Shane D. Jett, Executive Director at Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation (CPCDC) was chosen from more than 120 applicants nationwide to participate in the 2014 Citi Leadership Program for Opportunity Finance. The ten month program, which begins in January, is sponsored by the Opportunity Finance Network and the Citi Foundation.
“I am delighted to be selected to participate in this prestigious program,” said Jett. “Networking with other successful CDFIs and exchanging ideas and best practices among fellow executives is just what our CDFI needs to take us to the next level of growth and expansion. I could not be more excited!”
Jett will join 49 other financial professionals who were selected from around the nation. He will participate in
the Executive Leaders level course along with 11 other executives. Participants come from 21 states and the District of Columbia and come from a variety of CDFIs specializing in sectors like real estate lending, microfinance, consumer finance and affordable housing-finance.
Jett was chosen to represent the CPCDC given his offices ongoing work to finance, promote, educate and inspire entrepreneurial growth and economic opportunities for the CPN tribal community as well as other underserved Oklahoma Native American populations. The CPCDC serves these communities by providing access to a number of services including financial education, access to capital, business development services, innovative capacity building practices and community development.
“Developed by CDFIs for CDFIs, the program supports professionals who strive to lead transformational – structural and systemic – change,” said Mark Pinsky, CEO of OFN. “OFN is excited to be able to offer this unique CDFI leadership program with the generous support of the Citi Foundation, which has supported the CDFI industry for more than 20 years.”
The Opportunity Finance Network is the leading network of private financial institutions which help create positive growth for communities, investors, individuals and the economy. OFN members are community development financial institutions that deliver responsible lending to low-income communities in order to help them join the economic mainstream.
The Citi Foundation is committed to the economic empowerment and financial inclusion of low-to-moderate-income individuals and families. Around the globe, the Citi Foundation focuses its giving on priority focus areas like microfinance, enterprise development, college success and financial capability and asset building. At home in the United States, the Citi Foundation supports neighborhood revitalization program and works with partners and microfinance and enterprise development in order to help support environmental programs and innovations.