Ann Marie Bledsoe Downes is Executive Vice President of Community Impact and Engagement. She interacts with all areas of the company, focusing on how the numerous divisions of Ho-Chunk, Inc. impact and are connected to the local Winnebago community. Bledsoe Downes also assists in the development of local housing initiatives and job creation opportunities, working closely with both Ho-Chunk, Inc. and Tribal leaders.
Prior to joining Ho-Chunk, Inc. Bledsoe Downes most recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Economic Development for the Department of Interior, Office of the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs. She has also been Acting Director of the Bureau of Indian Education - Department of Interior, President of Little Priest Tribal College in Winnebago, as well as various positions at the Sandra Day O’Connor College Law Indian Legal Program, National Native American Bar Association, and State of Arizona – Governor’s Office, and the Hoopa Valley Tribal Gaming Commission.
An enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Bledsoe Downes earned her B.A. in Social Sciences Education from Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska and her Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.
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