Kristi Coker-Bias currently serves as Senior Advisor for Development and Programs for First Nations Oweesta Corporation, which is a subsidiary of the First Nations Development Institute. Kristi has over 16 years of extensive economic and community development experience. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – Municipal Management from the University of Central Oklahoma and obtained Advance Professional Certifications from the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma.
As the founding Executive Director of the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation, Kristi raised over $21 million dollars to address the lack of access to capital and business development services within Indian Country. Under Kristi’s direction, the organization made over $22 million in loans to Native American entrepreneurs, which created 930 jobs in Indian Country in an eight-year timeframe. Her comprehensive organizational development skills and program implementation led to many honors, including: High Honors Award from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government – Honoring Contributions in the Governance of American Indian Nations Program; Circle of Honor Award & Visionary Leader Award by First Nations Oweesta Corporation and Opportunity Finance Network; Oklahoma Minority Business Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration; Wachovia NEXT Award for Opportunity Finance for achieving a high volume of community outcomes and the Economic Development Partnership Award for her work with Seminole State College from the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education. [Source: Zoominfo]