Kendra has always had a passion for building strong communities. After working in the cooperative movement for nearly 20 years, building financial education curriculum for school systems and small business economic opportunities in underserved communities, Kendra moved to continue her passion of economic development in the state of Montana where she served as the executive director of Montana’s Credit Unions for Community Development.
Most recently Kendra has served Montana through her work at the Department of Commerce working on the State Small Business Credit Initiative. There she worked closely with businesses across the state who struggle to find conventional loans to start up or expand of their business. Her work is supported by a degree in communications from Eastern Washington University and extended credit union management training from Western CUNA Management School, at Pomona University.
During her early years of motherhood, Kendra taught preschool for four years at a center in Spokane, Wash., where she became passionate about the education of children. While recently attending a conference, Kendra heard about the impactful work being done at Zero to Five Montana and decided she needed to be a part of it. She joins the team as business advisor.
In her free time, Kendra loves tending to her five goats & 14 chickens, traveling the state with her husband and dog, camping and rock hounding (garnets are her favorite.)