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*
Chairperson, CEO

Native360 Loan Fund

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Cindy Mittlestadt
Secretary

National Center for American Indian
Enterprise Development

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Cindy Logsdon
Treasurer

Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation

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Russ Seagle
Board Member

Sequoyah Fund

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Dave Tovey*
Board Member

Nixyaawii Community Financial Services

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Rolina Faagai*
Board Member

Homestead Community Development Corporation

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Rollin Wood*
Board Member

Native Partnership for Housing

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Staff Members

Pete Upton

CEO/Chairperson

In addition to serving as NCN’s CEO/Chairperson, Pete Upton (Ponca Tribe of Nebraska) 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. 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.

In 2023, Upton led the Native CDFI Network in a groundbreaking effort to catalyze clean energy infrastructure development in Native communities nationwide. The Native CDFI Network, in a historic bid, submitted a comprehensive application to the Clean Communities Investment Accelerator, seeking several hundred million dollars to finance clean energy projects in Native communities through a collaborative effort involving 63 certified Native community development financial institutions and other qualified lenders across all 10 EPA regions.

Serving as Executive Director of Native360 Loan Fund 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. 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

National Program Director

Kristen Wagner serves as the Native CDFI Network’s National Program Director. In this role, Wagner manages NCN-funded programs, NCN Membership Programs, and oversees the design and delivery of capacity-building supports to NCN members. Dr. Wagner built her 25-year career with a commitment to building more equitable economies in Native communities across the country and Indigenous communities globally.

Wagner 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 15 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.Through these experiences, Dr. Wagner understands the day-to-day experiences and challenges organizations face delivering asset-building programs in Indian Country.

Shauntel Hogan

National Communications Director

Shauntel Hogan (Ponca Tribe Of Nebraska) serves as Communications Director. Mrs. Hogan advises and advances the development and implementation of NCN’s strategic communication initiatives. She also creates and coordinates NCN’s branding and storytelling processes that will support advocacy efforts on behalf of Native CDFIs.

Hogan graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Finance and minor in Native American studies. Her background in the banking and housing industries will serve as a complement to NCN’s mission and strategic objectives.