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Staff & Board

STAFF & BOARD

CDF STAFF

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Executive Director

MARY GRIFFIN

Griffin serves as Executive Director of Cooperative Development Foundation, where she manages a portfolio of       $10 million in funds and directs grantmaking and programmatic strategies focused on promoting cooperative development.  She was director of public policy for NCBA CLUSA from 2004 to 2010, and secured increases in funding for cooperative development, and policy changes related to cooperative finance and tax issues. From 2011 to 2021, she was with the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), serving as senior advisor in its Office of Community Affairs since 2012, focusing on developing policies and programs to improve the financial lives of the economically vulnerable, including in the area of digital financial services. During her time at CFPB, she was twice detailed to the World Bank’s Consultant Group to Assist the Poor, where she worked on digital financial inclusion. Earlier in her career she spent nearly a decade at Consumer Reports as senior counsel on consumer finance issues.

 

A graduate of St. Lawrence University, Griffin holds a JD from Temple University and an LLM, Economic Regulation from George Washington University.

mgriffin@ncba.coop

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Program Manager

ELECTRA SKRZYDLEWSKI

Electra Skrzydlewski serves as the Program Manager for the Cooperative Development Foundation. She oversees a portfolio of programs empowering low-income and historically underserved communities through cooperative and shared equity ownership models. She is responsible for program development, implementation, outreach to stakeholders and subject matter experts, qualitative research, evaluation and reporting, compliance, financial oversight, and communications.  

Electra’s career has involved connecting communities with opportunities that align with their ambitions. Most recently, Electra was the Regional Deputy Director for Nevada’s senior U.S. Senator working with federal agencies, state, tribal, and local governments, community stakeholders, and constituent groups to advance bipartisan solutions to the challenges our nation faces. In other roles, she led electoral and political organizing campaigns, resource development, administration, operations, program and project management, client relations, and business development, primarily in education and financial services. 

 

Active in her community as a volunteer, Electra’s expertise supports shared leadership teams through change initiatives to build values-driven, sustainable organizations. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, she holds a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in energy business and finance. She is pursuing a Master’s in Management, Cooperatives and Credit Unions from the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University. 

eskrzydlewski@ncba.coop

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Associate Director

KIRSTIE BOYETTE

Kirstie Boyette serves as the Associate Director for the Cooperative Development Foundation where she is responsible for operations related to grantmaking, fundraising, finances, and programs. She manages the application, review, and distribution process of nearly $1 million in annual grantmaking from CDF's family of Funds. Kirstie began working with the National Home Care Cooperative Initiative in 2019 and manages CDF's home care co-op program. She also manages the Cooperative Leaders and Scholars program which aims to develop and engage new and emerging cooperators with multi-sector programming and professional development opportunities.

 

Prior to joining CDF, she worked at NCBA CLUSA where she focused on member events and strategic initiatives support. A graduate of the University of Florida, she holds a BA in Agricultural Economics and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand. She is currently pursuing a certificate in cooperative management from the International Centre for Co-operative Management at Saint Mary's University. Kirstie also serves as a board director of CooperationWorks!

kboyette@ncba.coop

CDF BOARD

RICHARD LAROCHELLE

  Board Chair

                                    NRUCFC, Retired

DEVIN FUHRMAN

 Board Member

                                            Nationwide

LINDA TANK

 Board Member

CHS Inc., Retired

LARRY BLANCHARD

   Board Member

                                     CUNA Mutual Group

JOHN HOLDSCLAW IV

  Board Member

Rochdale Capital

    DEBORAH TROCHA

   Board Member

                   Indiana Cooperative Development Center

CORNELIUS BLANDING

   Board Member

                            Federation of Southern Cooperatives  

CHRISTINA JENNINGS

   Board Member

                Shared Capital Cooperative

JUDY ZIEWACZ

 Board Member

                                  NCBA CLUSA, Retired

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