ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (October 16, 2020) Agnetha “Jaime” Gloshay, one of the co-founders of Native Women Lead, has joined the board of directors for Family Independence Initiative (FII). FII is a national nonprofit organization that trusts and invests in the incentives of hard-working individuals and families to lift themselves out of poverty.
“I am honored to join FII and support the growth of this next-level organization. In the past couple of years, I have witnessed and experienced the trust and investment FII builds with families and communities. As a family member, being able to hold safe space for one another – while dreaming, honoring our lived experiences and sharing resources – has been critical to supporting each other in our goals to achieve community well-being, economic mobility, and finding pathways toward freedom,” said Gloshay. “I was (even more) emboldened to join because I saw how fast FII moved to action to respond to families’ needs through cash transfers once the pandemic hit. These were critical to meet the basic needs of families and demonstrated the values FII embodies. I look forward to being in service and support of the FII family as we vision and mobilize for a better future.”
Gloshay is a program manager at Roanhorse Consulting (RCLLC), an Indigenous woman owned firm that has more than 30 years of combined work co-creating efforts that put people at the center by lifting existing solutions and curating resources to catapult leaders. She is also a 2020 Boston Impact Initiative fellow focused on building a fund specifically designed for Indigenous women social enterprises and is part of the first cohort of the Coaching for Equity & Transformation in New Mexico coach certification program by Leadership that Works.
“The FII board of directors is thrilled that Jaime has joined us. As an FII member, her direct experience with FII in New Mexico will help refine our work as we expand throughout the country. Jaime’s extensive experience working with women and families, identifying, developing, and funding Indigenous women entrepreneurs, and giving voice to those who are often not heard, will add breadth and insight to our board,” said Paula Sneed, FII board chair.
Gloshay is a citizen of the Navajo, White Mountain Apache, and Kiowa Nations and mother of three residing in Tiwa Territory. She holds a B.A. in Native American Studies & Political Science and an M.P.A. with a focus on Nonprofit Management from the University of New Mexico.
Since COVID-19, FII has dispersed more than $100 million to families across all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
About Family Independence Initiative
Family Independence Initiative (FII) trusts and invests directly in people living with low incomes so they can work individually and collectively to achieve prosperity. Our innovative technology platform, UpTogether, allows people living in poverty to access unrestricted cash transfers and connect with other families to help one another accomplish their financial and personal goals. Learn more at fii.org.