Larry Curley serves as the executive director of the National Indian Council on Aging and as a member of the Navajo Nation with over 40 years of experience working in the aging and healthcare fields. Collaborating with Congress, other branches of the federal government, and national organizations on aging, Larry develops support for programs affecting elder American Indians and Alaska Natives.
He received a master’s degree in public administration and a certificate in gerontology at the University of Arizona. In Pima County, Arizona, Larry’s work as a gerontological planner was instrumental in establishing a county public fiduciary program. In Washington D.C., he worked as a lobbyist to successfully advocate for the passage of Title VI of the Older Americans Act, an amendment he authored.
Larry directed the Navajo Nation’s Head Start program, one of the five largest Head Start programs in the country. He has served as a nursing home administrator for a tribal, long-term care facility, as a hospital administrator in northern Nevada, and as a college instructor at the University of Nevada-Reno and Eastern Washington University.
He was named as the assistant dean of the Four Corners region for the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine. He’s also served as the public representative on the American College of Physicians Clinical Guidelines Committee, and as the director of program development for the Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services in northwest New Mexico.