Dedee Nave, Las Vegan, considers herself a “professional” volunteer and a community development advocate. She has been active in local and state organizations and commissions since 1973. Her non-profit expertise includes long range planning, grants writing, marketing, collaboration building and policy development analysis.
She was instrumental in the development of several museums including the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, the Neon Museum, and most recently, the Morelli House historic preservation project of the Junior League of Las Vegas.
Early in her “volunteer career” she helped to develop the City of Las Vegas Arts Commission. She served two terms on the Nevada State Arts Council; is a past president of the Junior League of Las Vegas; past chairman of the Junior League’s Endowment Fund Trustees; past chairman of the League’s Sustainer Organization; and past vice-president of the Assistance League of Las Vegas.
Appointed by Governor Gibbons in 2008, she is currently serving on the board of Nevada Humanities. In recognition of her service, Dedee received the “Governor’s Arts Award for Service to the Arts” in 1997 and “The Lifetime Community Achievement Award” from the Junior League of Las Vegas in 2010.
Although most of her work has revolved around cultural community development, she served on the Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline as a lay-member gubernatorial appointee for eight years where she spearheaded a joint effort between the commission and the Supreme Court for revisions of judicial discipline procedures that were adopted by the Nevada Legislature in 2010.
A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in English Literature and Humanities from Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri. Her interests include travel, history, cooking, reading and interior design. She has one married daughter, Alisa Nave Worth, a practicing attorney in Las Vegas.
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