As a Chippewa/Cree/Metis, Tessa has dedicated her professional career to serving indigenous communities. She began as a certified counselor at NAYA Early College Academy, a tribal high school in Portland, Oregon. In 2010 she joined Nike World Headquarters within Nike N7, a brand that inspires and enables physical activity for native youth. At Nike N7, Tessa held leadership roles in strategic planning, operations, marketing, sales, and project management. As Wenaha’s Director of Business Development, Tessa manages operational and strategic business planning, marketing, branding, client relationship engagement, and growth of organizational opportunities. In her free time she enjoys doing Native beadwork and designing.