Senior Program Manager, Emerging Strategies
Hester Dillon is part of our cross-programmatic Emerging Strategies program. She leads development and management of the Indigenous Communities, Healthy Soils Healthy Seas, and Civic Engagement CPIs. Hester is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She worked as a grant writer for the Karuk Tribe and tutored GED students for the Hoopa Valley Tribe’s Even Start Program. As a Regional Supervising Attorney for the Keepseagle v. Vilsack settlement, she led a team supporting Tribal members to file loan discrimination claims by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At NoVo Foundation, she was an Indigenous Communities Program Officer for over five years. Through her business, 4 Rivers Consulting, she supported Indigenous-led organizations as well as foundations in their work. She serves on the board of Indian Land Capital Company.
She studied Native American Studies and English at the University of Montana, and Law at the University of Arizona.