(Pueblo of Cochiti)
Joannie Romero is the Executive Director for the Laguna Community Foundation based within the Pueblo of Laguna, New Mexico. For the past eighteen years, Romero (Pueblo of Cochiti) has served in various community-based roles that include administrator, teacher, grant writer, and business owner. She is the founder of Corn Pollen Consulting, LLC, which is a Native American, Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) dedicated to providing culturally-responsive strategies to solve the educational, political, and social justice issues facing Indian Country in the 21st century.
Romero’s academic portfolio began at the University of New Mexico where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Native American studies. In 2017, Romero earned a Master of Jurisprudence in Indian Law Degree from the University of Tulsa, College of Law. Currently, Romero is a doctoral student at the University of Washington where she is pursuing an Ed.D in Educational Leadership. She also serves on the New Mexico-based Native American Relief Fund Advisory Committee which was created in April 2020 to provide philanthropic support in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Romero is a daughter, a wife, and a mother to four brilliant children. She is committed to the lifelong pursuit of giving back to Indigenous communities through scholarship and philanthropy.