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Sherry Salway-black
board vice president,
Johnson Scholarship Foundation

Sherry Salway Black has worked for more than 40 years in American Indian issues at the American Indian Policy Review Commission; Indian Health Service, First Nations Development Institute, and with the National Congress of American Indians.

She currently serves as Board Vice President of the Johnson Scholarship Foundation, Prosperity Now (formerly CFED), and as chairperson for First Peoples Fund. She serves as a Trustee for the Native American Agriculture Fund. She also serves on the board of trustees for the National Indian Child Welfare Association and advisory committee for the National Congress of American Indians’ Policy Research Center. She has also served on: the board of directors for the Hitachi Foundation; the board of governors for Honoring Excellence in the Governance of Tribal Nations (Honoring Nations) of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development; and the board of directors for the Council on Foundations where she was the treasurer and a member of the Executive, Finance and Investment, Membership, and Governance Committees.

Other past board positions includes First Nations Development Institute and Oweesta Corporation, American Indian Business Leaders, Native Americans in Philanthropy, the Hopi Education Endowment Fund, Trillium Asset Management Corporation, and Women and Philanthropy.

She was appointed by President Obama in 2011 to the President’s Advisory Committee on Financial Capability and in 2013 to the President’s Advisory Committee on Financial Capability for Young Americans.

Ms. Black has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor Degree from East Stroudsburg University where in 2013 she received the Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2016, Ms. Black received a Special Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Congress of American Indians.

She is Oglala Lakota and is originally from South Dakota..

Following Ms. Salway-Black’s afternoon keynote, she will be joined by Baljeet Sandhu for a fireside chat.


Baljeet Sandhu
Innovator in Residence at Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (CITY)

Baljeet Sandhu is a UK human rights attorney, a Visiting Fellow of the Information Society Project at the Yale Law School, and Innovator in Residence at the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (CITY). Baljeet’s core interests span human rights, social innovation, and social and economic justice. She believes that the work of organizations tackling social and environmental issues needs radical transformation, and has spoken widely on the need for inclusive and equitable opportunities for changemakers with direct lived experience of the social issues and injustices we collectively seek to tackle.

Baljeet is an adviser to philanthropists, investors, and government departments, and is a founding partner of the 2027 Project, an exciting collaboration with leading UK organizations seeking to diversify the UK philanthropic sector and bring community power into grant giving. Before joining Yale University, Baljeet was the founding director of the Migrant & Refugee Children’s Legal Unit (MiCLU) and founding partner of Kids In Need of Defense UK, successfully leading a wide range of national and global legal, policy and access to justice strategies to protect the rights of vulnerable migrant and refugee children. She has served as a Special Adviser on the Asylum and Migration Advisory Committee for the UK Children’s Commissioner; the UK Home Office Children’s Asylum and Immigration sub-committee and has also served as an Expert Advisor to the Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants, where she helped shape and inform the design of an innovative funding program for strategic litigation and policy work in the UK.

Baljeet was the recipient of the UK Young Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award in 2011; UK Clore Social Leadership Fellowship; 2017 Yale World Fellowship and is a fellow of the Vital Voices Female Global Leaders Partnership. In recognition of her work, she was honored with the DVF International Award during the Women in the World Conference at the United Nations in April 2017. This year at Tsai CITY, she has launched the Knowledge Equity Initiative (KEI), which will focus on how we can meaningfully and equitably value both lived and learnt experience to lead positive social change, innovation and entrepreneurship.