Sarah Oquist portrait

Sarah Oquist

Board chair, Woodlands National Bank


Sarah Oquist is the first woman and first Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe (MLBO) tribal member to serve as board chair of Onamia-based Woodlands National Bank, which MLBO owns via a holding company it operates. Before joining the board in 2015, Oquist was a commercial banking lawyer at Faegre Baker Daniels. She is now a practicing attorney,
national speaker, and corporate director.

In 2020, Oquist’s operational, strategic, and relationship-building insights helped the bank and the communities it serves navigate the pandemic and civil unrest. In this regard, she has been a leader both on the board and in the community. Oquist also won the Distinguished Alumna Award from Lyon College this year for her professional success.