Arlando was raised on the Navajo Nation in a single parent household, alongside traditional grandparents, one of whom was a Navajo Code Talker. In his youth, he participated in traditional ceremonies, such as the Enemy Way Ceremony. Though raised traditionally, Arlando’s family encouraged him to think outside the box and challenge the status quo; following their advice he graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott as the first Navajo (and one of the first American Indians) to do so.
Since September 2009, Arlando has worked for the Navajo Nation Division of Transportation as a Senior Transportation Planner. He was initially hired to work with the 31 Eastern Navajo Communities, all located in New Mexico, along with the Bureau of Indian Affairs – Roads Department, and local MPO’s, on Eastern Navajo transportation planning efforts. Subsequently, he was tasked with improving the Navajo Nation’s airport infrastructure and airport system.
Prior to Navajo DOT, Arlando was the Native American Liaison and Transportation Planner for the California Department of Transportation - District 4 in the San Francisco Bay Area; he also for the City of Phoenix – Aviation Department and City of Mesa – Falcon Field Airport. He gained valuable experience managing multi-modal transportation projects from planes (airport planning at Sky Harbor), trains (BART to San Jose), automobiles (corridor management plans), pedestrians (Safe-Routes to School with Oakland) to marine transport (Vallejo Ferry System)
Arlando is proud of his strong cultural ties and is wholeheartedly dedicated to improving the airport system on the Navajo Nation.
His strong cultural ties are an asset to him and enable him to achieve his success as an American Indian professional.