Jennifer Van der Heide is the Director of the Washington Office of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, where she was previously a tribal attorney. Jennifer previously served as the Chief of Staff to Congressman Mike Honda for 16 years. In her role, she liaised with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congressional Progressive Caucus, and the Democratic National Committee. Earlier in her career, Van der Heide became interested in tribal law on account of her familiarity with Native American issues as a native Minnesotan as well as an inspirational law school professor. Jennifer has a B.A. in international relations from Tufts University and her J.D. from Hastings College.