Partnering with Indigenous Communities to Catalyze NM Capital

Let’s be real. We know there is not enough philanthropic investment, resources and capital dollars, going to Native-led organizations or Native Nations. This was made very clear with the most recent publication from Native Americans in Philanthropy and Candid’s, “Investing in Native American Communities: Philanthropic Funding for Native American Communities and Causes.” Expanding on the recommendations and learning in this report, this panel will discuss why catalyzing capital into Native communities in New Mexico is not only making real impacts addressing some of the most challenging social, economic and political challenges, but that they are being addressed from a strength-based and indigenous knowledge foundation. And it’s working.

Panelists will share how they are working to increase capital to indigenous communities through community engagement, policy development, research, evaluation and grantmaking and how philanthropy can be better partners to support Native-led solutions. Following the panel, participants will self-select into smaller breakout sessions led by the panelists.


Vanessa Roanhorse, Chief Executive Officer, Roanhorse Consulting LLC

Vanessa Roanhorse, CEO, got her management chops working for 7 years at a Chicago-based nonprofit, the Delta Institute, focused throughout the Great Lakes region to build a resilient environment and economy through creative, sustainable, market-driven solutions. Vanessa oversaw many of Delta’s on-the-ground energy efficiency, green infrastructure, community engagement programs, and workforce development training. Vanessa is a 2019 Village Capital Money Matters Advisory Board Member, 2019 SXSW Pitch Advisor, sits on the local Living Cities leadership table, is a Startup Champions Network member, is an Advisor for emerging Navajo incubator, Change Labs, Advisor for Native Entrepreneurship in Residence Program, and is a board member for Native Community Capital, a native-led CDFI. She is a co-founder of Native Women Lead, an organization dedicated to growing native women into positions of leadership and business. Her academic education is in film from the University of Arizona but her professional education is from hands-on experience leading local, regional and national initiatives. Vanessa is Navajo living in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Jaime Gloshay, MPA, Program Manager, Roanhorse Consulting, LLC, Co-Founder of Native Women Lead

Jamie Gloshay, Program Manager, administers Roanhorse Consulting, LLC’s diverse initiatives focused on thoughtful access to capital within Indian Country. Before joing RCLLC, she was a Community Loan Officer at Accion New Mexico, establishing their native lending program. Jaime is an Opportunity Finance Network fellow, a national fellowship, with the goal of ensuring equitable investment in underserved and disenfranchised communities in the Community Development Financial Institiute (CDFI) industry. Jaime currently serves on Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s New Mexico 2020 (Statewide) Complete Count Commission and is a Co-Founder of Native Women Lead, an organization dedicated to supporting and growing Native American women entrepreneurs and leaders. Jaime holds a Bachelor of Arts in Native American Studies and a Master’s in Public Administration with a focus on Nonprofit Management from the University of New Mexico. Prior to her work in the CDFI industry, Ms. Gloshay was a Local Census Office Manger on the Navajo Nation in which she oversaw recruiting, hiring, training and implantation of over 2500 field and office employees on the Navajo Nation for the 2010 Decennial Census, Jaime from the Navajo, White Mountain Apache, and Kiowa nations and living in Albuquerque, NM.

Olivia Roanhorse,MPH, Director, Roanhorse Consulting, LLC

Olivia Roanhorse, MPH, Director, provides leadership and oversight of key policy, research and evaluation projects. Prior to joining RCLLC, Olivia was the Vice President of Programs for Notah Begay III Foundation for seven years where she oversaw the strategic and operational responsibilities for all program areas. Before returning to New Mexico in 2012, Olivia held several health program and policy positions in Chicago. She was a Policy Associate at the Ounce of Prevention Fund; a Project Coordinator for RWJF National Project: Finding Answers Program: Disparities Research for Change; and a Clinic Manager for Community Health, the largest free health clinic in Illinois. Olivia is currently pursuing her Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Olivia has a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois in Chicago and an undergraduate degree from Colorado College. Olivia is Navajo and lives in Albuquerque, NM.

Lynn A.Trujillo, JD, Cabinet Secretary for the Indian Affairs Department

Lynn Trujillo currently serves as the Cabinet Secretary for the Indian Affairs Department. She was appointed by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on January 22, 2019, and unanimously confirmed by the New Mexico Senate on February 20, 2019. Prior to joining the Administration, Secretary Trujillo worked with Native American tribes and organizations throughout the United States as a National Native American Coordinator for USDA Rural Development programs, bringing resources to tribal communities. Her experience includes organizing in tribal communities, developing programs to preserve native culture and language, and practicing Indian law in Washington, D.C., and New Mexico. Secretary Trujillo holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College where she majored in Studio Arts and Religion and holds a J.D. from the UNM School of Law. She is an enrolled member of Sandia Pueblo, where she resides, as well as part Acoma and Taos Pueblos. She has traveled extensively throughout South America, Asia and Europe.

Rebecca Rae, MCRP, MWR, Associate Director of Native Tribal Participatory Research Programs

Rebecca Rae, (MCRP, MWR) Jicarilla Apache from Dulce, NM, is a Research Lecturer III and Associate Director of Native Tribal Participatory Research Programs at the University of New Mexico’s Center for Participatory Research within the College of Population Health. She is an Indigenous scholar with over 13 years of experience in developing prevention and intervention programs utilizing Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR), in partnership with local New Mexico tribes. She works closely with multiple tribal community partners to mentor, strengthen and enhance community members’ skills in program development, program implementation, data collection, data analysis, grant writing, research, and evaluation. She has served as an evaluator to tribal non-profit organizations, tribal programs, and national foundations.