Wenona is a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and she grew up on the St. Croix Chippewa reservation in northwest Wisconsin. She currently serves as the Communication and Development Director at Kids Forward, a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization that inspires action and promotes access to opportunity for every child, every family, and every community in Wisconsin. She is also a vocal advocate for Native communities and communities of color and draws on her expertise and experiences in public policy, advocacy, and non-profits to challenge systems that have historically oppressed people of color—particularly women of color.
In addition to her jobs at Kids Forward, she has served and continues to serve on a number of boards including Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, Community Shares of Wisconsin, and We Are Healers, a national organization working to get more Native American youth interested in pursuing a career in the health field.
She is honored to serve on the Board of Directors of Midwest Environmental Advocates. Her mother and grandmother raised her to honor traditional Ojibwe ways, including a deep and sacred care for the land. She monitors and stays-up-date on the many threats to Wisconsin’s land but would like to play a bigger role and utilize her talents, skills, and voice to care for Wisconsin’s most valuable possession: our water and land.
When not busy working, she likes to visit her family back in Cumberland, Wisconsin, stay up-to-date on politics, go hiking, kayaking, and travel.