April 24, 2023
Welcoming Tommy Robinson!
Four Bands is pleased to announce that Tommy Robinson (Northern Cheyenne) has joined our team as the Regional Revolving Loan Fund Manager. This is a new position within our organization that has been born out of the Economic Development Administration’s Build Back Better award to the Mountain | Plains Native CDFI Coalition, an alliance of nine Native CDFIs focused on expanding economic opportunity in Native American communities in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. As one of five component projects being funded by the $45 million award, the Regional Revolving Loan Fund will provide the flexible, affordable financing solutions required to transform ideas, market-driven research, and informal operations into small business firms that create real economic value within Native American communities.
Previously working for People’s Partner for Community Development, a member of the Mountain | Plains Native CDFI Coalition, Tommy steps into the role of Regional Revolving Loan Fund Manager with over a decade of experience in the Native CDFI field. During this time, he built a broad spectrum of skills in various positions, including financial literacy training, Individual Development Account (IDA) program management, payroll, human resources, loan administration, loan underwriting, and loan program management. As the regional loan fund is a new initiative, Tommy has been instrumental in working with Coalition members to establish foundational protocols that will ensure the fund’s long-term viability. He is grateful for the flexibility extended by the Coalition partners that has supported a smooth transition into his new position, and is excited to be working in an innovative program that will create access to capital with Native communities. Tommy graduated from Chief Dull Knife College with an Associate’s degree in Applied Science and has completed coursework towards a Social Work degree at Oral Roberts University. He will be working remotely from his office just outside of Lame Deer, Montana.