Marilou Chanrasmi

Minneapolis, MN, USA

Session: Building a Framework to Bring Sustainable Veterinary Care to First Nations: Leech Lake Nation as a Model

MLandAhnung_highrezMarilou’s heart-centered leadership style is guided by the belief that meaningful innovation and sustaining transformation requires a deep understanding of ourselves, and the communities around us. She founded Minnesota Partnership for Animal Welfare (a coalition of 30+ animal welfare groups) in 2009 and Leech Lake Legacy (an animal welfare organization serving Leech Lake Reservation) in 2011. She now serves as Vice President of Community Healing Programs for the Native America Humane Society. Marilou believes every voice matters — and through community, authentic connections, collaboration, and the honoring and celebrating of indigenous ways, we can create space for healing.

Marilou shares her home in Bloomington, MN with 4 rescued dogs: Missy and Mister, and her 2 Leech Lake reserve pups, Legacy and Ishkode.