Tami McDonald

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CSU Spur Special Assistant

Tami McDonald serves as the Special Assistant for the CSU Spur campus at the National Western Center and will create and manage various administrative structures, policies, and procedures at Spur. Tami will provide support to the Assistant Vice Chancellor of the Spur Campus, the General Manager, the Education Director, and the Spur Program Associate.

For over 14 years Tami has been working in K-12 education and managing education projects.  Prior to joining CSU, Tami was the Colorado Regional Coordinator and the Special Projects Coordinator overseeing education programs for the Smithsonian Science Education Center.  She began her education career as an elementary and middle school teacher in Salida and Aurora, Colorado. Tami received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Regis University. She earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a STEM emphasis as well as a Math Interventionist Certificate, both from Adams State University. Through the NASA Endeavor Teaching Program, she earned a STEM certificate from Teacher’s College of Columbia University.

Tami grew up in Salida, Colorado and now spends her free time photographing anything in nature.  She lives in Hudson with her husband Jeff, and their pets, Lacy, Bear, and Luna.


Associate Attorney, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Ms. Becker has dedicated her career to the Navajo Nation and its natural resources.  She is currently serving as an Associate Attorney for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.  Prior to this position, she had the honor of serving as the Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources from May 2013 to January 2019, as an appointee of President Begaye and Vice-President Nez, after serving eleven (11) years as an attorney for the Navajo Nation focusing on water rights and natural resources issues.  Continuing her deep interest and passion for water, she serves on the Leadership Team for the Water and Tribes Initiative in the Colorado River Basin, as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, as an appointee of Governor Lujan Grisham, and on the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission, as an appointee of Speaker Damon.  Ms. Becker is equally passionate about supporting artists and serves as a Trustee for the Institute of American Indian Arts and Culture (IAIA), as an appointee of President Obama.  Ms. Becker is a member of the Nation and lives on the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance with her husband and two school age children.

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