Ethel Billie Branch
Ethel Branch is the recent former attorney general of the Navajo Nation. As head of the Navajo Nation Department of Justice, she oversaw all the legal affairs of the Nation, which spans parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.
Branch previously worked at Kanji & Katzen, a law firm dedicated to advocating on behalf of Native Nations, and helped implement the U.N. Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She also served as a tribal finance associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, co-chair of the Seattle Human Rights Commission, and a board member of the Native American Youth and Family Center and the Grand Canyon Trust.
At Harvard, Branch pursued interests in social justice, Native American rights, and environmental issues. She was co-chair of Native Americans at Harvard College and the Minority Students Alliance as an undergraduate, and later served as president of the Harvard Native American Law Students Association and as a senior editor for the Harvard Environmental Law Review. She has returned to campus as a speaker and was recently featured in the International Women’s Day Portrait Exhibit hosted by the Harvard Women’s Law Association.
“As a director, I want to work with Harvard alumni of rural, poor, Native American, and minority communities to encourage others like ourselves to make the leap to apply and enroll in Harvard. I believe the most meaningful and sustainable change occurs when alumni from our own communities are able to return home to enrich our communities with what we have gained from Harvard.”