Episode 04: The CDFI Women’s Network

The CDFI Women’s Network was launched in 2016 to foster opportunities for a diverse and inclusive group of women in community development finance to connect, share, and learn from each other to advance their professional development.  It has grown into an industry-wide initiative that brings together women from CDFIs, foundations, banks, government entities, and other institutions in the impact lending industry from Albuquerque to New York City and beyond.  Listen to this episode to hear from its founders as they discuss its mission, its origins, and its future plans.

Today’s Guests:

Vicky Stein, CRF, USA

Victoria (Vicky) Stein is Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF).  At CRF, Vicky is responsible for developing strategic partnerships with mission-aligned lenders to deliver a full suite of offerings, including capital solutions, lender services and capital markets products. She also manages CRF’s policy development and advocacy activities. Vicky is Co-Founder of the CDFI Women’s Network and serves on the Board of the CDFI Coalition.

A long-time consultant to community-based nonprofits, Vicky brings extensive experience in the financial services sector, as a bank regulator, as well as public legislative and policy expertise as staff to a senior member of the House Banking and Small Business Committees. Representing the interests of nonprofits, she played an active role in the legislative process that led to the establishment of the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. Vicky holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA from Middlebury College.

Megan Teare has been working in the community development field for over 20 years. She is currently a senior vice president with the Wells Fargo Community Lending and Investment group in Minneapolis, MN, where she manages the program that provides enterprise-level capital to CDFIs and nonprofit housing developers. Megan also serves as a board member of Neighborworks Capital and Partners for the Common Good, and as a member of Opportunity Fund’s Finance Committee. Before joining Wells Fargo, she served as senior loan officer at the McAuley Institute and as a consultant to nonprofit housing developers. She has an undergraduate degree in architectural history from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Virginia.

If you’d like to contact Vicky or Megan, contact us and we will put you in touch.

Resources Related to This Episode:

Community Reinvestment Fund, USA: www.crfusa.com

Wells Fargo Community Lending and Investment: www.wellsfargo.com/com/financing/real-estate/community-lending-investment

CDFI Connect (erroneously referred to as OFN Connect in this episode): www.cdficonnect.org

FUND Community Institute: fundci.org

Landit: landit.com

Community Development Bankers Association (erroneously referred to as the Community Development Bankers Alliance in this episode): www.cdbanks.org

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