• 2019 Small Business Finance Forum Registration is Open

    OFN's 2019 Small Business Finance Forum will bring more than 350 representatives of CDFIs, other mission-driven small business lenders, and their partners together for a day and a half of valuable learning and networking that supports their mutual business goal of helping our nation's small businesses succeed.  New this year, we offer a community development tour following the closing lunch plenary for those who want to get out and see CDFI small business work on the ground in Chicago.

    Register here.
  • Amir Kirkwood joins OFN as chief lending and investment officer

    OFN is excited to announce Amir Kirkwood will join us as Chief Lending and Investment Officer starting February 1, 2019. In this newly created position, Amir will be responsible for the strategy, development, implementation, and risk management of OFN’s financial services.

    OFN President and CEO Lisa Mensah highlighted in the press release announcing his hire, “This is a pivotal moment for our field, and Amir’s deep knowledge and experience, as well as his sincere appreciation for CDFIs and dedication to moving money into hard to reach communities, will help OFN grow resources for CDFIs. His knowledge of our industry, gained from years of serving as an investor in it, perfectly positions him to make the CDFI case with new investors and to expand our reach into new markets.”
  • Annie Donovan Steps Down as Director of the CDFI Fund

    Annie Donovan announced she is stepping down from her role as Director of the CDFI Fund effective January 4, 2019. She will be succeeded by Jodie Harris who served as Director of the office of Small Business, Community Development.

    Read her full announcement here.
  • Call for CDFI Women's Network Volunteers

    The CDFI Women's Network is seeking volunteers to serve on its Programming, Local Chapters, Communications, and Technology Committees. We invite you to take advantage of this great leadership opportunity to meet the brilliant women of the CDFI industry, help build the Network AND your career!

    Our goal is to recruit 6-8 volunteers per committee who will help shape the work of each committee, for a total of up to 24-32 volunteers. We're looking for women with creative ideas and energy, who have time to add this extra-curricular activity to their (likely already busy) schedules. We're also looking for women at any stage of their career, experienced or new to the industry, in any role within their organization, and from diverse backgrounds. We welcome women working for CDFIs, banks, foundations, government agencies, consulting firms, research firms or any organization supporting the CDFI ecosystem.

    Committee Descriptions:

    ·        Programming Committee: Develop programs and services to connect and build the capacity of CWN members, including learning and professional development opportunities and curating content for CWN's CDFI Connect Online Community

    ·        Chapters Committee: Support the growth of local/virtual chapters of the CWN

    ·        Technology Committee: Working in collaboration with OFN staff to manage the CDFI Connect Online Community and member database; work with all other committees to disseminate information to the network

    ·        Communications Committee: Capture and communicate (via the online community, social media, etc.) the role and successes of the CWN and its members; assist local chapters in planning networking events; and assist the CDFI Women's Network in general outreach and communications activities

    Committee members will be asked to have an initial meeting by the end of September and report out on their priorities and progress at the CWN gathering at OFN's annual conference in Chicago in October.

    This opportunity is on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't hesitate to contact us if you're interested! We may not be able to accommodate everyone in this first round of volunteering, but we will keep everyone's name on a list and offer short-term opportunities in the future.

    Please sign up to volunteer using this   
    You can also email Vicky Stein and/or Megan Teare if you have any questions.

    Apply for a committee volunteer position here by end of day Friday, September 7.

    Thank you for your interest and we look forward to working with you!


    Victoria E. Stein
    Vice President of Strategic Partnerships
    Community Reinvestment Fund, USA

    Megan Teare
    Senior Vice President
    Wells Fargo Community Lending and Investment