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CDF-MN Staff

Peggy Flanagan
Executive Director


Peggy Flanagan joined CDF-MN as its Executive Director after eight years with Wellstone Action, first as director and founder of the Native American Leadership Program and most recently as director of External Affairs. She also serves as adjunct faculty for George Washington University’s Native American Political Leadership Program.

An enrolled member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Flanagan has been active in community and political organizing for more than a decade. She is a nationally recognized expert in nonpartisan voter mobilization and civic engagement, especially with Native Americans and people of color. She was named as one of the top 100 most influential people in Minnesota politics by Campaigns & Elections magazine in 2010. Other experiences include positions at the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches and the Division of Indian Work.

An active community member, Flanagan served on the Minneapolis Board of Education from 2005 to 2009, becoming the first Native American and youngest individual to serve on that board. In addition, she has held board positions on the Native American Community Development Institute, Native Vote Alliance of Minnesota, Harbor Theatre Group, Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, Young Elected Officials Network and Sojourners. She is a 2002 graduate of the University of Minnesota and holds a bachelor’s degree in American Indian studies and child psychology.

Flanagan lives in St. Louis Park with her husband and daughter.

Peggy can be reached at pflanagan@childrensdefense.org or 612-799-4705.