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.
Cora Mae Haskell
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.
Kristen Wagner currently serves as the Native CDFI Network’s Programs Director. In this role, Wagner will manage NCN-funded programs and provide capacity-building supports to NCN members.
Dr. Wagner has built her 25-year career with a commitment to building more equitable economies in Native communities across the country and Indigenous communities globally. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of North Dakota and a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. Her work has taken the form of research, program design and implementation, policy advocacy, and leadership training. In addition, she spent the past 12 years in classroom settings, individual mentoring relationships, and as a consultant providing organizational management support and training to asset-building practitioners and advocates to support economic equity in their workplaces, community decision-making processes, and broader institutional systems.
Most recently, Wagner has supported Native-led organizations in fund development, program design and evaluation, and direct delivery of emergency cash assistance and down payment assistance for Native families. Through these experiences, Wagner understands the day-to-day experiences and challenges organizations face delivering asset-building programs in Indian Country. Over the past four years, Wagner has supported NCN as a consultant by providing strategic facilitation and grant-writing services.
As a part-time consultant, Dr. Ian Record advises and advances NCN’s development and implementation of various NCN policy advocacy, policy research, and strategic communications initiatives. Dr. Record joins NCN after working for the past two decades with the National Congress of American Indians and the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy at the University of Arizona.