Native CDFI Network Welcomes New Board Members

The Native CDFI Network welcomes new board members, Robin Danner (left) and Christopher Coburn (right).

January 30, 2019

We are excited to announce two new board members, growing our governing body to nine seats. Our newly-elected members are Christopher Coburn (Muscogee Creek), the Chief Executive Officer of Mvskoke Loan Fund in Oklahoma, and Robin Danner (Hawaiian), the Chief Executive Officer of Homestead Community Development Corporation in Hawaii.

“Both Robin and Chris come to us with vast skill sets and strong ties in Indian Country. We are glad to welcome them to our team,” says Pete Upton, Board Chair of the Native CDFI Network, and also the Executive Director of Native360 Loan Fund in Nebraska.

Danner was a founding co-chair of the Network in 2009, and saw the organization through its initial stages of development. In reconnecting with the Network, she is dedicated to pushing federal policy to the heights of the industry’s capacity. As a board member, Danner will serve as our Policy Committee Chair and work to develop policy priorities that every Native CDFI can identify with.

Coburn has implemented an aggressive, goal-oriented plan for Mvskoke Loan Fund since he joined the organization in July of 2017. He joins our board with 25 years of management experience serving a wide variety of industries, including consumer and commercial banking, higher education, public utilities, and marketing. During his term on the Board of Directors, he’ll serve as the Organizational Development Committee Chair.

“The addition of these two new seats really rounds out our governing body, creating stronger representation for Native communities across the country,” says Upton.

The Native CDFI Network’s Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse group of Native CDFI practitioners, representing the Great Plains, Mid-West, Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Hawaii regions. All of the board members have a long history of working in Indian Country as well as experience in implementing innovative solutions that increase access to capital in Native communities.

“Our Board of Directors is looking forward to a great year in 2019,” says Upton.


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Webinar: Introduction to the 116th Congress for Native CDFIs

Wednesday, January 23, 2019; 3:00pm-4:00pm Eastern Time

Join us for an overview of the 116th Congress including:

  • new leadership
  • new members and committee rosters
  • upcoming policy priorities

We will also discuss the status of the government shutdown, provide updates on the remaining FY 2019 appropriations bills, and prepare advocates for FY 2020 appropriations outreach, which will kick off in February.

This will be an interactive webinar designed to provide members with ample information on recent happenings in Washington and answer your policy-related questions.

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Leadership Transition

Leadership Transition

Native CDFI Network Board Chair, Pete Upton, addresses the audience at our 2018 Annual Conference & Advocacy Day in Washington, DC.

January 4, 2019

Our Board of Directors has announced a leadership transition underway at the Native CDFI Network. Our founding Executive Director, Tanya Fiddler, will be pursuing new opportunities. We wish Tanya the best of luck in her new ventures and would like to thank her for her many contributions to the Native CDFI Network as well as Indian Country. Tanya was involved with the Native CDFI Network since its original formation in 2009 and saw the organization through several years of growth.

We are proud that the Native CDFI Network has developed into a strong advocate and has worked hard to bring Native CDFIs to the table in regional and national policy dialogues. Our collective effort has been paramount to creating access to capital in Native communities. We will continue uniting the Native voice to achieve our policy agenda, and working to build the capacity of Native CDFIs across the country.

The Native CDFI Network’s Board of Directors is fully committed to ensuring a smooth transition. Our Board Chair, Pete Upton, (Executive Director of Native360 Loan Fund), will actively managing this leadership transition and will be guiding the Network’s daily operations. Should you have any questions, Pete welcomes your phone calls and emails.

Pete Upton
Native CDFI Network, Board Chair
phone – 308-850-0303
email –

As we start out this new year, we are hopeful for what the future will bring and are excited to lead the Native CDFI Network through this new phase of development.