Beverly Bushyhead

Interim Executive Director

Beverly (she/her/hers) is an enrolled citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (Big Cove Community) and grew up with her tribe on their original lands in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. She is a former Chair of the Urban Indian Advisory Board serving tribes of the State of Minnesota. Since 1993 she has lived in St. Paul, Minnesota near the sacred site Makapaha and overlooking Wakan Tipi. 

Beverly has served the Twin Cities community for more than 20 years through roles in the nonprofit sector, county government, community research and governance. She leads strategic direction and change management initiatives. She is passionate about inclusion of community strengths through collaboration that informs systems to navigate shared power structures. Her leadership is defined by three major styles: transformational community led results, insightful contributions, and collaborative strategies. 

In her personal life, Beverly shares and debates feminist books, gathers with friends for lunches, and is an informal Native American art curator. She shares a painting a day through Instagram. Because she’s raised twins nothing scares her now! Her brilliant adult children live close by and enjoy sharing gaming, theater and music. Beverly has played clarinet since she was 8 years old and can be found in community bands around the Twin Cities. One day she hopes to travel to every reservation on the continent. Bev produces two successful radio shows Messages from the Drum at KFAI and Heart of the Movement at KRSM. Car shows, live music, and singing karaoke are her favorite activities.