September 9, 2021
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PAMELA BOIVIN ELECTED CHAIR OF WIBA BOARD
The Wisconsin Indian Business Alliance (WIBA) is pleased to share that Pamela Boivin, Executive Director of NiiJii Capital Partners, Inc., has been elected Chair of the WIBA Board of Directors.
Ms. Boivin succeeds Fern Orie of the Wisconsin Native Loan Fund, and is a founding member of WIBA. She assumed her position September 1, 2021.
“I am humbled by my nomination and appointment as the new WIBA Board Chair. WIBA’s Native CDFI Members are the strongest service providers in Indian Country, and I am honored to continue our innovative and collaborative efforts to bring financial resources to our Tribal communities,” said Ms. Boivin.
“It is important to note the extraordinary ground work laid by our previous Chair, Fern Orie, which set the tone for WIBA to continue to flourish. I am honored to continue her work,” Ms. Boivin continued.
Ms. Orie is a founding member and has served as WIBA’s Chair since its inception in 2015. “I am grateful to have served as WIBA’s Chair, and look forward to working with Pam as she continues WIBA’s efforts to expand Native economic development by building the financial sovereignty of Native individuals, families, Native-owned businesses and communities in Wisconsin,” Ms. Orie said.
“WIBA’s collective efforts since our inception have provided more than $30 million in loan deployments across Wisconsin Indian Country. Pam’s leadership and commitment to WIBA is strong, and I look forward to WIBA furthering opportunities for our Tribal communities,” Ms. Orie said.
Serving with Ms. Boivin on the WIBA Board of Directors will be:
- Vice Chair – Becky Albert-Breed, First Nations Community Financial
- Treasurer/Secretary – Gary Mejchar, First American Capital Corporation
- Past Chair – Fern Orie, Wisconsin Native Loan Fund
The Wisconsin Indian Business Alliance (WIBA) is a coalition of non-profit organizations with a mission to expand Native economic development by building the financial sovereignty of Native individuals, families, Native-owned businesses and communities in Wisconsin.
Working together, WIBA Members are Native Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) that collaborate and leverage resources to maximize access to loans, training and counseling to best serve Enrolled Members of the 11 Federally recognized Tribes in Wisconsin – both on and off reservation communities.
WIBA Members collectively work to bring millions of dollars to Wisconsin Indian Country from corporations, foundations and government programs to deliver a continuum of loan products and capacity-building technical assistance services to Native individuals, families, businesses and communities.
WIBA Members include:
- Gary Mejchar, Co-Executive Director
First American Capital Corporation (FACC)
- Becky Albert-Breed, Executive Director
First Nations Community Financial (FNCF)
- Pamela Boivin, Executive Director
NiiJii Capital Partners, Inc. (NiiCaP)
- Fern Orie, Board Member
Wisconsin Native Loan Fund (WINLF)
For more information about WIBA, please visit www.wibanative.org.