Derek Valdo


Since 2005, Mr. Valdo has served as a councilman for his Tribe, the Pueblo of Acoma, and continues to fulfill his appointment. In addition, he also participates on the Acoma Business Enterprises Board of Directors, the National Indian Child Welfare Association Board of Directors, and the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation Board of Directors.

Mr. Valdo’s numerous accolades reflect his vision and leadership. Mr. Valdo has been named to Indian Country Media Network’s esteemed list of 50 Faces of Indian Country, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s 40 Under 40, and among Albuquerque Business First’s Top 10 CEOs. Under Valdo’s leadership, AMERIND Risk has experienced growth of over 65%, resulting in its five best years of financial performance. Mr. Valdo attended Stanford University and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with a minor in Management cum laude from the University of New Mexico.


Oweesta Corporation
2432 Main Street, 1st Floor
Longmont, CO 80501

Oweesta is an equal opportunity employer and provider.


Oweesta is the only existing Native CDFI intermediary offering financial products and development services exclusively to Native CDFIs and Native communities. Specifically, 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.

Asset-building tools stimulate reservation economies by providing tribal members the opportunity to acquire financial management skills and build and accumulate assets through small business creation, homeownership, education, and much more.


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