Nick Tilsen

Executive Director Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation

Nick Tilsen is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the founding executive director of the Thunder Valley CDC. Nick has over 11 years of experience in working with nonprofit organizations and tribal nations on projects that have a social mission. Nick is also currently the project director for Oyate Omnicye, a process funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Sustainable Housing & Communities to create a reservation-wide plan for sustainable development for the Oglala Lakota Nation. In 2012 Tilsen was recognized by President Barack Obama at the White House Tribal Nations Conference saying that “day by day, family by family, community by community, Nick and his non-profit have helped inspire a new beginning for Pine Ridge.”