Executive Director | First Nations Oweesta Corporation
Chrystel Cornelius is the Executive Director of First Nations Oweesta Corporation. As the only national Native CDFI intermediary, Oweesta’s mission is to provide opportunities for Native people to develop assets and create wealth by assisting in the establishment of strong, permanent institutions and programs, contributing to economic independence and strengthening sovereignty for all Native communities.
Ms. Cornelius has worked with Native communities for most of her professional career, with 20 years experience working in the Native and rural economic development field. She has a particular focus on implementing financing structures and financial products that propel individual and community wealth building efforts in marginalized Native communities throughout the nation.
She is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians located in North Dakota.