- By Tribal Business News Staff
- Economic Development
A roundup of tribal business and Native nonprofit executives on the move in Indian Country.
Randy Cadotte joined Wisconsin Indigenous Economic Development Corporation (WIEDC) as advancement director for the nonprofit coalition of Native CDFIs. A member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, Cadotte attended Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe University and University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Bethany Harris has been promoted to the president of the Waséyabek Federal Group (WFG), the federal contracting unit of Michigan-based Waséyabek Development Company, the economic development arm of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi. Harris has served as WFG’s executive vice president of 8(a) business since 2019. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and a law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
WFG also hired Mike Devlin to serve as vice president of strategy and revenue. Devlin joins the company from Troy, Mich.-based Ricardo Defense, where he served as the Director of Business Development. In his new role, Devlin will be responsible for developing new business and establishing strategic relationships for WFG, as well as achieving operating and financial objectives.
Akiak Holdings, LLC said it appointed Patrick Crovo to the newly created position of chief growth and strategy officer. Crovo brings more than three decades of experience in the federal information technology and professional services marketplace, most recently as president of a fast-growth federal IT and professional services firm that was acquired in 2020 by a private equity firm. He holds a bachelor of science from University of Maryland, Baltimore County and an MBA certificate in IT from University of Maryland, University College.
Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures (MLVC) named Anne Defot-Sido as its new VP of federal growth strategy. She joins MLCV from Akima, where she served as senior director of growth strategy with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and business development. Defot-Sido earned an MBA in international business strategy from the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington, D.C., and a graduate degree in business administration from ESCEM in Poitiers, France. She is also the secretary of the board of the French Trade Advisor (Conseillers du Commerce Exterieur) of the Mid-Atlantic region.
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) hired Geoffrey Blackwell (Chickasaw, Choctaw, Omaha, and Muscogee Creek) as its general counsel and chief of staff. Prior to the new post, Blackwell worked for eight years as the chief strategy officer and general counsel for AMERIND. He was the founding chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Office of Native Affairs and Policy, where he spearheaded efforts to bring modern communication technologies to tribal communities nationwide. Raised in Oklahoma and New Mexico, Blackwell comes from a family deeply involved in tribal leadership and federal service dedicated to Indian Country. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia School of Law.
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