Carly Bad Heart Bull (Bdewakantunwan Dakota and Muskogee Creek) is a proud citizen of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and she lives in the Dakota homeland of Mnisota Makoce (aka Minnesota).
Carly is the foundation’s Native Nations Activities Manager. In this role, she works across all the foundation’s focus areas on their work serving Native nations and communities. Prior to coming to Bush in 2014, she worked as an Assistant County Attorney for the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in its child protection division. She has also taught the Dakota language to early childhood students in South Minneapolis. Carly serves as Vice-Chair of the board of local non-profit and indigenous farm, Dream of Wild Health and she is on the board of Native Americans in Philanthropy.
In 2018, Carly was named an “Unsung Hero” of Minnesota by local media outlet City Pages. In 2019, she was chosen as a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellow, a program for leaders working to make transformational change toward a more equitable society for all.
Carly lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Jay, and their young son, Quill. She loves to cook, read novels and rides horses when she can.