The Native CDFI Network is led by a three-person staff and governed by a Board of Directors.
Tanya Fiddler (Cheyenne River Sioux) is the Executive Director of the Native CDFI Network where she is responsible for the overall success of the organization in its service to the Network’s membership. Tanya provides vision, direction, and leadership to achieve the Native CDFI Network’s mission, and ensures that the Network’s members are represented in national and regional policy dialogues as well as capital resource venues to collectively advance systemic and sustainable Native community and economic development.
Prior to coming on board at the Native CDFI Network, Tanya was the Executive Director of Four Bands Community Fund, a Native community development financial institution (CDFI) focused on entrepreneurship and financial literacy development on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation located in north central South Dakota. Tanya served as the Executive Director of Four Bands for 13 years and built the organization from the start up phase into a successful, innovative, and award-winning organization. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Sciences from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and has nearly 20 years of experience working with Native organizations.
Tanya is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the 2007 Small Business Administration “Minority Small Business Champion for South Dakota and Region VIII,” the 2007 “Visionary Leader Award for Outstanding Achievement” in recognition of her impact in the CDFI field, and the 2008 Bureau of Indian Affairs “Entrepreneur Advocate of the Year.” She received a Fellowship in the Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festival in 2008. In May of 2015 she was named as an Asset Builder Champion by the Center for Global Policy Solutions, as well as the Enterprising Friend of Small Business by the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity Women in Business Awards.
In addition to her role at the Native CDFI Network, Tanya serves on the CDFI Fund’s Community Development Advisory Board as the only Native American Tribal Development Representative and was elected Chairperson of the Native Communities Subcommittee for this Board. She is the former standing chairperson of the South Dakota Indian Business Alliance, a group of community partners committed to growing Indian business in South Dakota and serves on their executive team for ongoing state and tribal advocacy in support of asset building and private sector development for native communities.
Tanya serves on the Board of Directors for Mazaska Owecaso Otipi Financial, a Native CDFI dedicated to housing on the Pine Ridge Reservation; She is a frequent speaker and workshop facilitator at regional and national conferences – including a two-time presenter at the Clinton Global Initiative America. She has provided testimony at policy hearings, and continues to be an active voice in Native community and economic development.
The Native CDFI Network recently hired Kim Pate as the Network Coordinator. In this role, Kim is responsible for managing all of NCN’s planned activity and carrying out day-to-day operations within these core areas: Fundraising & Program Management, Membership, Policy, Peer Learning, Data & Impact, and Board Management. Kim plays a principal role in engaging the Network’s membership and project deliverables. In addition, Kim serves as a nationwide advocate, and works with partner organizations, Network members, and policy makers at the national, state, and tribal level to inform and support public policy that advances the Native CDFI Industry.
Before joining the Network, Kim was the Chief External Relations Officer for the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED). CFED is a national economic development nonprofit intermediary organization in Washington, DC. During her fifteen years at CFED, Kim coordinated policy development, strategic partnerships, peer networks, and communication across CFED’s priority areas of work: asset building and financial inclusion, entrepreneurship, federal, state, and tribal economic development, and affordable homeownership. Kim is an attorney who has specialized in representing the interests of low-income women, families, Native Americans, and disadvantaged communities. Kim has been a public speaker, trainer, technical assistance provider, coach, and writer on issues affecting economic opportunity for over twenty years.
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.
Board terms are indicated in parenthesis, and Native individuals are indicated with an asterisk.
Pete Upton (2016- 2018)*
First Ponca Financial
Fern Orie (2015 – 2017)*
Wisconsin Native Loan Fund
Cindy Logsdon (2016 – 2018)
Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation
Cindy Mittlestadt (2016 – 2018)
Community Financial Incorporation
Susan Hammond (2015 – 2017)*
Four Directions Development Corporation
Cora Mae Haskell (2015 – 2017)
Four Bands Community Fund
Krystal Langholz (2016 – 2018)
Board Member, Peer Learning Chairperson
First Nations Oweesta Corporation
Natalie Charley (2017 – 2019)*
Sean Winters (2017 – 2019)*
Lee Anne Adams (2014 – 2018)
Ex Officio Board Member
Liz Lopez (2014 – 2018)
Ex Officio Board Member
Opportunity Finance Network
Ian Record (2014 – 2018)*
Ex Officio Board Member, Data & Impact Committee Chairperson
National Congress of American Indians