Tanya FiddlerCheyenne River Sioux
Tanya is the Executive Director of the Native CDFI Network (NCN), a national network of Native CDFIs in which she co-founded in 2009. NCN advances policy for Native inclusion and economic opportunity, promoting access to capital and peer learning for Native CDFIs.
Kim PateCherokee/Choctaw Nation
Kim is the Network Coordinator at NCN and brings strategic partnership development, fundraising, policy advocacy, communications and event planning expertise event planning expertise to the core of business for NCN’s Peer Learning, Data & Impact and Policy, Fundraising, and Board Management.
Director of Branch Operations and Regional Outreach Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. With 35 years of experience she established and administers an American Indian Internship program for high school graduates providing mentoring, career development training, financial literacy training and job experience to up and coming youth from native communities.
Sherry Salway BlackOglala Lakota Tribe
Sherry has over 40 years experience with American Indian Policy Review Commission, Indian Health Service, First Nations Development Institute, and the National Congress of American Indians. Her experience includes nonprofit management, business/economic development, health care administration, and philanthropy.
Kitcki CarrollCheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma
Kitcki serves as the Executive Director at United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET). Kitcki has done prior work with the tribal government and not-for-profit work throughout Indian country. He also has served on various panels, task forces, boards, and advisory groups.
Joel ChastainChickasaw Nation
Joel is the Senior Manager at the Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce and Board Member for Tribal Institute of Data and Economic Analysis. Joel has experience in organizational analytics, strategic planning, policy, organizational development, economic development, and project management.
Elke CheneveyOmaha Tribe
Elke specializes in investment consulting and is the Senior Financial Advisor in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Global Wealth Management Group in San Diego. She has worked in the financial services industry for over 30 years. Elke serves on the Advisory Board of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California.
Sarah is the Senior Director of Research, Policy, and Asset-Building Programs at First Nations Development Institute. She has been managing a wide range of programs that are related to financial empowerment within Indian Country. Sarah coordinates research, policy, and evaluation activities to further educate about asset-based community development.
Joanna is a partner of the Seven Sisters Community Development Group, LLC. She has over 25 years experience working with national intermediaries, local nonprofits, lenders, community development financial institutions (CDFIs), federal, state, and tribal government agencies on banking, housing, and community development issues.
Jennifer is the Assistant Director at the Federal Trade Commission in the Division of Consumer and Business Education. Previously, she was the Consumer Education Specialist at the FCC and focused on financial literacy awareness.
Michelle KauhaneNative Hawaiian
Michelle is the President of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, she has over 20 years of management experience in the private and nonprofit sectors. Michelle is an advocate for Native Hawaiian issues and has extensive knowledge in affordable housing lending, financial education, and community development.
Krystal is the Chief Operating Officer at First Nations Oweesta, overseeing all programming including the Financial Education and Asset Building and Capacity Building programs for Oweesta. Krystal is an advocate for Native CDFI’s and has worked alongside Native communities to educate about asset-building, community development, and financial education.
Vickie is the Co-Manager at Seven Sisters Community Development Group. With over 18 years of experience, she specializes in strategic planning, board development, leadership training, team building, asset building, and executive coaching. Vickie is also a former Director of Financial Education at First Nations Oweesta Corporation.
Iris FridayTlingit Tribe
Iris is a founding member of the Native Action Network, a grassroots organization dedicated to increase civic participation, leadership, political empowerment, and highlighting community issues. Iris currently works at the Housing for Urban Development Northwest Office of Native American Programs.
Molly TovarComanche Tribe/Hispanic
Molly is the Director of American Indian Studies Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis. She is dedicated to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration, curriculum and professional development, community outreach, and advance the center’s mission to educate scholars who are committed to addressing issues within Indian Country.
Beth is the District Community Affairs Officer at Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). She serves as an expert on community development banking activities, OCC regulatory policies regarding Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), qualified investments and community development lending, and services for national banks and federal savings associations.