Maggie Dunne is President and Founder of Lakota Children’s Enrichment, Inc. (LCE), a nonprofit that empowers youth in the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota through opportunities in the arts, education, sports, leadership and mentorship. Maggie is a 2013 magna cum laude graduate from Colgate University, where she concentrated in Native American Studies and Religion and received the University’s top award, the Alumni Corporation’s 1819 Award.
Maggie is an advocate for indigenous communities globally and is a frequent public speaker. Maggie has received awards for her service including: 2014 President’s Call to Service Award from President Barack Obama; 2014 Opportunity Collaboration Cordes Fellowship; the 2012 Grand Prize in Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten College Women; a 2012 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. In addition, Maggie was named a 2013 Next Generation Leader by the Women in the World Foundation and was twice awarded Critical Language Scholarships from the U.S. Department of State to study Bengali.
Maggie is a contributing author to the Daily Beast and a Business Mentor for Colgate University’s Thought into Action Entrepreneurship Institute. Previously, Maggie worked as a grant writer for Pueblo de Cochiti Tribal Council, and as an international research intern in the office of Muhammad Yunus at Grameen Bank in Dhaka, Bangladesh.