BroadView Talent Partners Retained by Oweesta Corporation for Multiple Searches

March 14, 2024 – BroadView Talent Partners has been selected by Oweesta Corporation in Longmont, CO, to lead in its searches for a new chief program officer and chief lending officer. Oweesta provides training, technical assistance, investments, research, and policy advocacy to help Native communities develop an integrated range of asset-building products and services, including financial education and financial products. The chief program officer at Oweesta Corporation oversees programmatic staff and is responsible for developing policies, workplans, and budgets. This role requires managing programs that impact national policy on access to capital for Native communities, maintaining partnerships, and representing the organization at various levels.

Those applying for this position must have proven experience in leading community and economic development programs within the non-profit sector, particularly within Indian Country, underpinned by a strategic vision that aligns with Oweesta’s mission and the evolving needs of Native communities. They should have demonstrated ability in managing multiple complex programs, focusing on adapting these to the unique dynamics of Native communities and ensuring they support sustainable economic empowerment. Candidates must have exceptional team and project management ability, with a track record of developing innovative policy and program solutions that effectively address the unique challenges and opportunities within Native communities.

The chief lending officer is the newest member of the executive team and will participate in strategic and organizational planning to meet mission and impact goals. They will lead the lending team and be responsible for continued process improvements to support ongoing scale and new product development in response to continued market needs.

Candidates should have a minimum 10 years of experience in commercial lending, credit, or banking, focusing on Native lending or Indian country, including at least five years in senior leadership, strategic financial planning, and understanding the funding structure necessary to meet the expansive needs of Native communities. They should have a proven track record of success in senior non-profit leadership roles, with a deep understanding of community and economic development in Native American contexts, including a nuanced grasp of the CDFI sector, its regulatory environment, and innovative approaches to support growth in Native communities. In addition, candidates will have demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic lending programs that align with Oweesta’s mission and the unique needs of Native communities, including evaluating and enhancing lending policies focusing on compliance and Native lending practices.

Candidates for both positions should contact Johanna Vargas, vice president and senior associates at BroadView Talent Partners.

Non-Profits Specialists

Founded in 2015, BroadView Talent Partners is a national executive search firm dedicated to placing leadership in affordable housing agencies, non-profit organizations, and associations, as well as middle market companies. The firm provides clients with a national network; commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and a record of long-tenured placements. Its specialties include executive search, talent acquisition, retention solutions, career management, executive coaching, and board development.

Related: How Non-Profits Can Identify and Recruit Their Next Great Leader

Tracy McMillan is managing partner and CEO of BroadView. He has over 25 years of experience providing executive search, retention solutions and leadership advisory services to clients. He has developed a strong focus within the affordable housing, non-profit and middle-market sectors, and established a track record of well-placed, long-tenured C-suite executives. Prior to starting BroadView Talent Partners (formerly HCGA Consulting Partners) in 2015, Mr. McMillan served as the vice president of global talent acquisition for the NBA. Previously, he spent five years as a managing director at Diversified Search Group.

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BroadView Talent Partners has assisted in the placement of Cinnamon Pelly as the new president and CEO for Pillsbury United Communities (PUC) in Minnesota. “I’m so pleased to have Cinnamon join Pillsbury United,” said Brenna Brelie, interim CEO. “Her breadth of experience, coupled with her commitment to strengthening communities and racial equity are a beautiful combination of talent and passion that align with our agency’s values. I am thrilled to work closely with her in coming months to welcome her to the PUC family and introduce her to our community.”

Ms. Vargas has over 18 years of business experience including human resource services and consulting, as well as talent acquisition, coaching and training. Specializing in brand awareness and acquisition integration as well as organizational and business development, she is passionate about solving complex analytical problems, improving processes, and helping clients achieve their organizational goals.

Past Search

BroadView recently placed Geoffrey Barton as the new president and CEO of non-profit Mountain Housing Opportunities (MHO) in Asheville, NC. He replaced Scott Dedman, who retired in early August after 30 years in the role. Mr. Barton’s selection as MHO’s next leader comes after a nationwide search. Broadview Talent Partners conducted the search with an emphasis on diverse and inclusive talent acquisition, retention, and leadership development. Charlie Owen, chair of MHO’s board of directors, led the organization’s executive search in partnership with a small group of fellow board members, community leaders, and seasoned MHO staff. Johanna Vargas and Robyn Quinn led the assignment of behalf of BroadView.

“MHO’s executive search attracted interest from a wide-array of talented leaders in the affordable housing sector and raised the profile of Mountain Housing Opportunities regionally and nationally,” said Mr. Owen. “This competitive process allowed us to look for an executive with the right combination of experience, vision, and passion for this work. We were fortunate to find such a leader in Geoffrey Barton, who has already demonstrated his expertise in bringing safe, well-located, and beautifully designed affordable housing to the people of western North Carolina. I have every confidence in his ability to guide MHO towards an even greater impact in creating and preserving the affordable housing that the people of our region need and deserve.”

Related: 3 Ways to Nurture Talent for Future Leadership in Non-Profit and Social Impact Organizations

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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