Deidra Mitchell serves as President & CEO of Waséyabek Development Company, LLC, (WDC), a 100% Tribally-owned economic development entity of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP). Since joining the Grand Rapids-based firm in April 2016, she has aligned resources, gained consensus from stakeholders, orchestrated the acquisition of 2 income properties, 1 consulting firm, and a manufacturing company for the WDC business portfolio.
Her efforts have resulted in a stronger internal and external business infrastructure, increased revenue, WDC brand recognition, and a 375% increase in assets under management.
Deidra, a Kent State University graduate, has started 10 businesses and held several executive-level positions in Indian-Country including Executive VP of Business Development, COO, and CEO. Private owners, Corporations, Native American Companies, and Alaska Native Corporations have benefited by gaining new business ventures that were researched, formed, and launched under her direction.
Under Ms. Mitchell’s direction, Waseyabek Federal Services, LLC (WFS) received 8(a) certification in September 2018. WFS is a subsidiary of WDC and currently holds a subcontract at the White House to perform construction management services. WFS also entered into a Mentor-Protégé and subsequent Joint Venture with a large firm supplying engineering, operations, maintenance, environmental, administrative, safety, and technical capabilities to government, prime contractors and private sector clients. The JV recently won its first multi-award, prime contract to provide facilities support services to GSA properties along the Eastern Seaboard.
Managing a sovereign wealth fund that has deployed $34.4 million dollars over the last 24 months and will deploy more over the next five years, Ms. Mitchell has focused the company on creating a diversified portfolio of investment real estate, conventional commercial operating businesses, and companies operating in the Federal sector. The purpose of her efforts is to foster the development of a stable, diversified economy for members of NHBP, contribute to their long-term sustainability and self-sufficiency; while managing risk, and creating quality employment opportunities for Tribal Members.
Life outside of work includes nature, hiking, mosaic art, traveling, pets, fishing, writing, reading, and spending time with family and friends.