Dennis Worden, member of the Coeur d’ Alene tribe, graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in geography in 2006. After graduating, Worden worked as a staffer for Congressman David Wu, where he created a resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of Celilo Falls’ flooding and the impact it had on Tribes. His service also included funding support for wood biomass research, and passage of a bill promoting innovation through federal research and development.
Worden later left Capitol Hill to join the Native American Contractors Association, where he served as the Legislative Director. He is the founder and host of the podcast NextGen Native, which shares the journeys of Native Americans across the United States and Canada to combat the negative narrative often told about Native communities. Worden currently works as a Director in Global Ethics and Compliance for Walmart. He also serves on the board of ONABEN, a Native American economic development organization, and as the Chair of Tribal Voices, a Native American employee resource group with Walmart.