Denisse Ruiz

Denisse is the Communications Officer at Oweesta, where she leads storytelling and external communications to amplify and celebrate the organization’s work. Previously, she worked as an Editorial Assistant at an international art book publishing house and later worked as the Advocacy and Communications Manager at Nexleaf Analytics, where she led efforts to advance data rights in the East African Region.

She holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature and German Studies from Wellesley College. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, and has previously lived in Boston, Berlin, and Ho Chi Minh City.


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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