Kendall Tallmadge

Senior Program 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, then Lead Grants Officer in 2017, and was promoted to Senior Program Officer in 2019.

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 Tallmadge, Senior Program Officer

Kendall serves on the editorial board for Public Historian, the official publication of the National Council on Public History, and on the external advisory board for the Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She also volunteers as a grantwriter for Do Over Dogs foster-based dog rescue, and in her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, kayaking and running.