OUR LEADERSHIP

Board of Directors

The Native CDFI Network is led by a Board of Directors comprised of a group of dedicated leaders and practitioners within the Native CDFI industry. Members of the Board support the Network’s organizational growth and development as well as it’s working committee structure that is designed to maximize our impact while engaging our membership base. In addition, the Native CDFI Network’s Board accommodates three Ex Officio seats that are filled by seasoned community and economic development professionals who lend their knowledge and guidance to the Network. Native individuals are indicated with an asterisk.

Pete Upton*

Pete Upton*

Chairperson

Native360 Loan Fund
(308) 850-0303

Fern Orie*

Fern Orie*

Vice Chairperson

Oweesta Corp.
(715) 614-4840

Cindy Mittlestadt

Cindy Mittlestadt

Secretary

Bristol Bay Development Fund
(907) 265-7865

Cindy Logsdon

Cindy Logsdon

Treasurer

Cora Mae Haskell

Cora Mae Haskell

Board Member

Dave Tovey*

Dave Tovey*

Board Member

Russ Seagle

Russ Seagle

Board Member

Robin Danner*

Robin Danner*

Board Member

Christopher Coburn*

Christopher Coburn*

Board Member

Pete Upton

Interim Executive Director

Pete Upton (Ponca) is currently serving as the Interim Executive Director of the Native CDFI Network.

Pete is the Executive Director of Native360 Loan Fund, a certified Native Community Development Financial Institution that focuses on entrepreneurship and financial literacy development for Native Americans. Serving as Executive Director since 2011, Mr. Upton has built the organization from its start-up phase into a successful lending organization that continues to experience growth while ever-increasing its community impact.

Mr. Upton has been involved with the Native CDFI Network since it was a grassroots movement. From 2011-2012, he served on the steering committee that was instrumental in the Native CDFI Network’s initial organizational development steps. In 2012, Mr. Upton became a founding board member and served as the Chairperson for the Peer Learning Committee.

As Native360 serves Native communities in three states, Mr. Upton understands the challenges of serving both rural and urban areas in various different jurisdictions. He values strong networks and cultivates partnerships to deliver technical assistance throughout a vast service area. Mr. Upton is a powerful advocate for equal access to capital.