Meet Our New Executive Director!

Kit Fordham Bii Gii Wiin CDLF

IT IS OUR PLEASURE TO ANNOUNCE…

The Bii Gii Wiin CDLF Board of Directors has selected Kit Fordham to serve as our permanent Executive Director. Since June of 2018, Kit has served as our Interim Executive Director. Over that time, Kit has proven to be a skilled leader who continues to make great strides towards building the strong foundation that our organization needs to expand wisely and sustainably. Kit joins us with nearly a decade of experience in the fields of micro-finance, cooperative/small business development, and organizational leadership.

Kit received his MBA in Sustainable Systems from Bainbridge Graduate Institute - now known as Presidio Graduate School, an innovative sustainable-business school located in Seattle, WA. After graduating from that program, Kit was invited to stay on as a member of the school’s teaching faculty to assist with the launch of the first fully-accredited, graduate-level Cooperative Management Certificate.

It was during his undergraduate studies at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC that Kit met his incredible wife, Chanelle Gallagher, an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band, who now serves as a Mental Health Practitioner at the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center. Together they live in South Minneapolis with their best buds - Liza Jane, a Pit Bull-Chihuahua, and Basil, a Tuxedo Cat. (Pictured below.)

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Joe Parkhurst