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  • Served as a key leader and member of tribal and philanthropic teams that both raised and directed the reinvestment of more than $29 million over the last 10 years in Native American communities and nonprofit organizations.
  • As the first Executive Director of the Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3F), worked with the founder and the Board of Directors to develop the organization’s strategic vision, mission, infrastructure, fundraising and multi-faceted grantmaking, research, advocacy programs.
  • Led program design and investment of more than $9.7 million in obesity/diabetes prevention and youth leadership programming, grants and research in Native American communities in 13 states.
  • Oversaw programs that achieved statistically significant results in the fight against childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes prevention through sports, health and wellness programming.
  • Successfully led a 39-year old respected national nonprofit organization through an organizational rebranding process.
  • Created and implemented high-profile public policy convening and signature event for six American Indian Tribal sponsors at the 2008 Democratic National Convention to advocate for Native American issues to more than 250 attendees that included members of Congress, national political, business and philanthropic leaders and tribes;
  • Participated in leadership team that developed and founded the Pawnee Nation College in Pawnee, OK.
  • Featured social justice leader on “4Real” television series (2007) that appeared in more than 144 countries on networks that included MTV, National Geographic Channel, Travel Channel and the CW Network as Co-Founder of NVision;
  • Co-Founder and Managing Director of NVision (2006-2009), a volunteer Native nonprofit organization with the mission to create innovative and groundbreaking programs to empower the next generation of Native American leaders to serve as advocates for their tribal communities, social change and cultural preservation;
  •  Named “30 Under 30 Rising Leaders,” Ms. Magazine, 1997.

Major Accomplishments

Crystal Echo Hawk, a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, is President and CEO of Echo Hawk Consulting. Echo Hawk Consulting advises number of philanthropic clients on grantmaking, program development, research, communications, strategic partnerships and policy change strategies. Areas of expertise include: Charitable giving and grantmaking in Indian Country, Native American food sovereignty, nutrition, health, early childhood development, revitalization of Native languages, and issues related to the protection of tribal sovereignty, spiritual and cultural life ways and Native American youth.  

Echo Hawk Consulting is also co-leading an unprecedented national initiative, Reclaiming Native Truth: A Project to Dispel America’s Myths and Misconceptions.  The project will develop public opinion research and a national strategy to tackle misconceptions, stereotypes, and the invisibility and false narratives about Native Peoples within mainstream media, government and American society. Native Americans will be empowered to begin to change the hearts and minds of policymakers, institutions and society to achieve policy changes and increased equity and inclusion that will improve the lives of Native peoples. Ultimately, the project will drive a multi-year strategy and campaign that will catalyze key federal and state policy changes ranging from health care, education disparity, food justice, and criminal justice reform to issues of sovereignty and natural resource exploitation.   

Prior to leading Echo Hawk Consulting, Crystal served as the Executive Director for the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation from 2009-2014, a national nonprofit organization established by 4-time PGA TOUR winner and NBC Sports/Golf Channel TV Analyst Notah Begay III. During her tenure, Crystal helped grow the NB3 Foundation from a small grassroots organization to an organization that has reinvested more than $9.7 million to fight the health epidemic facing Native children through strategic grantmaking, health and wellness programming, technical assistance, research and advocacy that benefitted more than 50 Native American communities, tribes and 24,000 Native children and families in 13 states.  

Before working with the NB3 Foundation, Crystal served as the Assistant Development Director for the Native American Rights Fund and Tribal Planner for the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. Crystal received both her Masters Degree in Social and Political Thought and Bachelors Degree in European History from the University of Sussex at Falmer, England.