Technical Assistance


Tedd Buelow

Federal Funding for Tribal Communities
Tuesday February 13 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Native American Coordinator
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Tedd Buelow is the Tribal Relations Team Lead for USDA Rural Development (RD). In this role he leads the Tribal team within the Innovation Center’s Strategic Engagement Division that works to increase access to RD's programs for Tribe's, Tribal citizens, and organizations focused on improving the quality of life and economic opportunity throughout Indian Country and Alaska. In between stints at USDA Tedd worked for the CDFI Fund on the Native American Program team. Prior to that he worked for USDA RD’s Community Development Programs as a desk officer for the NW region. Tedd began his federal career as a volunteer with the Peace Corps in the Eastern High Atlas National Park in Morocco.

Kristine Laughter

Empowering Native Entrepreneurs Through Access to Capital
Tuesday April 23 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Director of Kinship Lending
Change Labs Inc.

Kristine has many years of banking experience on the Navajo Nation and in Arizona and is part of our Kinship Lending team. She was part of the team that opened up the Navajo Tech Innovation Center-Navajo Technical University's Business Incubator in 2016, where she was responsible for providing assistance to entrepreneurs who utilized the space. Kristine is Naakai dine' born for Nooda'i dine' Tachii'nii. Kristine is from Kayenta, AZ.

Onna LeBeau

Federal Funding for Tribal Communities
Tuesday February 13 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Director, Office of Indian Economic Development
U.S. Department of the Interior

Onna LeBeau, a member of the Omaha tribe of Nebraska, serves as the Director of the Office of Indian Economic Development (OIED). Onna comes to the Department of Interior as the former Executive Director of the Black Hills Community Loan Fund since 2015, where she had the honor of expanding the loan fund from a solely homeownership focused non-profit to one that provides the community with options for credit building and business development. Onna’s passion for community development started in 2001 shortly after graduating from Northern state university in Aberdeen SD, with degrees in finance and economics. Onna worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Great Plains Region, office of Economic Development, serving as loan specialist for the BIA loan guarantee program from 2002-2007.

Onna wanted to further her experience working with the people and left the federal government to pursue her career in the non-profit world by working at Oweesta Corporation as Lending and Reporting Director. Onna furthered her education at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, where she earned her Master’s in Applied Sciences with an emphasis on non-profit management in native communities and native community development, after which time she spent working at the Great Plains Tribal Leader’s Health Board as Development Director and Partners with Native American’s where she focused on native food sustainability projects and managed the American Indian education fund. Onna’s passion for the people led her to advocate for those who are driven to survive their historical trauma by providing a means to a healthier way of living financially and in a way that further empowers the individual by providing access to technical assistance and loan capital.

Adam Rose

Investing in Affordable Housing on Tribal Lands
Tuesday July 9 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Growth
Travois New Markets, LLC

Adam Rose is the director of partnerships and growth for Travois, a Certified B Corporation focused exclusively on promoting housing and economic development for American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities. Travois has helped clients to develop more than $1.5 billion in housing and economic development projects in 22 states. Adam joined Travois in 2008 and has more than a decade’s experience helping tribes and tribal housing authorities to develop affordable housing and other community amenities. Working with clients, tribal leadership, and community stakeholders, Adam listens and learns about needs, discusses and explores development possibilities with the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, and other gap financing applications, such as grants through the Affordable Housing Program (AHP), and the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program. Adam helps clients to bring private investor funds and grants to build new homes, rehabilitate existing homes and expand businesses and services to help strengthen Native communities. Adam also works with the state and federal agencies that make funding decisions to ensure that tribally sponsored projects can compete evenly with other developments. Adam graduated from Marquette University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a master’s degree in urban planning. He is a Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP), designated by the National Association of Home Builders. Before becoming director of partnerships and growth, Adam served as senior project coordinator and project coordinator for the affordable housing team. He supports local housing efforts as a member of the board of directors for Kim Wilson Housing of Kansas City, KS.

Zakaria Shaikh

Federal Funding for Tribal Communities
Tuesday February 13 2:00 - 3:30 PM

U.S. Department of the Treasury

Zakaria Shaikh serves as a Consultant to the U.S. Department of the Treasury for the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) where, among other areas, he supports Tribal implementations of the SSBCI Capital Program and Technical Assistance Grant Program. He worked on the first iteration of the SSBCI program as an outreach manager and venture capital subject matter expert for Treasury. Previously, he managed state venture capital programs, and held executive roles in strategy and operations for startups and large private- and public-sector organizations. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in public health from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Ken Wiseman

Federal Funding for Tribal Communities
Tuesday February 13 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Management and Program Analyst
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Ken Wiseman is a Management and Program Analyst with the Rural Utilities Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Specifically, Ken is assigned to the Telecommunications Program, and he helps manage programs that provide grants and loans to expand broadband service to rural America. Ken grew up in rural North Carolina and joined the Navy after high school. Ken later earned a Master of Public Administration from Old Dominion University. Prior to joining USDA, Ken has worked in both the private and non-profit sectors holding both executive leadership and policy management positions. He currently lives in Virginia and is very active in his community supporting his fellow veterans and those still serving in the military.

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