Dawn Knickerbocker, Vice President of Development & External Engagement

Native Americans in Philanthropy Team Member Allie Young

Dawn Knickerbocker (Anishinaabe, White Earth Nation), Vice President of Development & External Engagement

Dawn Knickerbocker (Anishinaabe, White Earth Nation) began her career in grantmaking and philanthropy as a professional nonprofit consultant, grant writer, and project supporter. She worked as a grant-maker in Washington state when she designed and implemented Spokane Arts Grant Awards (SAGA). Dawn recently worked as the Director of Foundation Relations at Antioch College. She was also the co-director of the Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition.

Dawn holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Whitworth University, completed graduate work in social impact from Claremont Lincoln University, and a master’s in arts in human rights practice from University of Arizona.

Dawn is the former elected Chair of the Advisory Commission on Diversity for the most diverse city in the State of Washington, Renton from 2006-2010. She is a published nonfiction writer, poet, columnist, and speaker, and the 2020 Martin Luther King Drum Major for Justice Award recipient.

Her latest anthology, NAVIGATING THE PANDEMIC: Stories of Hope and Resilience, was released in December 2020.  Her collaborative coffee table book, Edible Ohio, is scheduled to be released in 2021.

Dawn resides in Yellow Springs, Ohio with her husband and four sons.