Founder and principal of Explore! Community School brings experience and passion for youth development

The Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation is excited to announce and welcome Jon Driskell as its new chief operating officer (COO). Driskell is an innovative leader, teacher, and coach with proven results in education, youth development and program management. He began his career in education as a special education teacher in Cubero, N.M. and is thrilled to return to the state and help advance the work of the NB3 Foundation.

Driskell has worked in youth education and development, trained and supported teachers for the national nonprofit TNTP, served as an educator in Cartagena, Colombia and is the founder and former principal of Explore! Community School in Nashville, Tenn.

As COO, he will oversee internal affairs, manage new and existing programs and initiatives and support fundraising for the organization.

“I am thrilled to bring an experienced leader and educator onto the team. Jon brings depth of knowledge, passion and youth experience to our work, strengthening our ability to advance our mission and champion children’s health,” said Justin Huenemann, president and CEO.

“I am excited to join the dynamic, joyful, committed team that is doing such important work. I am particularly looking forward to supporting opportunities for Native American youth and communities,” said Driskell.

Driskell is committed to social justice, community-informed programming, and opportunities for youth to lead healthy, fulfilling lives. When not at work, Driskell enjoys exploring nature, riding his bicycle, trail running, hiking, camping and reading.