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Kimberly Silentman-Kanuho

School of Geog Sci & Urban Pln
Academic Assoc
Academic Professional, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5302

Kim Kanuho is the President of Fourth World Design Group LLC (FWDG) and a member of the Navajo Nation born for the Tábąąhí (Water's Edge People) and Tódích'íinii (Bitter Water People) clan originally from Fort Defiance, AZ.  FWDG is a Native woman-owned community planning consulting firm based in Gilbert, AZ.  FWDG is dedicated to assisting Tribal Nations with their diverse community and economic development planning initiatives.  Kim has over ten years of experience working with Tribal Nations in the planning, design and construction field.  Mrs. Kanuho is an alumna of Arizona State University’s College of Design, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning and a Master in Urban & Environmental Planning (MUEP).  Mrs. Kanuho actively serves on the Diné Development Corporation Board of Directors, Construction in Indian Country Advisory Council and recently received the American Indian Business of the Year Award (Class 1) from the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Arizona. Growing up on the Navajo Nation, Kim is passionate about utilizing her education, experience and cultural teachings to promote positive community and economic development planning for the future growth and development toward creating self-sustaining Tribal Nations. Most recently, Mrs. Kanuho has also began teaching as a Faculty Associate within the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University.

Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PUP 494Special Topics
AIS 494Special Topics
PUP 598Special Topics
AIS 598Special Topics
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PUP 580Practicum
Honors / Awards: 

2019 Small Business of the Year, American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Arizona

2017 Emerging Leaders, US Small Business Administration


Professional Associations: 

American Planning Association

American Planning Association Arizona Chapter