Fawn Sharp

Born:May 20, 1970 (age 54)
Career:President of the National Congress of American Indians, 2019-2023
President of the Quinault Indian Nation, 2006-2021
Education:B.A., Gonzaga University
J.D., University of Washington School of Law

Fawn Sharp served as president of the National Congress of American Indians from 2019 to 2023 and as president of both the Quinault Indian Nation and of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians. In 2021 Sharp became the first tribal leader issued diplomatic credentials.

Sharp was born in Aberdeen, Washington, on May 20, 1970. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice from Gonzaga University in 1990. In 1995 she received her juris doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law. She has certificates from the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada and from the International Human Rights Law at Oxford University.

Sharp worked for the Central Intelligence Agency’s office of national security after her graduation in 1990. From 2002 to 2005 she served on the Board of Governors for the Washington State Bar Association. She was appointed as a chair of the National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform in 2011. From 2006 to 2021 Sharp served as the president of the Quinault Indian Nation of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians.

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