Native Americans in Philanthropy Hires Sarah Eagle Heart as Its New CEO

Sarah Eagle Heart - Alon David Photography

Sarah Eagle Heart – Alon David Photography

Published September 6, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS—Sarah Eagle Heart  joined Native Americans in Philanthropy as its new Chief Executive Officer on September 2, 2015.

“I am humbled and honored to be selected as the new CEO of Native Americans in Philanthropy,” said Sarah. “Growing up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and working extensively with Indigenous Peoples world wide, I know the gifts and challenges of our beautiful communities. I look forward to using this experience to advocate and collaborate with philanthropic partners, to preserve native values and traditions for healthy and sustainable communities.” 

Founded in 1990, Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) strives to power reciprocity and investment in Native communities. The national membership-based nonprofit promotes reciprocity and investment in, with, and for Native peoples to build healthy and sustainable communities for all. The board and staff are thrilled to have Sarah on to continue this work. Her experience working at small nonprofit organizations and corporate tribal organizations, as well as large international non-governmental organizations has built upon her traditional knowledge to understand the essential need for communication, education, mutual respect, collaboration, and advocacy.

“The Board of Directors is honored to have Sarah join the NAP team. We believe that she is the right person to help us build on our first 25 years of service to the Native philanthropy community,” said Shirley Sneve (Sicangu Lakota), Chair of NAP’s Board of Directors.

Eagle Heart is an accomplished non-profit executive, recently working as Team Leader for Diversity and Ethnic Ministries and Program Officer for Indigenous Ministry at The Episcopal Church, New York, New York. The Episcopal Church serves two million members in 16 countries. Under her leadership, The Episcopal Church became the first major denomination to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery focusing programmatic education and advocacy on accurate history education, cultural teachings, healing and asset based community development. She has excelled at activating key leaders from grassroots to corporate level through capacity building – skills she plans on bringing to her new role at NAP.

Eagle Heart holds an Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, San Diego; a Bachelor’s of Arts in Mass Communications, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in American Indian Studies from Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota. Sarah is a 2014 recipient of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s “40 under 40 Award”, which recognizes emerging Native American leaders who have demonstrated leadership, initiative and dedication and made significant contributions in business and/or their community. Sarah is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Nation of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.




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