Advisory Committee 
Sherry Salway Black 

Oglala Sioux 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.

Jackson Brossy

Navajo Nation


Jackson currently serves as Executive Director of the Native CDFI Network. He previously served as Executive Director of the Navajo Nation's Washington Office. A citizen of the Navajo nation, he has experience as a management consultant for tribal governments and tribally-owned businesses. 

Elke Chenevey 

Omaha 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.

Krystal Langholz 

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.

Joanna Donohoe 

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 Leach 

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.

Kim Pate 
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Beth Castro

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.

Iris Friday

Tlingit 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.

Rebecca Naragon

Poarch Band of Creek Indians

Rebecca is the Economic Development Director for the United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc (USET). Responsible for planning, directing and coordinating economic development programs within USET in addition to developing the foundation work for the USET Community Development Financial Institution (USET CDFI). 

Joel Chastain 

Chickasaw 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.

Michelle Kauhane

Native Hawaiian

Michelle was the deputy director of the State Department of Hawaiian Home Lands before becoming President and GEO Of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement she has over 20 years of management experience in the private and nonprofit sectors. 

Vickie Oldman-John 

Navajo Nation

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.

Cherokee/Choctaw Nation


Kim is the Vice President of NDN Collective, In that role she leads  the daily operation of the organization and plays a important strategic role within NDN Collective, understanding both the long-term goals of NDN Collective as a whole and the specific resources of the various entities and programs. 


Kellie is the Director for the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies. As the  Director she is responsible for program development, recruitment, providing academic, financial, and career advisement, and research development.