Staff & Board
STAFF & BOARD
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.
Communications and Operations Associate
Julia is the Communications and Operations Associate for the Cooperative Development Foundation. They are responsible for relations with the press, editorials, social media content, and managing cdf.coop and heroes.coop.
Julia has a B.A. in Communication from Eastern Michigan University. Prior to joining CDF, they served as an AmeriCorps State member as VITA Site Coordinator at United Way of Washtenaw County where they created educational materials, trained volunteers, and assisted community members with their tax returns.
Kirstie Boyette is the Associate Director for the Cooperative Development Foundation. She is responsible for all 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.
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.
CHS Inc., Retired
CUNA Mutual Group
JOHN HOLDSCLAW IV
Indiana Cooperative Development Center
Federation of Southern Cooperatives
Shared Capital Cooperative
NCBA CLUSA, Retired