Denny Hurtado is the former Director of Indian Education for the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Hurtado retired from the state office of public instruction in 2013 after a 12-year tenure. In this role, he worked with all 29 tribes in the state and led the creation of curriculum geared towards elementary, middle and high school educators, including "Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State." He also presented workshops and trainings in Indian education, culturally responsive curriculum and professional development.
Hurtado continues to play an active role on the University of Washington campus as a member of the Intellectual House Advisory Committee, as host and facilitator for the UW’s annual Tribal Leadership Summit, and past president and current member of the UW Native American Advisory Board, and advisor for the UW College of Education. He has also spent the past two decades as a plaintiff if the Skokomish Tribe's lawsuit against the City of Tacoma, struggling to end the environmental, cultural, and economic devastation inflicted on the Skokomish River and the Skokomish people by the City of Tacoma’s Cushman Hydroelectric Project. Hurtado previously directed Upward Bound at The Evergreen State College, served as president of the Northwest Association of Educational Opportunity Programs, and was an Indian commercial fisherman and substitute teacher.
Hurtado is an enrolled member of the Skokomish Tribe and a resident of the Skokomish Reservation. He served on its tribal council for the past 19 years, holding positions of chairman, vice-chairman and general council president. Hurtado holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a lifetime secondary teaching credential from California State University - Sacramento. He received his Master’s degree in School Administration from California State University - Humboldt. Hurtado currently serves as co-chair for the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management and Policy's International Advisory Council.