Stephanie Gutierrez is the Program Manager for the Social Enterprise Program at Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation. She is responsible for managing and outlining its strategic direction to create an inclusive, sustainable economy built on locally rooted and broadly held ownership that improves the economic security of the communities on the Pine Ridge Reservation. As a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, she is committed in working with and for Native populations to help create positive and long-term sustainable change using the community wealth building framework.In 2014, she returned to school as a non-traditional student completing a Master of Social Work degree from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. She concentrated her studies on American Indian/Alaska Native communities with an emphasis on community development and social entrepreneurship. Prior to her role as a graduate student, she spent 25 years in positions of executive level management, grants management and student support. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Lindenwood University.