Peggy Flanagan is a dynamic teacher, trainer, and community and political organizer with over 10 years of experience in the progressive movement. She is an enrolled member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. Most recently, Peggy was the Director of External Affairs at Wellstone Action, and before assuming that role, she created and directed the Native American Leadership Program at the organization. Peggy also serves as adjunct faculty for George Washington University’s Native American Political Leadership Program.
Named as one of the top 100 most influential people in Minnesota politics by Campaigns & Elections magazine, Peggy has active in politics since volunteering for Paul Wellstone’s U.S. Senate campaign in 2002. Peggy was the First Americans GOTV Coordinator in Minnesota for the 2008 Barack Obama Campaign for Change and the Al Franken for Senate campaign, and served as the Native American Community Coordinator for the Minnesota Kerry-Edwards campaign in 2004. She was elected to the Minneapolis School Board at age 24, becoming the first Native American and youngest individual to have served on that body.
Peggy has served on the boards of several local and national organizations, including Native American Community Development Institute, Native Vote Alliance of Minnesota, Harbor Theatre Group, Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, Young Elected Officials Network, and Sojourners. In 2008, she was recognized by the Minnesota Jaycees as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans. She is a 2002 graduate of the University of Minnesota and holds a bachelor's degree in American Indian studies and child psychology.
Peggy lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Tim, daughter, Siobhan, and their dog, Reuben.