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Keely Linton
Executive Director, Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition, Inc.


Keely Linton is an Íipay and Cupeno Native from the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians. She is a single parent of two children. She currently lives and works within her community. Keely obtained her Bachelors in Science degree from California State University, San Marcos. She began her career in domestic violence and sexual assault while working for the Indian Health Council, Inc. During her 10 years at the Indian Health Council, Inc. her time was devoted to working in collaborations outside the native community. She spent 6 years as the Coordinator for the North County Family Violence Prevention Center, a multi-agency collaboration, serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault working with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the San Diego County District Attorney’s office, and tribal governments. Keely provides community education on domestic violence and sexual assault. Including training service providers and other professionals. She provides a cultural competency course to assist those working within the Native American population. She is the Chairperson for the Judicial Council of the Intertribal Court of Southern California and the Board of Directors for North County Abuse Prevention Services. Keely currently works as the Executive Director for the Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition and is devoted to her community to assist with the reduction in family violence and hopes to make policy changes within the local tribal governments she serves to better protect our families.