Kate R. Finn
Executive Director

Kate R. Finn is Executive Director of First Peoples Worldwide. Her areas of focus and research expertise include Indigenous Peoples law and policy, federal Indian law, preventing violence against women, sustainable finance, and business and human rights. Her recent work focuses on articulating the impacts of development in Indigenous communities as business and financial risks to forecast the materiality and opportunity of embedding respect for Indigenous Peoples into routine business operations. 

Among several papers and articles, she has authored or co-authored Indigenizing Catalytic Capital, Harnessing Private Equity for Indigenous PeoplesThe Business Case for Indigenous RightsIndigenous Rights as a Central Value in Investing in Net Zero Investing, Supply Chains & Sovereignty Native-Led Food Systems Solutions, Indigenous Peoples’ Human Rights as a Minimum Standard for Corporate Practice, Social Cost and Material Loss: The Dakota Access Pipeline, and Responsible Resource Development and Prevention of Sex Trafficking: Safeguarding Native Women and Children on the Fort Berthold Reservation.   

Ms. Finn holds a J.D. and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, and a B.A. from Princeton University. She was the inaugural American Indian Law Program Fellow at the University of Colorado Law, where she worked directly with Tribes and Native communities. She serves on the boards of First Nations Community Financial, Unified Solutions Tribal Community Development Group, Cultural Survival, and on the Stewardship Circle of Adasina Social Capital. Ms. Finn is an enrolled citizen of the Osage Nation.