Whitney O'Rourke


Whitney is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. She was born and raised in Interior, SD on her family’s ranch located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Whitney graduated from Wall High School in May of 2006. She then attended Weatherford Community College in Weatherford, TX on a full ride rodeo scholarship and to pursue her career in Business. She then transferred back to South Dakota to help on the family ranch and attend school at South Dakota State University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and minor in Human Resources and Marketing in the fall of 2010. After graduating from college, she was offered a position at Lakota Funds to help with the chartering process of Lakota Federal Credit Union which was chartered in the fall of 2012. She served as the Branch Manager of Lakota Federal Credit Union from November 2012-October 2016. In October of 2016 Whitney accepted the Chief Financial Officer position at Thunder Valley CDC where she is excited for the positive learning experience and to be a part of such a great team. She enjoys being outside helping on the family ranch, rodeoing, and hanging out with family and friends.