Carla Cheney identifies as a transnational, multicultural, multilingual woman of color. She grew up exposed to cultures from all over the world which increased her love for traditional storytelling, her love for learning, and her love for social justice.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in History and International Studies from the University of South Dakota. She then went on to pursue her master’s degree in National and Transnational Studies: Literature, Language, and Culture from the Muenster University in Germany. Carla hoped to work on human rights issues and human trafficking issues within a global macro level, but she quickly realized that her strength lies in working directly with individuals in communities. She then earned a second master’s degree in social work with an emphasis on rural Indigenous communities from Humboldt State University. She went on to work as a tribal social worker for three different Tribes before transitioning into non-profit work.
As a woman with Indigenous ancestry from her Peruvian mother’s side, Carla is deeply committed to supporting Indigenous women and families that have experienced violence or have lost family members through violence. She hopes to bring understanding of intergenerational trauma, the deep impacts of colonialism, as well as the disruptions that extractive industries continue to cause within Indigenous communities globally.