Dawn Knickerbocker, Vice President of Communications and External Affairs

Native Americans in Philanthropy Team Member Allie Young

Dawn Knickerbocker (Anishinaabe, White Earth Nation), Vice President of Communications & External Affairs

Dawn Knickerbocker (Anishinaabe, White Earth Nation) began her career in philanthropy as a grantmaker, nonprofit consultant, and storyteller. She worked as a grantmaker in Washington state when she designed and implemented Spokane Arts Grant Awards (SAGA).  Dawn is currently the board president 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 the 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. Dawn resides in Yellow Springs, Ohio with her husband and four sons.

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