Colin Kippen currently serves as the homelessness coordinator for the State of Hawai`i. Prior to this position, he served as the Executive Director of the National Indian Education Association, the premiere organization advocating for educational excellence, opportunity, and equity for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students. Previously, Kippen was Executive Director of the Native Hawaiian Education Council where he worked to help Native Hawaiian students get the excellent, culturally-based teaching and curriculum they need for building their own identities in the knowledge-based economy. Before that, he served as Senior Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. A longtime lawyer, Kippen has served as a prosecutor in King County, Washington, a judge for Indian Tribes in the Pacific Northwest, and as a defense attorney representing alleged juvenile offenders. He is experienced in understanding the intersection of education and law, and the school-to-prison pipeline that leads so many young men and women away from achieving their potential.
Former Executive Director of the National Indian Education Association and the Native Hawaiian Education Council, Senior Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and judge for Indian Tribes in the Pacific Northwest
Reception Keynote; Monday 7/21