International Day of Hope

Kelly Dennis, Esq

Kelly Dennis, Esq. (Shinnecock and Hassanamisco Nipmuc) works as the Partnership Strategist with Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) to support private-public partnerships with Tribes, Tribal Organizations, and other NGOs in the realm of conservation and co-stewardship, economic development, climate resiliency and adaptation as well as education initiatives including those strengthening Native languages and cultural revitalization. Kelly is an attorney who previously served a full two-year term as Councilwoman Secretary for the Shinnecock Indian Nation Council of Trustees elected governing body. Kelly also served on the first-ever DOI Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee (STAC) and was appointed to be the Eastern Region Primary Representative during her term as an elected Tribal Leader. Kelly received her Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Law with an American Indian Law Certificate after participating in the Southwest Indian Law Clinic (SILC), Tribal Law Journal, and the Native American Law Students Association (NALSA). A cum laude graduate of Middlebury College, Kelly received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science and a minor in Japanese language studies. Kelly is admitted to the practice of law in New York State. Kelly also serves as a board member on the Ma’s House & BIPOC Art Studio, Inc. located on Shinnecock Tribal Territory.