OUR LATEST PROJECTS
Native Women Lead, 2017 to present, was co-founded by Roanhorse Consulting, LLC and 6 other Native American women entrepreneurs to address the lack of accessible and culturally relevant resources and tools designed for indigenous women in business. Native Women Lead hosts the annual Native Women’s Business Summit, connecting 500+ indigenous and Native American women to build power, and community to revolutionize systems so more women move into leadership and CEO positions. Native Women Lead is a national movement addressing the racial and gender wealth gaps, that Native American women are ⅔ the breadwinners and make .58 cents to the dollar of a non-Hispanic White male, by investing directly. RCLLC provides programmatic, developmental, policy and advocacy and financial management of the growing organization.
Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native American Women, 2019 to present, is a nationally recognized Native-led nonprofit organization dedicated to stop violence against Native women and children by advocating for social change in communities through four core areas; community support, technical assistance, training and policy and advocacy. RCLLC is partnering with the Coalition to conduct a national search for their next Executive Director. In addition to this national executive search, RCLLC will co-create a one year organizational plan to support and guide the board and the new Executive Director.
Albuquerque Urban Native American Census 2020, 2019 to present, RCLLC is providing consulting services to ensure a complete count for Albuquerque Urban Native Americans for Census 2020. This project will address the significant challenges and barriers Urban Native American Hard-to-count communities face, take a community-led and informed approach, and build a strong coalition between New Mexico tribes, the State of New Mexico, and the urban Native American community in the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County. Additionally, we will work with the Native American Voters Alliance and the State Tribal Complete Count Census Commission to ensure strategic alignment in devising outreach strategies and efforts for a complete count.
Innovate ABQ, 2019 to Present, is a project focused on the development of InnovateABQ, a 7-acre innovation district to be a launchpad for innovation, entrepreneurship, mentorship, and leadership in diverse sectors, with an emphasis on technology. RCLLC has been contracted to analyze where InnovateABQ fits within the current ecosystem, both institutional and programmatic and develop programming to focus on engagement and outreach to entrepreneurs and innovators from vulnerable populations. Our goals are to engage the community, develop accessible processes, provide recommendations on a community advisory board, support cultivating the $10 million in capital investment required, and frame best practices for inclusive and culturally relevant entrepreneurship practices.
City Navigators, 2016 to present, is a City of Albuquerque initiative to support small business owners in disinvested communities who face barriers of culture, language and geography to connect and access resources by taking the resources out of the physical in stitutions and bringing them to where they are. RCLLC has designed and administered this program for 3 years, originally to address a Bus Rapid Transit project along the City’s Historic Route 66, to keep small businesses open. As a result, this program has served over 400 entrepreneurs, providing over $600,000 in small business loans and created a city-wide effort in which multiple organizations are launching a coordinated navigator program for overlooked entrepreneurs. RCLLC is a lead partner working to grow capacity within each organization and provide a systems approach to building a sustainable program that will leverage public and private investments.
Co-op Capital, 2016 to present, pilot project is a Nusenda Credit Union initiative with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Albuquerque Community Foundation and the Small Business Administration to test relationship-based lending for low wealth and communities of color unable to access formal financing. RCLLC, in partnership with Nusenda Credit Union, has been designing this effort for 2.5 years, co-creating the scaffolded framework to bridge borrowers, grassroots organizations, the credit union and national credit union associations to push at the boundaries to redefine what a high-risk borrower looks like. RCLLC is working with 9 frontline organizations, serving the states of New Mexico, Arizona and the sovereign nations across New Mexico and Arizona. Since launching, $133,000 co-op capital loans have been lent, borrowers are 100% on track to pay back and in the next year, anticipate another $400,000 in loans will be borrowed. In 2019 and 2020 RCLLC will be focused on working with the New Mexico State Legislature to expand the program to address predatory lending violations and expand access.