Danielle Hiraldo, a member of the Lumbee tribe of North Carolina, will serve as the American Indian Center's next director beginning in July.
Hiraldo will be the center's fourth director since it was founded in 2006. She is coming from the University of Arizona, where she was a senior researcher and outreach specialist at the Native Nations Institute in the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy.
Hiraldo received a doctorate in American Indian studies from the University of Arizona. She received a master's in public administration and a bachelor of arts in political science at UNC Pembroke.
She specializes in federal Indian law and policy and specifically looks at Native nation rebuilding, native politics and reform at state and federal levels.
Hiraldo said in an email statement that North Carolina has a rich indigenous history and that the Indigenous communities continue to contribute to the state's vibrancy.
"I'm honored to join such a hardworking team at the UNC American Indian Center," Hiraldo said.
Danny Bell, a supporter of and advocate for the American Indian Center, said he is excited about what Hiraldo will bring to UNC.
"She's been involved in a number of discussions of issues important to American Indian communities, and I have admired the way she has handled herself and her understanding of the issues and seeking to find a way forward," Bell said.
Bell said that the research Hiraldo did in Arizona involves many of the same issues the center is looking to solve at UNC, such as sovereignty, recognition and engagement in building the capacity of tribes to engage with partners.