Ms. Maria Valandra

Joined Northwest Area Foundation: February 2015

Maria Valandra has 24 years’ experience in the banking industry. Currently, she is focused on partnering with Native community development financial institutions (CDFIs) to help them execute their goals.

Prior to her contracting role with Native CDFIs, Maria worked for First Interstate Bank, a regional bank headquartered in Billings, MT. Most recently, she was a senior vice president and chief synergy officer. In earlier roles, she was senior vice president of talent management and organization development and vice president of community development.

Her past board service is extensive and includes co-founding the Montana Indian Business Alliance and the Montana Financial Education Coalition.

Valandra holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Montana State University in Bozeman. She is a member of the Nekaneet Band of the Cree First Nation of Saskatchewan. Originally from Great Falls, MT, Maria now resides in Billings with her husband and one of her three sons.