Elsie M. Meeks served as state director of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in South Dakota from July of 2009 to 2015. Prior to joining the USDA, Ms. Meeks was the president and CEO of First Nations Oweesta Corporation. She was active in the development and management of Lakota Funds, a small business and microenterprise development financial institution on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and has served as its board chairwoman since 2015. Ms. Meeks served on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, completing a six-year term. She is a recent past director of the Northwest Area Foundation based in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has served as a director or council member of several national Native American organizations and currently is chair of the Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis’ Center for Indian Country Development.
Ms. Meek’s involvement in and knowledge of economic development and community management, as indicated by her background, support her qualifications to serve as a Public Interest Independent Director on our Board of Directors. She currently serves as chair of the Housing & Community Investment Committee.