Board Corner

A Message from CIRI Board Director Cynthia Muller

My name is Cynthia Muller, and I am honored to serve my fellow shareholders on the CIRI Board of Directors. Thank you for your support in electing me as a new Director at this year’s Annual Meeting. I commit to you that I will bring my nearly 20 years of finance and community-oriented economic development skills to benefit current and future generations of CIRI shareholders.

I am Haida and grew up the oldest of three sisters in Chugiak, Alaska. I am connected to CIRI through my maternal grandmother, the late Joy Hamilton Nelson Cutshall, and my mother, uncles and aunt, all of whom are original enrollees.

I grew up with CIRI and my Alaska Native heritage. Support from The CIRI Foundation and the Sealaska Heritage Institute enabled me to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Stanford University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Washington.

My first job was at CIRI affiliate Southcentral Foundation (SCF), where I supported many of the organization’s capital improvements and special projects. In fact, it was my job at SCF that inspired my career in finance. I also had the opportunity to serve on CIRI’s Shareholder Participation Committee (SPC) from 2002 to 2005.

Today, I am the director of mission-driven investments at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation where I oversee a $160 million investment portfolio. This capital directly advances the foundation’s social mission of supporting vulnerable children, which we accomplish primarily though private market investing.

CIRI’s reason for being is to promote the economic and social well-being of its shareholders not only through dividends, but through educational, social-service and other cultural benefits. In serving as your Director, I will bring my experience deploying and managing investment capital to an already outstanding Board. I am confident that by staying focused on CIRI’s mission, vision and values, we will continue to forge ahead with greater cultural and financial strength.