Danielle Forward

Founder, Natives Rising & Product Designer at Facebook

San Francisco, CA / Native American (Pomo Nation, Northern California)

👩 She/her

🎓 B.F.A. Interaction Design, California College of the Arts; AA Global Studies, AA Social & Behavioral Science, Santa Rosa Junior College

😁 She loves Japanese anime and RPG video games, like the Final Fantasy series.

Danielle Forward

Danielle connects Indigenous students to tech careers through mentorship, community building, and networking.


The Natives Rising mission is to economically empower the Indigenous community through tech careers. We highlight indigenous professionals in tech, and provide mentorship, community, and networking opportunities for Indigenous students to connect with Indigenous tech professionals.

Danielle Forward


The First Peoples' Project was an initiative of iEARN, the International Education and Resource Network. The project used new technologies to enable students from native populations in schools on five continents to share the wisdom of their respective cultures.

How can highlighting positive Native American role models in the world of technology improve visibility and economic opportunities? Research and identify Native American contributions to STEM fields by reviewing the websites listed here.

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