Native American Social Impact Investing
VALERIE RED-HORSE MOHL, Red-Horse Financial Group and Stanford CCSRE
Native American investing is typically high on social impact funds’ priority lists and yet is an often misunderstood and difficult to access sector. Traditional lending through CDFIs limits funding to extremely small amounts. Senior investment banker and Native American economic development specialist Valerie Red-Horse Mohl proposes to lead a panel of experts to discuss some of the more pressing questions. Red-Horse Mohl is also launching a Native American entrepreneurial center in partnership with Stanford University’s Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) and will be joined by Center Director, Jennifer DeVere Brody. Rounding out the panel will be Teresa Dunbar of the Swift Foundation whose mission includes investment into indigenous cultures both in the U.S. and worldwide. Topics covered will include: Integrating cultural considerations alongside sound business practices; direct versus intermediaries; integrated capital; do government programs help or hinder the process? Education of Native American entrepreneurs; the dilemma of tribal gaming; ability to scale; early stage legal and advocacy capital; social issues – investing and lending in areas experiencing severe social problems; tribal leadership.
Native American; indigenous; tribal; cultural; racial equity
Valerie Red-Horse Mohl - CEO of Red-Horse Financial Group and Stanford CCSRE Advisory Board Member Jennifer DeVere Brody - Director, Stanford University Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity Teresa Dunbar - Impact Investing Analyst, Swift Foundation