STAFF

Executive Director

​Laura V. Williams, MPA

Lummi Nation Member, Lummi CDFI Executive Director

Former LLC Director of Strategic Planning and Merchandise &  LIBC Policy Operation Manger

Ms. Williams's expertise in tribal for-profit, government, and now non-profits sectors. Her expertise is building, developing, and managing commercial tribal enterprises and governmental policy. She is the former Lummi Commercial Company (LCC) Director of Strategic Planning & Merchandise and Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC) Policy Operations Manager. She has background in building partnerships, strategic planning, financial policy analysis and development.

 

As of June 2014, Ms. Williams graduated from the Evergreen State College with a Masters in Public Administration (MPA), and also, is a graduate of NWIC and Western Washington University for her undergraduate work. She holds certifications Native American Business Operations through Dartmouth College, and is currently working towards her certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional through National Development Council.

She proudly has two children Jaden (20) and Sky Hunter (5), and enjoys spending time seeing them grow. She lives on the Lummi Reservation at Gooseberry Point with her family, 2 dogs, 3 cats, 3 geese, 1 rabbit, 1 hamster, and 1 beta fish.

 

Hobbies: Gardening, Sustainable Foods, Healthy Cooking, Running, Soccer, Coaching, Websites, and Reading.

 

Loan Officer/Success Coach

​​Gloria J. Point, MBA

Loan Officer/Success Coach

Gloria is a Business Coach and Loan officer at Lummi CDFI in Bellingham, WA.  She is from Sts’Ailes First Nation in British Columbia.  She graduated from Asia Pacific University in Vancouver, BC with an MBA in International Business Management.

 

She has worked in management and program management positions for most of her career in Vancouver, BC.  She moved to Whatcom County in 1999 running her own consulting business in strategic planning until she started working with Lummi Nation from 2003 to 2007 was the lead in the original Ventures Poverty Reduction Strategic Planning conversation in Lummi Nation.  The final plan included revolving loan fund dollars which was applied to the Lummi CDFI. She returned to Lummi CDFI in 2015 and has provided clients with coaching and support along with guidance in their business loan application process.  

 

Gloria lives in Bellingham, WA and has one daughter, Sarah Point-Moore.

 

 

 

Nonprofit Developer/

Success Coach

Nancy Jordan

Capacity Developer/Success Coach

Leadership roles began for Ms. Jordan as a youth with 4-H, her church youth group, and in music. She also grew and learned all aspects of the family farm operation and completed her undergraduate degree in Animal Science / Business. Her profession as an agricultural commercial lender/appraiser and non-profit executive expanded her mastery in finance, organization management and community development.

Co-owner of their small family business, Sound Wise Studios, Inc., Ms. Jordan has experienced both startup and periods of expansion/contraction. She has been instrumental in building capacity of their business and the many startups, interns/apprentices and partners they have teamed with. 

Ms. Jordan provides Lummi CDFI with a depth of understanding of finance and organizational management, and cultural awareness that supports the growth, development and mentoring needed to strengthen leadership capacity.

Financial Trainer/Success Coach

Adib Jamshedi

Financial Trainer/Success Coach

"I speak your language: The language of the minority, the owner of poor credit, the one without the plan, the young, old or middle aged person. The language of the student, or teacher. The language of the fisher folk, the artist, the writer, and the musician. The language of the searcher, the hunter, the discoverer, the inventor or dreamer. The language of the novice or expert. I learnt this language from you, the entrepreneur.  Let’s continue."

Adib has been instrumental in the Lummi Nation community getting to know the Native American people learning from them, but also teaching them via being either employed through the Lummi Venture's Plan (for 10+ years) and now with CDFI. He also currently teaches at Northwest Indian College (NWIC) as an instructor to many Native American peoples locally and from afar. 

He calls himself the "real Indian" from Pakistan originally. He passion is his family and community. Adib is full of humility and grace, and most of all is enjoyable company to be around because of his light heartedness and humor. He makes all feel welcome.

Office Manager

Debora Miller

Office Manager

Former Seafood Market Success Trainer for Small Business Incubation

Her role with the Lummi CDFI keeps everything rolling as smooth as possible.  She is responsible for making appointments with the other staff and to great each visitor with a smile and helpful attitude. Deb is QuickBooks Certified through the Whatcom Community College.

When Deb isn’t working, she likes to spend her time with her husband and their Hot Rod Cars, going to Car Shows throughout the County and spending time with their grandkids in the pool.

 

Deb is currently assisting the loan officer with loan documentation and paperwork, and getting to know the clients on a more personal basis.  Deb has learned over the years with CDFI just how difficult it can be to have success out in the real world.  She enjoys spending time learning more and more about Native communities and the needs of the communities.