About Us: Our People – Executive Director

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Lorraine Edmo

Lorraine Edmo (Shoshone-Bannock) has more than 30Ā yearsā€™ experience working on behalf of American Indians and Alaska Natives in the nonprofit and federal sectors. Edmo is the former tribal deputy director of the U.S. Department of Justiceā€™s Office on Violence Against Women, a position she held for 10 years.

Edmo has been director of the federally-chartered National Fund for Excellence in American Indian Education at the U.S. Department of the Interior. She has also served as executive director of the National Indian Education Association and the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC). In addition to leading educational organizations, she also worked as a Research & Policy Specialist at the U.S. Department of Educationā€™s Office of Indian Education. Edmo has also served on the Board of Directors for AIGC, the National Indian Education Association, the Committee for Education Funding and the Washington Internship for Native Students. Edmo holds a BachelorĀ of ArtsĀ in both Journalism and Political Science from the University of Montana and a MasterĀ in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico.