Peggy Flanagan

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Executive Director, Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota

Peggy Flanagan is a dynamic teacher, trainer, and community and political organizer with over a decade of experience in the progressive movement. She is an enrolled member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. Peggy is Executive Director, Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota. Previously, she served as the Director of External Affairs at Wellstone Action - the country's largest progressive training center, where she created and directed the Native American Leadership Program at the organization. Peggy also serves as adjunct faculty for the George Washington University’s Native American Political Leadership Program.

Named as one of the top 100 most influential people in Minnesota politics by Campaigns & Elections magazine, Peggy has been active in politics since volunteering for Paul Wellstone’s U.S. Senate campaign in 2002. Peggy was the First Americans GOTV Coordinator in Minnesota for the 2008 Barack Obama Campaign for Change and Al Franken for Senate campaign, and served as the Native American Community Coordinator for the Minnesota Kerry-Edwards campaign in 2004. She was elected to the Minneapolis School Board at age 24 becoming the first Native American and youngest individual to serve on that body.

Peggy has served on the boards of several local and national organizations, including the Native American Community Development Institute, Native Vote Alliance of Minnesota, Harbor Theatre Group, Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, the Young Elected Officials Network and Sojourners. In 2008, she was recognized by the Minnesota Jaycees as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans.  She is a 2002 graduate of the University of Minnesota and holds a bachelor's degree in American Indian Studies and child psychology.

Peggy lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Tim and their dog, Reuben.