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Executive Director, Cha Piyeh, Inc.
Rose Marquez is an enrolled tribal member of the Ohkay Owingeh Nation in Northern New Mexico and serves as the Executive Director for Cha Piyeh, Inc. , which translates to “lending money” in the Tewa language, and is a Native Community Financial Institution (CDFI) and 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Cha Piyeh was developed to address a housing shortage in Ohkay Owingeh and to make home ownership a reality for Tribal Members. Through Rose’s administration and determination, services have become more accessible and Cha Piyeh has also expanded to seven other Pueblos, making the lending area available to over 10,000 people.
Rose has spearheaded the development of client relations which have resulted in revitalizing the organization and closing on over 100 loans, totaling $1.3 million. Rose has overseen and has participated with staff to provide over 90 financial education courses through group classes and one on one sessions. Most recently, Rose has worked towards a major merger between two other Native CDFI’s, including Native Community Finance based out of Laguna Pueblo, NM and Native Capital Access based out of Tempe, Arizona. By joining forces the newly reformed Native CDFI will be the premiere lending capital and development services for Native Americans in the Southwest.
Rose will also celebrate her fifth year at Cha Piyeh and is a proud mother to four children and grandmother to five grandchildren and a sixth on the way. In her time outside of the office she enjoys riding her Harley Davidson Motorcycle, Do It Yourself Projects at home and attending sporting events for her grandchildren.
Rose Marquez is a 2017 Non Profit Executive Leadership Academy Fellow with The SISGI Group.