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2016 Annual Report - Gerald Sherman head shotGerald Sherman
Chairman – CCDFI Native American Advisory Board

Bar K Management – Consultant


Mr. Sherman, an Oglala Lakota, grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. A graduate of Oglala Lakota College, Mr. Sherman is the founding board chairman and first Executive Director of the Lakota Fund. Mr. Sherman also served as Program Officer for Four Times Foundation. Most recently, Mr. Sherman served for nine years as President and CEO of Indian Land Capital Company, and is currently working as a consultant.
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Bob Crothers - Citizen Potawatomi CDCBob Crothers
CCDFI Native American Advisory Board Member Since 2016

Citizen Potawatomi CDC – Senior Commercial Lender


Mr. Crothers oversees commercial lending for Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation (CPCDC). He helps coordinate the organization’s outreach and marketing functions. He joined CPCDC after retiring from the banking industry in 2008. During his association with CPCDC, he has helped the organization grow – from $12 million in ’08, to more than $37 million today.
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David Murray - head shotDavid Murray
CCDFI Native American Advisory Board Member Since 2016

Native Capital Access – Director of Finance & Operations


Mr. Murray brings significant tribal project development experience to Native Capital Access and its clients. He has helped deliver over $300 million in healthcare, housing, community facility, and transportation projects. Mr. Murray holds undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business. Mr. Murray is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota.
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Karlene HunterKarlene Hunter - CEO, Native American Natural Foods
CCDFI Native American Advisory Board Member Since 2016

Native American Natural Foods – CEO & Co-Founder


Ms. Hunter is CEO and co-founder of Native American Natural Foods (NANF). A member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Ms. Hunter has more than 25 years of experience working on educational and economic development on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where NANF is based. Ms. Hunter holds an MBA from Oglala Lakota College, and is well known throughout the Native American community for her local and national service.
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Lenell Carter - Native American Advisory BoardLenell Carter
CCDFI Native American Advisory Board Member Since 2017

IPAI Loan Fund – Business Finance Director


Mr. Carter is the Business Finance Director for the IPAI Community Loan Fund in Valley Center California on the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians Reservation. He has been in the Financial Services industry since 1985 in various analytical, operational and managerial roles. Mr. Carter also participated as an organizing member to fund raise for the Lone Survivor Foundation in San Diego. Mr. Carter’s training includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting and business administration.

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Shawn Nelson - Father Sky Mother Earth ARTShawn Nelson
CCDFI Native American Advisory Board Member Since 2016

Father Sky Mother Earth ART


Mr. Nelson, Turquoise Man, is (Dibe’ lizhini) (Black Sheep) and (Kinya’a a’anii) (High Tower People) Clan of the Dine h Tribe (Navajo). A lifelong artist, Mr. Nelson specializes in working with natural Earth pigments to create fine art sand paintings that honor family and Navajo tradition.
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