Jodi Gillette (MPA '02), an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, was appointed senior policy advisor for Native American Affairs by President Obama on April 26th, 2012. By assuming this position, Gillette will become a member of the Domestic Policy Council where she will advise the White House on issues impacting Indian Country.
"She has been a key member of my administration's efforts for Indian Country, and will continue to ensure that Native American issues will always have a seat at the table," President Obama said in a statement.
Previously, Gillette was a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Interior. Before her work in the U.S. Department of Interior, Gillette worked as Deputy Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Associate Director of Public Engagement; in this role, she was responsible for the communication and interaction between tribal nations and the White House.
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