Interview #26 Jonathan Zurek | Seneca Nation of Indians Economic Development Company

In this latest edition of “Difference Makers,” NCN sits down with Jonathan Zurek, who serves as Executive Director of the Seneca Nation of Indians Economic Development Company (SNIEDC), a federally certified Native CDFI based in Salamanca, New York. Chartered in 1993 by the Seneca Nation of Indians Tribal Council, SNIEDC is a specialized financial institution that works in market niches that are underserved by traditional financial institutions.

Interview #25 Cindy Logsdon | Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation

In this latest edition of “Difference Makers,” NCN sits down with Cindy Logsdon, who serves as CEO and Executive Director of the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation (CPCDC), a federally certified Native CDFI based in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Chartered by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN), CPCDC provides capital and technical assistance for projects that create a healthy tribal economy through a commercial loan program designed to help Native businesses become more competitive and profitable. CPCDC also assists tribal members who lack financial resources and readiness with business development and planning, financial education, financial management services, marketing, and contracting.

Interview #24 Alissa Charley | Hopi Credit Association

In this latest edition of “Difference Makers,” NCN sits down with Alissa Charley, who serves as Executive Director of the Hopi Credit Association (HCA), a federally certified Native CDFI that serves enrolled members of the Hopi Tribe in northeastern Arizona. Established in 1952 by a group of Hopi ranchers as a financial resource, HCA’s mission is “to enhance the quality of life by providing lending, financial education, and training opportunities for our Hopi Senom to become informed consumers.”

Interview #23 Rollin Wood | Native Partnership for Housing

In this latest edition of “Difference Makers,” NCN sits down with Rollin Wood, who serves as Executive Director of the Native Partnership for Housing, Inc. (NPH), a federally certified Native CDFI in Gallup, New Mexico. The Partnership serves the housing and homeownership needs of Native and also non-Native clients in the Four Corners region in both remote and urban areas. Offering a full range of services, it provides financial education and counseling for home buyers, flexible and affordable mortgage lending products, and quality design, build, and remodel services.

Interview #22 Rjay Brunkow | Indian Land Capital Company

In this latest edition of “Difference Makers,” NCN sits down with Rjay Brunkow, who serves as CEO of Indian Land Capital Company (ILCC), which is based in Little Canada, Minnesota. A federally certified Native CDFI, ILCC provides alternative loan options to Native nations for land acquisition projects. Creating customized, flexible loan packages that suit the specific needs of Native nations and the unique circumstances of their land purchases, ILCC also works with its owner, the Indian Land Tenure Foundation, to provide technical assistance to Native nations as they develop and execute their land acquisition strategies.

Interview #21 Mary Miner | Alaska Growth Capital

In this latest edition of “Difference Makers,” NCN sits down with Mary Miner, who serves as Vice President of Community Development for Alaska Growth Capital BIDCO, Inc., in Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska Growth Capital (AGC) is a federally certified Native CDFI that was founded in 1997 as Alaska’s first Business and Industrial Development Corporation (BIDCO). It was created to promote economic development and job creation by providing loans, investments, and management assistance to businesses, and is a leading provider of business loans utilizing programs offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Interview #20 Jeff Tickle | Cook Inlet Lending Center

In this latest edition of “Difference Makers,” NCN sits down with Jeff Tickle, who serves as General Manager of Cook Inlet Lending Center, Inc. (CILC) in Anchorage, Alaska. Formerly known as NaQenq’a, CILC is a federally certified Native CDFI that was created in 2001 as a social enterprise of the Cook Inlet Housing Authority to address the need for affordable home financing and development services in the Cook Inlet Region of Alaska. It has since grown to offer small business loan products to Native entrepreneurs.

Interview #19 Alana Peterson | Spruce Root

In this latest edition of “Difference Makers,” NCN sits down with Alana Peterson, who serves as Executive Director of Spruce Root, Inc., which serves 23 predominantly Native communities across southeast Alaska. A federally certified Native CDFI, Spruce Root provides local entrepreneurs with access to business development and financial resources in the form of loan capital, business coaching, workshops, and competitions.

Interview #18 Sean Winters | Chi Ishobak

In this latest edition of “Difference Makers,” NCN sits down with Sean Winters, who serves as Executive Director of Chi Ishobak, Inc. Meaning “Big Cabbage” in the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi’s language, Chi Ishobak is a certified Native CDFI serving the Pokagon Potawatomi community and other Native people in Michigan and Indiana that was established to offer products and services to build capacity for tribal citizens in the areas of professional and personal finance.

Interview #17 Lakota Vogel | Four Bands Community Fund, Inc.

In this latest edition of “Difference Makers,” NCN sits down with Lakota Vogel, who serves as Executive Director of Four Bands Community Fund, Inc., a federally certified Native CDFI based on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota whose mission is to create economic opportunity by helping Native people build strong and sustainable small businesses and increase their financial capability to create assets and wealth.