Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee) is President and CEO of Echo Hawk Consulting. The mission of Echo Hawk Consulting is to help to create new platforms, narratives, strategies and investment that can help to catalyze transformational change for and by Native Americans. It partners with Native American, philanthropic and diverse multi-sector partners to move hearts and minds, and drive institutional, policy and culture change. Crystal founded Echo Hawk Consulting in 2014. She was recently recognized by the National Center for American Indian Economic Development as its 2018 “Native American Woman Business Owner of the Year.”
Prior to leading Echo Hawk Consulting, Crystal served as the Executive Director for the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation from 2009-2014. The NB3 Foundation is a national nonprofit organization established by Notah Begay III (Navajo/San Felipe/Isleta), a 4-time PGA TOUR winner and NBC Sports/Golf Channel TV Analyst. During her tenure, Crystal helped grow the NB3 Foundation from a small grassroots organization to an organization that reinvested more than $13 million to fight the health epidemic facing Native children through strategic grantmaking, health and wellness programming, research and advocacy that benefitted more than 50 Native American communities, tribes and 24,000 Native children.
Working in partnership with Notah Begay III, Crystal and the NB3 Foundation forged unprecedented partnerships with: PGA TOUR stars such as Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler; the Golf Channel; Nike N7; the Oneida Nation of New York; the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; the Shakopee Mdewakanton Tribe; the Robert Wood Johnson; and W.K. Kellogg Foundation to raise national awareness and increase investment in the health and opportunities for Native American children. Notah and the NB3 Foundation received national recognition for its work during this time period which included the prestigious Charlie Bartlett Award and it was a two-time winner ( 2012 and 2014) of the Robert Wood Johnson’s Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy.
Before working with the NB3 Foundation, Crystal served as the Assistant Development Director for the Native American Rights Fund and Tribal Planner for the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma.
Crystal received both her Master’s Degree in Social and Political Thought and Bachelor’s Degree in European History from the University of Sussex at Falmer, England. You can find her on Twitter @CrystalEchoHawk and on the web at: www.echohawkconsulting.com
- Served as a key leader and member of tribal and philanthropic teams that both raised and directed the reinvestment of more than $29 million over the last 10 years in Native American communities and nonprofit organizations.
- As the first Executive Director of the Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3F), worked with the founder and the Board of Directors to develop the organization’s strategic vision, mission, infrastructure, fundraising and multi-faceted grantmaking, research, advocacy programs.
- Led program design and investment of more than $9.7 million in obesity/diabetes prevention and youth leadership programming, grants and research in Native American communities in 13 states.
- Oversaw programs that achieved statistically significant results in the fight against childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes prevention through sports, health and wellness programming.
- Successfully led a 39-year old respected national nonprofit organization through an organizational rebranding process.
- Created and implemented high-profile public policy convening and signature event for six American Indian Tribal sponsors at the 2008 Democratic National Convention to advocate for Native American issues to more than 250 attendees that included members of Congress, national political, business and philanthropic leaders and tribes;
- Participated in leadership team that developed and founded the Pawnee Nation College in Pawnee, OK.
- Featured social justice leader on “4Real” television series (2007) that appeared in more than 144 countries on networks that included MTV, National Geographic Channel, Travel Channel and the CW Network as Co-Founder of NVision;
- Co-Founder and Managing Director of NVision (2006-2009), a volunteer Native nonprofit organization with the mission to create innovative and groundbreaking programs to empower the next generation of Native American leaders to serve as advocates for their tribal communities, social change and cultural preservation;
- Named “30 Under 30 Rising Leaders,” Ms. Magazine, 1997.