Michael Bland

Michael Bland

CDE manager | Travois New Markets

What does it mean to be CDE manager? It means I know a guy who can give me a four-wheeler ride from Goodnews Bay Seafoods to the Platinum, Alaska, Airport. It means I know the best places to stop for lunch on the way to Shiprock, New Mexico. It means I have seen the Rams take the court against other Tribal Colleges and Universities. It means I get to interact with our amazing advisory board members.

It is my job to document and measure the community impacts of New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) investments in Indian Country. I can help you get access to favorable financing through the NMTC program by helping you tell your story. NMTC investors and Community Development Entities (CDEs) base investment decisions on which developments create quality jobs, generate environmental benefits and otherwise positively impact low-income communities. Contact Travois so we can start talking about the best way to tell your story and position your development for success.

I have an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia (Go ‘Hoos!) and a master’s from the University of Texas (Hook ‘Em!). As a music lover and record collector, I look for ways to incorporate music and the arts into community impact measurement.

I’ve been fortunate to travel all over the world — I’ve visited Istanbul, Turkey and climbed the Great Pyramid of Khufu (twice!). Travelling and learning about new places and cultures inspires me. I am looking forward to meeting you and learning about what you are doing to strengthen your community.