Kendall Tallmadge

Lead Grants Officer

Kendall is an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and grew up in the tourist destination of Wisconsin Dells. She joined First Nations as a Program Officer in May 2014, became Grants and Program Officer in February 2016, and then Lead Grants Officer in 2017.

Prior to joining First Nations, Kendall worked primarily in the museum field and focused on improving relationships between museums and Native communities. She also promoted Indigenous self-representation and curation techniques. Kendall served as the Harvey Branigar, Jr. Native intern at the Indian Arts Research Center from 2009-2010, and as the James E. Webb business intern at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in 2012. Kendall holds a Master of Business Administration degree, and a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology, from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her M.A. thesis focused on the history and impacts that cultural tourism had on her tribe and on the non-Native residents of Wisconsin Dells. She received a B.A. in Anthropology from Beloit College in 2009, with a minor in Museum Studies. 

Kendall seeks to be an engaged member of the Denver nonprofit community and currently serves as a volunteer grantwriter for Do Over Dogs foster-based dog rescue and is on the membership committee for Denver Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, kayaking and running.


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July 25, 2014

White House and USDA to Honor Champions of Change for Agriculture

Native Arts Capacity Building Initiative

The goal of the Native Arts Capacity Building Initiative (NACBI) is to increase the organizational, managerial and programmatic capacity of Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs supporting the field of Native arts and artists

Advancing Positive Paths for Native American Boys & Young Men

The “Advancing Positive Paths for Native American Boys and Young Men” program is aimed at improving education and employment outcomes for middle school and high school Native boys and young men.

Training: "Building Native Communities: Financial Coaching with Families"

December 11-13, 2018
Boulder, Colorado


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