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MVAA Director elected to executive role with national veterans organization

Director Zaneta Adams


MVAA Director Zaneta Adams was recently elected junior vice president of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA), one of the largest and most influential service providers for veterans in the nation.

As junior VP, Adams is third in command at NASDVA and chairs the legislative committee, meaning she’ll play a vital role in determining what veteran-specific issues NASDVA will present before Congress.

Adams, who started her one-year term at NASDVA on Aug. 17, is the first state veterans director from Michigan to serve as an elected official for the organization since 1975-76 and only the third one in NASDVA’s 76-year history.

“We welcome Zaneta to the NASDVA leadership team,” said NASDVA President Wanda Wright, director of the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services. “As junior vice president, she will use her leadership skills to review, work and make recommendations on veteran issues to the highest levels to include Veterans Affairs and Congress. We are happy to have an individual with such a high caliber of experience working on the team.”

As junior VP, Adams potentially is in line to become NASDVA president in two years. Historically, elected officials from NASDVA move up one position each year, with the junior VP moving up to senior VP and the senior VP moving up to president.

NASDVA was created in 1946 to coordinate efforts for veterans receiving state and federal benefits and to carry out the responsibility for veteran services and programming. The organization represents all 50 states and six territories, with one member from each state and territory voting on the executive leadership team every year.

Adams, an Army veteran and attorney, was appointed director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in June 2019. She is the first woman veteran in Michigan history to be appointed to a governor’s cabinet position.