Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Mashell Sourjohn, MJIL, currently serves as AARP’s Associate State Director of Community Outreach Director of Oklahoma where her focus is enhancing the quality of life for all Oklahomans in areas of Native American outreach, caregiving, hunger, livable communities, financial asset protection, fraud prevention, digital equity, voter engagement and encore entrepreneurship.
She is a current board member of Oklahoma City Indian Clinic and member of the Native American Journalist Association. Sourjohn previously served on the Pottawatomie County Community Market Food Resource Center Board and the Oklahoma’s REI Women’s Business Center Advisory Board. She formerly served on the National American Diabetes Association’s Awakening the Spirit Native American Committee, the Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women Committee, and the New Mexico Shared Strategic Plan for Prevention and Control of Chronic Disease 2012-2016.
Sourjohn graduated from University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Administrative Leadership and holds a Master of Jurisprudence in Indian Law from the University of Tulsa College of Law. She also holds a Diversity and Inclusion for Human Resources Management Certificate from Cornell University, and she is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist accredited by the National Home Builders Association.
She is a graduate of the 2019 American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma’s Leadership Native Oklahoma and is an alumna of the Oklahoma Public Health Leadership Institute. In 2021, Sourjohn was honored with the Oklahoma State University Extension Services Friend of the Extension Award. In 2018, she was awarded the Metropolitan Better Living Center’s Community Service Impact Award. In 2017, Sourjohn was awarded the national AARP Sherrie Gordon Award for Excellence in Multicultural Leadership.
Sourjohn is a proud citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and is of Cherokee Nation heritage. With a matching employee giving program from AARP, she proudly established the Kenneth Sourjohn, Sr. Memorial Scholarship fund via the Muscogee Creek Nation Scholarship Foundation to assist any citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation in their own purpose driven journey and higher education attainment goals.