EDTalks: Knowing Where We Come From Determines Where We’re Going By Jeff Achen | November 20, 2015 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Education Subscribe to Education Follow this author Peggy Flanagan joined Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota as its executive director in 2013. A citizen of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe, Peggy was the first Native American and youngest person ever elected to serve on the Minneapolis Board of Education (2005-2009). She co-chairs Mayor Betsy Hodges’ Cradle to K Cabinet and has served on Governor Mark Dayton’s Task Force on Child Protection. A nationally-recognized expert on civic engagement, Peggy was chosen by Campaigns & Elections magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in Minnesota politics. EDTalks is presented by AchieveMpls and The Citizens League in partnership with Young Education Professionals – Twin Cities, Young Professionals of Minneapolis, Bush Foundation and the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder. This EDTalks was presented on September 21, 2015. Learn more about EDTalks and AchieveMpls at http://www.achievempls.org/EDTalksMN. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.