Vernelda Grant is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer of the San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona. She works primarily on protection and preserving cultural resources in the Apache reservations by building coalitions between tribal communities and neighboring communities outside of the reservations. Her main focus has been grassroots organizing and mobilizing individuals in her community who are passionate about preserving holy grounds and sites that are important not just to the Apache people but also to the history of the United States. In 2004, she was appointed to the Native American Advisory Group for the Advisory Council of Historic Preservation in Washington, DC. In 2006, Vernelda led a White House office of Intergovernmental Affairs to Mount Graham, a site in Eastern Arizona that has caused much tension between the Apache tribal community and the local and state governments who funded the building of the Mt. Graham Observatory. That meeting sparked the beginning of successful partnerships between government leaders and tribal communities, giving the Apache people a greater voice when further development and conservation plans are being discussed. Vernelda was a member of the 2009 Arizona Political Leaders Fellowship.