Elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2004, Shane Jett developed a reputation for fighting for Indian Country and tribal sovereignty. Believing in a collaborative approach to policy making, he has a track record of working across the aisle for issues important to his district and to Oklahoma.
In 2011, Jett became become Executive Director and CEO of the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation, then the largest tribally owned commercially-focused CDFI in the Nation.
As of 2016, our tribal CDFI had raised over $70.6 million dollars to address the lack of access to capital and business development services within our Native community. To date, we have lent more than $56.6 million to Native American clients. In turn, our clients have created or retained over 1,411 jobs during the last 13 years. As a Native CDFI, we are proud to have led the way by being the only Native CDFI to apply for the 2014 and 2015 US Treasury Guarantee Bond Program. In addition to these fund raising efforts, our CDFI was awarded$25 million by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development, Community Facilities for re-lending, the only Native CDFI to be included in this program.
In 2017, he concludes his 1st 3 year term and will be eligible for re-election on the Board of Directors of the Opportunity Finance Network the premier trade organization for Community Development Financial Institutions. Shane is a business graduate from Oklahoma Baptist University. He is fluent in three languages and has a certificate in Legislative Leadership from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He is also an officer in the United States Navy Reserve, where he has served with some of the Nation’s finest men and women in uniform.
He is an active member of the Cherokee Nation and is passionate about preserving Cherokee heritage, history and culture for future generation. He was appointed to the Cherokee Compensation Board and also serves as the President on the Board of Trustees of the Cherokee National Historical Society. He was instrumental in founding the Oklahoma Native American Caucus, and was a charter member of the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators where he served on the Economic Development, Tribal Relations and Trust Responsibilities Committees.