Founder and President
First Peoples Worldwide
Rebecca Adamson, PhD, an Indigenous economist, Founder and President of First Peoples Worldwide, established First Nations Development Institute in 1980, and founded First Peoples Worldwide in 1997. A leader and activist, she utilizes the wisdom and paradigms of Indigenous economics, advocacy, and engagement of corporate social responsibility as tools to catalyze change. Her work established the first microenterprise loan fund in the United States, the first national tribal CDFI intermediary and Calvert Foundation ‘community notes’. Ms. Adamson created the first Indigenous Peoples' rights investment screen in 1999, published the first quantitative risk assessment of Indigenous Rights and established the Shareholder Advocacy Leadership Training Program for Indigenous leaders in addressing extractive industry. Among many awards, Ms. Adamson is honored in the National Women’s History Project, and as one of America’s most influential women as part of the PBS program MAKERS: Women Who Make America.