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Rick Thomas

Vice President, Community Development & Transformation



Rick enjoys the honor of a tribal name bestowed upon him by the National Resources Director of the Nisqually Tribe. The bonding and friendship that came through his work with the Tribe is also experienced by the credit unions Rick (Two Canoes) advises.


As Vice President of  Community Development & Transformation, he leads an elite group of community development managers to design comprehensive plans that affect change credit union by credit union and touch millions of lives. 

Rick stretches CU Strategic Planning’s experience deeper into community development and serving Native CDFIs. He implemented a USDA Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program for the Affiliated Tribes of NW Indians, a certified Native CDFI member of the NW Native Lending Network. As impressive, he designed and implemented a $7.75 million Community Economic Revitalization Board Grant for Nisqually Indian Tribe.

His passion for community development started during his 17-year venture in Uzbekistan where he developed low-cost projects to empower the underserved in Ferghana Valley communities including knitting, sewing, and briquette manufacturing projects. Trilingual, he also assisted with the translation of Soviet-based financial reporting to US GAAP financial reporting standards for shareholders and lending institutions including EBRD, ADB, and IFC.

Rick holds an MBA, a BA of Psychology, and BSBA in Marketing.


He lives in Lacey, Washington with his wife and three children ranging from pre-to-prime teen years. He finds peace in playing the guitar.