Shandiin Herrera is from Monument Valley, Utah and is a proud member of the Navajo Nation. She received her bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University in 2019. She graduated as Duke’s first Native American Udall Scholar, the American Indian Graduate Center’s Student of The Year, the 2019 Terry Sanford Leadership Award winner, the Duke Alumni Association’s Forever Duke Leadership Award winner, and a 2019 Champion for Change for the Center for Native American Youth at The Aspen Institute. Shandiin returned home as a Lead for America Hometown Fellow, working as a Policy Analyst and Project Consultant for the Oljato Chapter of the Navajo Nation.
In March 2020 she co-founded Yee Ha’ólníi Doo d.b.a. Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund. In her role as a Distribution Lead, she helped lead COVID-19 relief efforts in her community, serving over 500,000 households on the Navajo Nation and Hopi reservation by delivering food, potable water, cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment. Shandiin is currently serving as the Director of the Tse Bii Ndzisgaii Community Center.