Pearl Yellowman was appointed by Navajo Nation President Johnathan Nez and Vice-President Myron Lizer on January 15, 2019 as the Executive Director of the Division of Community Development. The Division of Community Development includes Navajo Nation Capital Outlay and Infrastructure Management, Rural Addressing, Community Housing and Infrastructure, and the 110 Chapter Governances. Recently, Pearl was recommended by President Nez and selected by Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham to serve on the New Mexico Tribal Infrastructure Board.
Pearl earned a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership, a Master's Degree in Counseling Education and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from University of Montana, in the Educational Leadership program focusing on Leadership and Higher Education. Pearl resides in Window Rock, AZ. Pearl's traditional teachings include the Ho'zho' which translates into the Navajo Beauty Way.
Pearl provides educational consulting, in the delivery of prevention, intervention, behavioral health services to tribal departments, local public schools and communities. Pearl also provides culturally sensitive awareness trainings. In addition, Pearl provides Qualitative Research Evaluation for the Department of Health & Human Services with the University of Montana.