The OFN 2017 Board Elections campaign is on! There are ten candidates for four seats on the OFN Board. Get to know each one by visiting the campaign site here.
OFN Members vote on the OFN Board at the OFN Membership Meeting on Thursday, September 28, from 8:45 AM–10:15 AM. Can’t make it to the Conference? Contact Seth Julyan to vote by proxy!
CDFI Connect spoke with Shane Jett, Executive Director/CEO at Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation, to learn more about the candidate. Check out Shane’s candidate video and statement here.
Tell us a little about yourself and what motivates you to keep pushing for the industry:
My name is Shane Jett. I am the CEO of the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation a Tribal CDFI. I served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives for three terms and have served as an Officer in the United States Navy for nine years. This year I complete my first term on the Opportunity Finance Board. Whether at the State Capitol or in uniform on a military base, service is an important value in my life. Living a life that matters and making a difference in the lives of others is what drives me. Helping create jobs in the low-income community has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. I was not looking for this job when I was offered it and didn’t really know what a CDFI was when I took the job, but seeing the difference the work my team and I make in the lives of our clients has been a life enriching experience.
What do you think is the most important role for OFN in the CDFI industry right now?
With the changes in Washington, it is vital that we continue the advocacy for continued support and increased funding for the CDFI Fund. Now, more than at any time in CDFI history, we need to have a voice in DC that can tell the stories of hundreds of CDFIs around the country and the thousands of lives that are improved with roofs over heads and food on the table. With each training we complete and each loan we close, the world is a better place as we align capital with justice. OFN’s number one priority must be to empower every CDFI to maximize the positive impact they are making in their respective communities.
What will you bring to the OFN Board during the next three years?
Both OFN and our Country has had some significant changes in leadership. I believe OFN’s turmoil is beginning to abate and I have every confidence in our staff, leadership, and membership. We have a bright future because we have committed individuals focused on fulfilling our mission. While some of the recent challenges facing OFN may behind us. It seems that the political turmoil in our country is just beginning. We need every CDFI and OFN stakeholder to be engaged and focused on advocating for the people back home who depend on our efforts. My life experience that allows me to navigate the political arena. If elected to another term on the OFN Board, my priorities will be two-fold. First, I purpose to make sure that OFN’s focus is continually on providing more resources to our membership. Second, make sure that our success stories and continued needs are be communicated to policymakers and potential funders. Taking care of our members is OFN’s purpose for existing. I would be honored to serve another term on the Board of Directors of the Opportunity Finance Network
To ensure an efficient voting process, please identify your CDFI’s Voting Delegate in advance of the September 28 Membership Meeting and contact Emily Tunney with the delegate’s name. Voting Delegates will be able to pick up their ballots 30 minutes before the start of the Membership Meeting.