Shirley Sneve as New CEO
Connect and learn more at Tiwahe’s Circle of Giving Event, November 14

The Tiwahe Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of our new president and CEO, Shirley K. Sneve.  Shirley is a longtime advocate and community leader whose experience and passion will further the Foundation’s mission: providing resources to American Indian people to live culturally centered, economically independent, and healthy lives—grounded in sovereignty and Indigenous worldview.

Shirley brings a powerful range of experience to this work. Most recently, as executive director at Vision Maker Media (VMM) she has helped VMM empower and engage Native People to share stories that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of Native Americans through Public Broadcasting. A member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Shirley served as director of Arts Extension Service in Amherst, MA, and the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science’s Visual Arts Center in Sioux Falls, SD. She has been an adjunct professor of Native American Studies and began her career as a producer at South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Shirley is secretary of the Native Americans in Philanthropy Board of Directors.

“I am very excited that Shirley Sneve will be taking the role of Tiwahe President and CEO,” said Tiwahe Foundation Board Chair Amanda Norman. “In her new position, Shirley will continue to exemplify a dedication to philanthropy, collaboration and support within our American Indian and broader communities. Please join me in celebrating our success and welcoming Shirley as the new President and CEO of The Tiwahe Foundation at our Circle of Giving Event on November 14.”

“I have long admired the work the Tiwahe Foundation does to support and invest in Minnesota’s American Indian community,” said Shirley. “I’m truly honored to join the team and have this opportunity to work alongside the Board and staff as we pursue the Foundation’s mission.”

Shirley will start at the Tiwahe Foundation part-time on November 11th, join us at our November 14th Circle of Giving event, and start full time on December 2nd.

For questions or for more information please contact Roger Meyer, Interim Director, at the Tiwahe Foundation
Founded in 1993, the Tiwahe Foundation is a place for giving—and giving back—that benefits the well-being of American Indian people and communities in Minnesota. We are a community foundation of friends and supporters—Indian and non-Indian—who have resources, time, and talents to share. Together, we all work to unleash more philanthropy and generosity that are not only held within every person but also embodied collectively. We think of this as the Circle of Giving—a continuous cycle of success grounded in indigenous culture that recognizes that giving benefits both giver and receiver.