Native American Heritage Month Spotlight Deserea Quintana


This month, in celebration of Native American Heritage Month, we will be highlighting some of the many remarkable contributors to Indian country. In no way is this list comprehensive or extensive. For the next few weeks we will present a brief biography a day.

Deserea Quintana was appointed the new  Executive Director of the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, Inc., June 21, 2019, by the ITCN   Executive Board.

Deserea is committed to ensuring the success of the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada. She believes the organization is a good opportunity to grow and expand its services and improve its relationship with the local state, federal, and community partners.

Ms. Quintana is an enrolled member of the Walker River Paiute Tribe and has over 16 years’ experience working with Nevada tribal     communities, local, state, and federal partners.  Ms. Quintana has been active in tribal issues and has volunteered and served on a number of boards involving education, tribal family and children, both local, regional nationwide and global through various leadership opportunities.

Ms. Quintana began her career with the ITCN Child Care Development Fund program, and previously held the position of the ITCN CCDF Program Director where she administered  funding for 16 tribal communities throughout the state of Nevada, providing families and children with options for high-quality child care and assistance with the cost of care. throughout the state of Nevada.

Ms. Quintana is an alum of the World Forum Global Leaders on Early Childhood Education, including a current member of the Indigenous People’s Action Group, as well as, a current fellow in the Peer Learning and Leadership Network through the Administration on Children and Families.

Ms. Quintana holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno, where she earned her degree focused in Advertising and Public Relations.

In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and travel.

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