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Change Labs Team

For the past five years, the Change Labs team worked collaboratively to run a virtual business incubator and annual innovation events around the Navajo Nation.  

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Heather Fleming
Executive Director

Heather's background is in design and innovation consulting. She started her career in Silicon Valley and transitioned to the public sector innovation after taking on successful volunteer work. She founded Catapult Design in San Francisco in 2008 and led the company's work on the Navajo Nation. Heather is born for the Bitahnii clan. 


Jessica Stago
Director of Business Incubation

Jessica's extensive background in business counseling and starting businesses on the Navajo Nation makes her a powerful ally for Navajo startups. She runs the business incubator and hand-selects mentors for the program. Jessica is born for the Bitahnii clan. 



Advisory Team

Change Labs has an informal Advisory Committee to support the strategic direction of the Project and its activity. The Committee is Native-led and represents top minds in business, financing, and creative entrepreneurship.


Vanessa Roanhorse
Roanhorse Consulting

Dave Castillo
Native Capital Access

Daniel Vandever
Navajo Technical University

Candice Mendez


Fiscal Sponsorship

The Grand Canyon Trust serves as the fiscal sponsor and incubator for all programs within Change Labs. The Trust provides administrative support to ensure the Project can build a strong foundation.  


Ethan Aumack
Executive Director 

Libby Ellis
Senior Director of Development