Joannie RomeroExecutive Director, Laguna Community Foundation, Pueblo of Laguna, NM

    Joannie Suina Romero is from the Pueblo of Cochiti, New Mexico. She is the Owner + Founder of Corn Pollen Consulting, LLC., a Native Woman-owned business providing culturally-responsive strategies for creative community building. Romero serves as the Co-CEO for the Return to the Heart Foundation which serves Indigenous communities all across Turtle Island.

    Romero is the beautiful blending of her Puebloan, French, and Irish Roots. She stands beside her community as a daughter, mother, auntie, and culture revitalizer. Romero holds a B.A. in Native American Studies, a Master of Jurisprudence in Indian Law, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Washington, Tacoma (Muckleshoot Cohort for Native American Educational Leadership Scholars). She is focusing her research on Healing-Informed Leadership Practices through centering Indigenous Womxn and their voices by illuminating the importance of Matriarchal roles as the center of healthy and regenerative economies.
    Romero is also a proud NMCC Native Entrepreneur In Residence Graduate (NEIR) Program.