Carly is the Foundation's Native Nations Activities Manager. She joined the Foundation in 2014 as a Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow and was part of the Education initiative. She has taught the Dakota language to preschool and kindergarten children in an immersion program in South Minneapolis, provided legal work for a locally based firm specializing in Indian law, and advocated for families at the Indian Child Welfare Act Law Center. After graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School, she worked as a law clerk for District Court Judge Anne McKeig, and most recently worked as an attorney for the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in its child protection division. Carly is Dakota and Muskogee Creek, and she is a proud member of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe in South Dakota.
Carly lives in South Minneapolis with her husband, Jay, and her black lab mix, Hoksida. She loves to cook, read novels and rides horses when she can. During the winter months, she and her husband are curlers in a local curling league.