As of 2021, Project: Distributing Dignity is led by a diverse group of students helping other students.
Project: Distributing Dignity was created with the ultimate goal of creating a sense of community between students on and off the reservation.
Founder & CEO
Mackenzie (she/her) is a Sophomore at Colorado College Majoring in Geology and Minoring in Chemistry. She has been volunteering on and off the Pine Ridge Reservation for over seven years. She decided to start a non-profit in 2019 while a senior in high school after learning that many girls on the Reservation drop out of school due to a lack of affordable menstruation products. She began Project: Distributing Dignity as a way to level the playing field for girls so that they have every right that boys have in order to finish high school.
President and CFO
Kara (she/her) is a Michigan State University graduate. She has been a project manager for various non-profits. She has volunteered with the Reservation for over eight years. Through Christmas present drives, clothing, water, and medical food drives, as well as a Prom attire drives (her favorite), she is passionate to help her brothers and sisters on the Reservation. She is also an advocate for the MMIW movement (or Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women). She is the mother of two amazing human beings, and the wife of a wonderful guy who puts up with all of her social activism activities.
Max (he/him) is a sophomore at the University of Northern Colorado. He is majoring in Psychology and is working towards a minor in Business Administration. Max is transgender and understands how important this movement truly is. Max wants to do what he can to help who he can. He is excited to watch Project: Distributing Dignity grow and see what it can do for others.
Tessa (she/her) is a Freshman attending Metro State College majoring in Music.
Julia (she/her) has been a part of PDD since 2019 and has enjoyed her role as secretary. She is currently attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, as part of the Class of 2025. She is majoring in Global Security & Intelligence Studies and is doing a minor in Psychology. Julia enjoys spending time outdoors, with her family, and with her two rabbits. She is excited to watch PDD grow and expand, and looks forward to making more positive changes in people’s lives.
Jessica (she/they) is a sophomore at the University of Northern Colorado. She is double majoring in Anthropology and Environmental Sustainability Studies. Jessica enjoys taking care of their plants and learning new things. She is excited for Project: Distributing Dignity to grow and to help others.