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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 2:00 PM - Thursday, 14 June 2018 5:00 PM MST
800 Asilomar Ave,
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This registration is for attendees who are funders or investors.
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 2:00 PM - Thursday, 14 June 2018 5:00 PM MST
Asilomar Hotel & Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Ave, Pacific Grove, CA, 9395, United States.
At this convening, First Nations Oweesta Corporation and partners will be working with Native CDFIs to build organizational capacity to access capital (June 12 & 13). We are also holding a special, closed door session for potential funders and investors June 13 (from 2-5pm), where we can organize strategic discussions around focusing capital in Native communities and Native CDFIs. June 14th, we will be hosting a full networking day with Native CDFIs, funders, and investors to learn more about opportunities to bring more capital to Native communities and facilitate a large group networking session.
If you are a funder or investor interested in working more closely with, funding, or investing in Native CDFIs and communities, we urge you to join us June 13th and 14th in Pacific Grove, CA.
*If you are only able to attend on one of the days listed, we welcome you to attend either day that works for your schedule. We also invite you to arrive earlier on June 13th if you are interested in our capacity building efforts for accessing capital in Native communities on behalf of the Native CDFI industry (please email Heather Rademacher Taylor at email@example.com if you are interested in doing so).
Cancellation policy If your plans change and you are unable to attend, please email Heather Rademacher Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org to update your registration.
If your plans change and you are unable to attend, please email Heather Rademacher Taylor at email@example.com to update your registration.
First Nations Oweesta Corporation is the only national, Native CDFI intermediary and supports economic growth in Native communities through the creation, development, and capitalization of Community Development Financial Institutions.
Andrew Gordon is Arizona Market President at Clearinghouse CDFI and is a member of the Executive Team. Clearinghouse CDFI serves CA, NV, AZ, NM and Indian Country in Western U.S. and provides support to Clearinghouse CDFI’s Native American Advisory Board. Prior to Clearinghouse CDFI, Mr. Gordon was the founding President of Arizona MultiBank CDC, the heritage nonprofit CDFI that served Arizona for over 24 years and preceded the new Arizona MultiBank, a Division of Clearinghouse CDFI.
Joel Smith has served as the SVP and Chief Credit Officer of Native American Bank since 2013. He is an enrolled member of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma and has 14 years of experience in commercial credit, lending, and management. Joel worked as a credit officer and credit examiner at CoBank, a $100 Billion farm credit institution, for the five years prior to rejoining NAB. Joel also spent four years working at NAB in credit and as an AVP of Business Development ending in 2008.
Kevin leads the organization’s efforts to champion programs that increase good jobs and increase financial capability for low-income people in the Foundation’s service region. Under Kevin’s leadership, the Foundation is developing and implementing strategic grant-making initiatives. He also is guiding the organization’s commitment to target 40 percent of its annual giving to Native-led organizations and advance efforts to increase mainstream philanthropy’s engagement with Indian Country.
Chrystel Cornelius is the Executive Director of First Nations Oweesta Corporation and has 19 years of experience working in the Native economic development field. She is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota. Ms. Cornelius was also the founding Executive Director of the Turtle Mountain CDFI, in Belcourt, North Dakota and a founding steering committee/Board member for the Native CDFI Network.
After her master’s in applied sociology from American University, Nikki focused on research and dissemination of information to help propel housing policy proposals, legislation, and poverty-reduction models and tools. At the Foundation, she uncovers unmet needs in the Foundation’s region and recommends ways to address needs. She also identifies prospective grantees; solicits/reviews proposals; and facilitates partnerships between the Foundation, grant seekers, grant recipients and community.
Ted Piccolo is the founding Executive Director of the Northwest Native Development Fund. NNDF was founded in 2009 and currently has a loan portfolio of $2 Million Dollars with loans to the Colville Tribe, area small businesses and anti-payday loans. The NNDF has 5 full time staff people and serves Eastern Washington State.
Mr. Piccolo currently sits on the Board of the CDFI Coalition and is a former Board Chairman for the Native CDFI Network and Board member of ONABEN.
Little Fawn Boland (Piro/Manso/Tiwa Indian Tribe of the Pueblo of San Juan de Guadalupe in New Mexico) is a Travois Board member and partner at Ceiba Legal LLP, where she represents tribal governments, tribal entities, individual Native Americans, and businesses partnering with tribes. She has worked on the legal side of economic development projects since 2005, and through this work, she gained direct experience applying the New Markets Tax Credit program in Indian Country.
As Executive Director, Lakota has been involved with all aspects of capital raising and deploying funds to borrowers. Lakota has over 7 years experience raising/deploying capital to low-income, Native American communities. Prior to her role as Executive Director, she served as Assistant Director and supported fund development strategies. Since 2015, she has attracted over $7.5 million to Four Bands Community Fund and deployed $4.5 million in capital to low income, Native American communities.
Robin Danner is Native Hawaiian from Kauai. She is the founding President and CEO of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA), a nonprofit dedicated to supporting Native Hawaiian communities and the organizations that serve them. Danner has extensive management experience in the nonprofit, business and government sectors, including VP of the National Bank of Alaska; Executive Director of an Indian Housing Authority; and Director of Housing for a municipal government in Alaska.
Native American Bank
Administration for Native Americans
Northwest Area Foundation
Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
During this Closed Door Session, funders and investors will come together to discuss challenges, opportunities, and questions about investing in Native communities and CDFIs.
This session will include opening remarks from Kevin Walker, President & CEO of Northwest Area Foundation. Chrystel Cornelius, Executive Director of First Nations Oweesta Corporation, will also address the group. There will also be a presentation on the challenges and opportunities in Native communities by four Native CDFIs and a Social Investors Panel Discussion.
President & CEO, Northwest Area Foundation
The panel discussion look at key partnerships in leveraging capital for projects in Native communities. The "Manatee Tank" will include a panel of funders and investors who will listen and assess ideas from Native CDFI participants.
Discussion on Investment in Native Communities, Challenges, Opportunities, Next Steps
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