Herminia Frias is the former chairwoman of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe (2004-2007). She was the first woman ever elected as the chief executive of her tribe. She currently serves as the Bush Foundation Partnership Manager for the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy (NNI) at The University of Arizona.
Following her tenure as an elected leader of her nation, Frias served as the Executive Director of Native Images, Inc. in Tucson, Arizona, a non-profit behavioral health agency serving the local urban Indian population. She previously served as the coordinator of the Native American STEM Graduate Program and Grad Horizons at the University of Arizona. She has dedicated her career to helping tribal communities strengthen their governance and improve programs and services in the areas of health, education and community development.
Frias obtained a master’s degree in Public Health and a B.S. degree in Biochemistry from the University of Arizona. She was a Kaiser Family Foundation Fellow in Washington D.C. in 2002, and also served on NNI’s International Advisory Council from 2004 to 2007.