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Peggy Flanagan

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Peggy Flanagan joined Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota as its executive director in 2013. Prior to that, she spent eight years with Wellstone Action, first as director and founder of the Native American Leadership Program and then as director of external affairs. Flanagan also serves as adjunct faculty for George Washington University’s Native American Political Leadership Program. A citizen of the White Earth Nation 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. Other experiences include positions at the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches and the Division of Indian Work. Flanagan lives in St. Louis Park, Minn., with her husband, Tim, and daughter, Siobhan.