fellowship International Certificate of Recognition Award (2011).