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BBVA Compass, Opportunity Finance Network announce the 27 dedicated CDFI leaders who will be their 2018 Opportunity Fellows

HOUSTONBBVA Compass and Opportunity Finance Network today announced the names of the 27 dedicated leaders at community development financial institutions who were selected for the 2018 Opportunity Fellows Program, their joint initiative to boost the CDFI industry’s leadership ranks and spur greater access to capital in under-resourced communities.

CDFIs are critical engines of opportunity in low-income communities. They are focused exclusively on bringing capital and technical assistance to those who don’t have access to traditional bank financing. The 27 Opportunity Fellows include emerging, mid-career and executive-level professionals and come from across the United States, including areas with high levels of poverty and income inequality where the work they do is even more pressing. They will be given nine months of training with experts in leadership development and diversity, inclusion and equity — all designed to better support their organizations’ efforts to deliver responsible, affordable lending to low-income, low-wealth, and other underserved communities, especially communities of color.

Johnson-Hall: These 27 individuals are doing transformational work in our communities

“These 27 individuals are doing transformational work in our communities,” said BBVA Compass Community Development Finance Manager Tiena Johnson-Hall, who served on the Opportunity Fellows Program selection committee. “They create opportunities for families and small businesses to reach higher and go farther, and the Opportunity Fellows Program is designed to help them carry forward their missions with confidence.”

This is the second year that BBVA Compass and OFN, the leading membership organization for CDFIs, have joined forces to help cultivate the next generation of leaders and prepare them to influence and reshape their organizations and the industry.

The selection committee chose the 27 Opportunity Fellows from among 79 applicants. The 2018 Opportunity Fellows Program will commence in May for the first of two training sessions in BBVA Compass’ headquarters city of Birmingham, Ala. The second training session is slated for September 2018, and the participants’ final stop for the program will be the OFN Conference in Chicago in October.

During the sessions, participants will engage in interactive activities and experiences, and will learn from leaders in community development finance as well as Birmingham community leaders to understand how to facilitate organizational change that promotes greater diversity and inclusion within their CDFIs as they pursue more equitable investment in communities. To develop the agenda and curriculum, OFN is partnering with the University of Alabama at Birmingham Collat School of Business and the Race Matters Institute.

Fabiani: We are incredibly excited for this year’s class of Opportunity Fellows. They … are strongly committed to being drivers of change for equitable impact through CDFI investments

“We are incredibly excited for this year’s class of Opportunity Fellows,” said Donna Fabiani, Executive Vice President, Knowledge Sharing at OFN. “They represent a diverse range of emerging and seasoned leaders in the CDFI industry that are strongly committed to being drivers of change for equitable impact through CDFI investments.”

Executive Leaders

  • Tina Campbell (Lancaster, Pa.), ASSETS Lancaster
  • Monica Edwards (San Francisco), BRIDGE Impact Capital
  • Larry Holman (Beaufort, S.C.), Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Everett K. Sands (Brea, Calif.), Lendistry
  • Tunua Thrash-Ntuk (Los Angeles), LA LISC
  • Brett C. Traver (Somerset, Ky.), Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation (SKED)
  • Paul Turney (Bryan, Texas), Brazos Valley CDC, Inc.
  • Jon Welty (Columbus, Ohio), Ohio Capital Finance Corporation

Mid-Career Leaders

  • Robin Brule (Albuquerque, N.M.), Nusenda Credit Union
  • Cynthia Garcia (Weslaco, Texas), Affordable Homes of South Texas, Inc.
  • Joe Huber (Cincinnati, Ohio), Cincinnati Development Fund
  • Amber Kani (Austin, Texas), PeopleFund
  • Purvi Patel (San Francisco), Self-Help Federal Credit Union
  • Adria Quinones-Masur (San Jose, Calif.), Housing Trust Silicon Valley
  • Joanna Ramirez Barrett (Minneapolis, Minn.), Meda
  • Ebonie Reed (St. Louis, Mo.), Justine Petersen
  • Namoch Sokhom (Los Angeles), PACE Finance Corporation
  • Anthony Young (Memphis, Tenn.), River City Capital

Emerging Leaders

  • Ashlee Barker (Lansing, Mich.), Cinnaire
  • David Dinoff (Austin, Texas), BCL of Texas
  • Brandon Dorman (Port Angeles, Wash.), Craft3
  • Agnetha Jaime Gloshay (Albuquerque, N.M.), Accion
  • Davin Gordon (Kansas City, Mo.), AltCap
  • Priscilla Jang (San Francisco), Working Solutions
  • Katrin Kark (Washington, D.C.), Rural LISC
  • Ebony Perkins (Durham, N.C.), Self-Help
  • Katie Vail (Jersey City, N.J.), New Jersey Community Capital

Selection committee members included:

  • Bob Dickerson, Executive Director, Birmingham Business Resource Center
  • Donna Fabiani, Executive Vice President of Knowledge Sharing, Opportunity Finance Network
  • David Fleming, CEO, Rev Birmingham
  • Tiena Johnson-Hall, Community Development Finance Manager, BBVA Compass
  • Lauren Stebbins, Vice President of Knowledge Sharing, Opportunity Finance Network

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