Ms. Cote is currently Senior Programs Officer- Financial Education and Asset Building at Oweesta Corporation. She has been with Oweesta Corporation since January 2012, previously as the Communications Manager, Office Manager, and Administrative Manager and an Independent Consultant. During this time, Ms. Cote has gained significant knowledge of the Native Community Development Financial Institution industry. In her career history, Ms. Cote worked with First Nations Development Institute, Cielo Foundation, Native CDFI Network, Potlatch Fund, Longhouse Media, and Northwest Native Development Fund. She is a master trainer for the Building Native Communities suite of curriculum, a certified HUD Housing Counselor, Credit As An Asset Master Trainer, CreditSmart curriculum instructor, NeighborWorks America NCHEC certified in Homeownership Counseling, and a Certified Professional Coach through the Coaching for Transformation program with Leadership That Works. Ms. Cote currently serves as a member on Clearinghouse CDFI’s Native American Advisory Board and the State of Colorado’s Office of Financial Empowerment Advisory Board.
In her spare time, she is a fitness instructor facilitating a range of fitness mediums from weightlifting and cardio to yoga and meditation. Ms. Cote attained her BA in Comparative Literature in French and English with a minor in Native American Studies from the University of Michigan. She is Potawatomi and Odawa of Michigan from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.