National Child Welfare Association

Adam Becenti (Diné)

Community Development Specialist

(503) 222-4044, ext. 135
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Community Development Specialist Adam Becenti, M.P.P., was raised in Gallup, New Mexico. Adam is of the Red Running Into Water Clan, born for the Sleep Rock People of the Diné Nation. Adam brings a wide breadth of tribal outreach and engagement experience, starting with his work in the University of Colorado at Boulder Office of Admissions where he led the initiative for Native recruitment and retention. While in Oregon, Adam served as cultural coordinator/tribal liaison at a culturally responsive psychiatric residential treatment program called Cedar Bough Native American program. At Cedar Bough, Adam coordinated culturally specific treatment services for tribal youth clients and assisted tribal communities in accessing mental health services. Adam has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and ethnic studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a master’s of public policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.