Marilou’s heart-centered leadership style is guided by the belief that meaningful innovation and sustaining transformation requires a deep understanding of ourselves, and the communities around us. She co-founded Minnesota Partnership for Animal Welfare in 2009 and Leech Lake Legacy (an animal welfare organization serving Leech Lake Reservation) in 2011. She now serves as Vice President of Community Healing Programs for the Native America Humane Society.
Inspired by her spirit dog Ahnung (means ‘star’ in ojibwe) from Red Lake Reservation, Marilou created a moral compass. Her moral compass was the inspiration and guiding star for the two non-profits she co-founded, and continues to be her guide in connecting individuals, communities, building bridges and creating space for healing.
Marilou was born and raised in Thailand and is Thai/Filipinx. She came to the U.S. when she was 16 years old. Marilou shares her home with her partner and their 3 rescued dogs: Missy and their 2 Leech Lake reservation pups, Legacy and Ishkode. She has a daily meditation, writing and centering practice; she is a certified somatics coach and believes in the power of somatics as a path to embody transformation, individually and collectively. Marilou is committed to holding a vision of a just world where all beings are treated with honor, respect and dignity. In her free time you will find her hiking with her dog Ishkode.