Robert Lilligren, President & CEO of the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI) since May of 2016, is a citizen of the White Earth Ojibwe Nation. NACDI is an asset-based community development organization promoting the community’s vision of the American Indian Cultural Corridor in South Minneapolis. Robert served for 12 years as the Vice President of the Minneapolis City Council, the first Tribal member elected to public office in the City of Minneapolis. In 2019 Robert was appointed by the Governor as the first Native member of the Metropolitan Council, the regional governing body, and he is past chair of the Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors (MUID), a 50-plus year old Twin Cities regional leadership forum comprised of the executives of some three dozen Native organizations. He serves on a number of civic and public sector bodies, and on the capital campaigns of several Native organizations.