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Jason Friedman

Friedman Associates

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Jason Friedman is nationally recognized for his leadership and accomplishments in community development finance for underrepresented populations.  With thirty years of experience, he is sought out by the public and private sectors to build the capacity of nonprofit lenders.

Friedman Associates (FA) is a CDFI consulting services firm of senior-level practitioners. We are relentlessly dedicated to building the financial and intellectual capacity of nonprofit lenders. Our team of CDFI Consultants have launched loan funds; implemented growth strategies; captured new markets; and raised millions for capital and operations.

Before joining Friedman Associates in 2007, he was the Director of National Consulting Services for Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore.  From 2002-2005, he was Director of Training for the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO), the national association of microenterprise development organizations.  He re-designed member training services, led a national project to create performance standards for the industry, and authored several manuals on high performance programs.

From 1995-2002, Mr. Friedman was V.P. of Economic Development for the Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED), a statewide CDC in Iowa. Friedman oversaw a significant expansion of ISED’s small business development program to include immigrants and refugees, a Women’s Business Center, matched savings and EITC programs.  Previously, he served as an Economic Development Advisor to New York Governor Mario M. Cuomo.

Today, Friedman Associates works with emerging CDFIs and established lenders to implement growth strategies that increase volume and impact. Our core competencies include:

  • Development of nonprofit community loan funds
  • Feasibility studies for product and/or market expansion
  • Creation of Financial Products and Development Services
  • Business and Operations plans to guide implementation, growth and sustainability
  • Deep dive analysis of loan fund operations to assess performance and impact
  • Capitalization Plans and Fund Development Strategies
  • Developing metrics to measure program performance and impact
Select past and current clients include the Cleveland Foundation, Finance Fund, NW Capital, Invest Detroit, Detroit Development Fund, MEDA, Volunteers of America, Northwest Area Foundation, Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) U.S. Small Business Administration, New Jersey Community Loan Fund, Grameen USA, National Association of Latino Asset Builders, National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), Northern Maine Community Development Corporation; LiftFund and the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations.