NDN Collective is the most ambitious, systemic effort to empower Indigenous communities in the history of philanthropy.
Jade Begay (she/her), Director of Policy and Advocacy, is a citizen of Tesuque Pueblo and is also Dine and Southern Ute. Jade works at the intersections of storytelling, narrative strategy, climate and environmental justice, and Indigenous rights policy both at the domestic and international level. She has served as the Creative Director and Climate Justice Campaign Director at NDN Collective. Now, Jade directs the Policy and Advocacy work leading programs and projects that elevate policy and advocacy issues that are important to the self-determination of Indigenous Peoples and Tribal Nations.
Jade has a Bachelor’s degree in Film/Video and Communications and a Master of Arts degree in Environmental Leadership. In 2021, she was appointed by President Biden to serve on the inaugural White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council. Jade was named a “Grist Fixer” in 2022 and is a fellow in the Ripe for Creative Disruption: An Environmental Justice Movement Fellowship.