Kelly Miller

Department of Indian Work

Kelly was appointed the Director of the Department of Indian Work in October 2019. She brings strong leadership, on-the-ground experience, and deep relationships to her new position.

Kelly started working for Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul as an intern for the Department of Indian Work food shelf. In April 2016, she became the Food Shelf Intake & Referral Specialist and quickly rose to assume the position of Emergency Services Coordinator in June 2016. Her work has long centered on ensuring that clients’ emergency needs were met, and that they have connections with community resources to help them build economic mobility.

Kelly also serves as vice chair for Saint Paul Indians in Action, board secretary for the Montessori American Indian Childcare Center, on the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Housing Board and Tiwahe Foundation board of directors. She is a member of the American Indian Parent Advisory Council for ISD #623.

Prior to working at Interfaith Action, Kelly worked for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in various administrative roles. She had an internship at Holland & Knight, in Washington D.C., and learned about Native American law and also attended hearings of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

She was born in Waconia, MN, and grew up in Onamia, a small town outside of Mille Lacs Lake Indian Reservation. Kelly attended Fond du lac Tribal Community College, in Cloquet, MN, and is taking courses at Saint Paul College to complete her associate’s degree.

When Kelly is not working, she is busy being a mom to her two young children. She and her husband enjoy going to the movies, shopping, reading, swimming and attending pow wows.

Kelly is an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.