Advisory Board Member
Ms. Cook Macarro is a partner at Spirit Rock Consulting LLC. Ms. Cook Macarro has significant political and legislative experience in Indian affairs matters, having served as a federal lobbyist and advocate on behalf of many tribal clients since 2001. Holly has successfully secured client appropriations for tribal-specific projects, secured legislation protecting culturally significant tribal lands from development by a major energy company, secured legislation transferring BLM lands to tribal trust lands, and played a key role in the landmark reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Recently, Holly was successful in navigating through the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate the first Indian water settlement under the guidelines of the newly created legislative and Administration review process for all Indian water settlements.
Holly has represented clients on such lobbying matters as tribal gaming issues, tribal labor, self-governance, tribal tax issues, law enforcement matters, Indian water settlements, and several client-specific legislative and/or political initiatives that required deep knowledge of both the Congress and the Administration to ensure success. Because of her longstanding and key relationships on Capitol Hill, Holly is particularly adept at managing the Congressional relations for tribal governments and guiding tribal clients in managing their political profiles and priorities.
Prior to joining Spirit Rock, Holly was a Sr. Public Affairs Advisor at Holland & Knight LLP and a partner at Ietan Consulting LLC. Earlier, Holly served as the Director of the Office of Native American Affairs at the Democratic National Committee and in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. While at the White House, Holly focused specifically on tribal intergovernmental affairs and policy matters and coordinated the first-ever tribal economic development conference hosted by the White House. Holly has served as the national co-chair of the Native Vote initiative at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and in strategic and tribal outreach capacities for several Congressional and Senate candidates. Holly has also played a key tribal role in advising Democratic Presidential campaigns for nearly 20 years – helping to develop candidate policies on Indian Country issues and providing political guidance to the campaigns regarding tribal governments.
As a nationally recognized expert on tribal legislative and political matters, Ms. Cook Macarro is frequently invited to speak at tribal conferences and events, including the National Congress of American Indians, the National Indian Gaming Association, the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations, Native America Calling, the Tribal Association of Sovereign Indian Nations, United National Indian Tribal Youth, and has been an invited contributor to the nation’s leading tribal media outlet, Indian Country Today.
Holly also serves the tribal community in a volunteer capacity as the President of the Board for the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), the premier national resource for funding and administering Native student scholarships in Indian country.
Ms. Cook Macarro is an enrolled member of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe in northern Minnesota, where she was born and raised. She is also a graduate of the University of North Dakota with a BBA and the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) with an MBA.