About Sacred Grounds Café
A Tlingit & Haida Owned & Operated Company
Sacred Grounds Café is not just about making great coffee, it’s about serving the greater community.
Founded in 2017, Sacred Grounds Café is a social enterprise owned and operated by the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. It was developed through the Tribe’s Business & Economic Development department whose mission is to develop and promote sustainable business and economic opportunities for the Tribe, its businesses, citizens, and Southeast communities.
Sacred Grounds Leadership
Melissa Jensen was promoted to the Café Manager in April 2019. She joined the Sacred Grounds team in 2018 as a Barista. As Café Manager, Melissa oversees the hiring and training of new baristas and works directly with Business & Economic Development staff. “I’ve always loved making coffee and I’m thrilled to be a part of Sacred Grounds and assist with our continued growth,” shared Melissa. “Not only are these my favorite coffee shops, but this is where my family, my friends and my home are. I am thankful for the opportunity and look forward to bringing our team to the next level.”
Melissa is the daughter of Marilyn Joslyn, granddaughter of Gloria Johns and great-granddaughter of Phyllis Varelman. She is Tlingit and Navajo and from the Eagle-Kaagwaantaan clan of the House with Two Doors. During her free time, Melissa enjoys going outdoors, reading and working on her bead loom.