Who We Are

What We Do

We are resolute to working with unheralded communities, businesses, organizations, and individuals to  aspire and achieve self-determination. We want to see more indigenous, black and brown people in positions of leadership and decision making  because we know by growing this talent, we will see wealth building and impact in our cultures and communities.

How do we get there? Our company concentrates in solving barriers by looking at the situation through a strategic systems lens and organizing our efforts within the following three strategies: forging communities of practice, creating equity through entrepreneurship, and encouraging economic empowerment from within.

Vanessa Roanhorse

Chief Executive Officer

In 2016 I returned to the Southwest region and launched Roanhorse Consulting LLC in order to focus my work on building bridges to access to overlooked communities, specifically indigenous communities. Vanessa got her management chops working for 7 years at a Chicago-based nonprofit, the Delta Institute, focused throughout the Great Lakes region to build a resilient environment and economy through creative, sustainable, market-driven solutions. Vanessa oversaw many of Delta’s on-the-ground energy efficiency, green infrastructure, community engagement programs, and workforce development training. She’s had the chance to work with incredible organizations such as Delta Institute, Cultivating Coders, Changing Woman Initiative, ComEd, IDEO, 1871, Center for Neighborhood Technology, ReBuilding Exchange, Living Cities, ICLEI, Urban Sustainability Directors Network, and the Cities of Albuquerque, Chicago, Miami, and the Navajo Nation. Her academic education is in film from the University of Arizona but her professional education is from hands-on experience leading local, regional and national initiatives. Vanessa hopes to foster a community of empathy to solve our greatest challenges one action at a time. She is a big fan of tacos, specifically Al Pastor tacos and is a Chicago Bulls fan for life.

Blayne Greiner

Chief Operating Officer

Blayne is a systems thinker, problem solver, and technician that has applied these approaches to theater, teaching, urban agriculture, carpentry, and equitable program design. Originally from Chicago, IL, Blayne learned his project development and management skills around Chicago’s Non-profit urban agriculture community, first as the Instructor for the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest program and later as the urban farm manager for Plant Chicago (a closed loop, net zero food production incubator space). As Chief Operations Officer Blayne keeps the business running smoothly, wrangles data, and provides support for RCLLC’s project work. Blayne is also a secret dadaist, avid cyclist, and proud husband and father.

Forging Communities of Practice

By collectively learning and working together we get more done. Realize our social capital and connect the dots.

Equity Through Entrepreneurship

By recognizing that business is just a tool and not rocket science, we can teach and create the pathways for overlooked entrepreneurs to access Economic development opportunities by creating community-based initiatives that address these challenges.

Economic Empowerment from Within

By combining entrepreneurship with relevant cultural values, Roanhorse Consulting takes a unique approach in designing and implementing projects, developing native organizations, and developing funding.

FORGING COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE

Native Women's Business Summit

We co-founded a nonprofit to create the space to co-design a once a year summit to bring Native Business Women together to connect, promote, celebrate, and access resources for Native women who are current business owners or interested in starting their own business. Co-Founders: GrownUp Navajo, Two Worlds Production, Tallou Salon, Jaime Gloshay, Poston & Associates, Alicia Ortega + Roanhorse Consulting, LLC

Small Business Resource Collaborative

In 2016, Roanhorse Consulting was hired to create, design and implement a small business program to support the businesses along Albuquerque’s historic Route 66 streetway during the Bus Rapid Transit construction project.

Zebras Unite

We are tapped into a very important and growing discussion with solutions on changing the current venture and investment landscape so that it looks and represents our communities better. RCLLC work to provide a Native perspective and voice to this discussion with intent to connect and grow the network wide for more indigenous businesses with a zebra focus.

EQUITY THROUGH ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Small Business Resource Collaborative

In 2016, Roanhorse Consulting was hired to create, design and implement a small business program to support the businesses along Albuquerque’s historic Route 66 streetway during the Bus Rapid Transit construction project.

Navigator Program

In 2018, the SBRC will partner with Cultivating Coders, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce and Southeast Albuquerque Success Center to bring our tools to communities of color, immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs in the City of Albuquerque.

Coop Capital

This is a working pilot initiated by the Nusenda Foundation in support from W.K.Kellogg Foundation to identify opportunities to replicate and advance creative funding opportunities for low wealth and communities of color.

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT FROM WITHIN

Native Women's Business Summit

We co-founded a nonprofit to create the space to co-design a once a year summit to bring Native Business Women together to connect, promote, celebrate, and access resources for Native women who are current business owners or interested in starting their own business. Co-Founders: GrownUp Navajo, Two Worlds Production, Tallou Salon, Jaime Gloshay, Poston & Associates, Alicia Ortega + Roanhorse Consulting, LLC

Zebras Unite

We are tapped into a very important and growing discussion with solutions on changing the current venture and investment landscape so that it looks and represents our communities better. RCLLC work to provide a Native perspective and voice to this discussion with intent to connect and grow the network wide for more indigenous businesses with a zebra focus.

Cultivating Coders

We are partners and collaborators with Cultivating Coders to bring culturally appropriate computer coding classes to isolated and overlooked classrooms across the country.

SAY HELLO.

Roanhorse Consulting LLC
400 Gold Ave SW, Suite 1020
Albuquerque NM 87102

Phone: 619-592-2824

General E-mail: info@roanhorseconsulting.com