Meet the Candidates

Inform Your Vote: Get to Know the Candidates for OFN’s Four Open Board Seats

The OFN 2017 Board Elections campaign is on! Learn about the men and women who have thrown their hats in the ring for the four open seats on OFN’s Board of Directors. Enjoy the candidates’ campaign materials below. Visit this page often—throughout the next month, we’ll interview each candidate for the OFN blog and post the interviews here as they’re available.

Then, participate in shaping the OFN Board and influencing the industry by voting at the OFN Membership Meeting on Thursday, September 28, from 8:45 AM–10:15 AM. Can’t make it to the Conference? Contact Seth Julyan to vote by proxy!

To ensure an efficient voting process, please identify your CDFI’s Voting Delegate in advance of the September 28 Membership Meeting and contact Emily Tunney with the delegate’s name. Voting Delegates will be able to pick up their ballots 30 minutes before the start of the Membership Meeting.

 

Michael BannerChrystel CorneliusGary CunninghamAnne DyjakDonna GambrellTate HillShane JettLenwood V. Long SrCarla ManningsAndy Posner

Michael Banner

President & CEO
Los Angeles LDC, Inc.

Michael Banner is the President and CEO of the Los Angeles LDC, Inc. (LDC), a U.S. Department of Treasury certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) with a mission to provide capital and advisory services to foster positive community development impacts in distressed neighborhoods by aligning the needs of borrowers and investors. READ MORE

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Chrystel Cornelius

Executive Director
First Nations Oweesta

Chrystel Cornelius is the Executive Director of First Nations Oweesta Corporation (Oweesta). Incorporated in 1999, Oweesta is the sole National Intermediary Lender for Native CDFIs in the nation. READ MORE

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Gary Cunningham

President & CEO
MEDA

Meda was established in 1971 to create thriving communities of color through equal economic participation. Our mission is to help minority entrepreneurs succeed. We do this by providing access to capital, business consulting and technical assistance services, and access to markets. READ MORE

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Anne Dyjak

Managing Director, Capital Investments
Primary Care Development Corporation

I am Anne Dyjak and I humbly request your support of my candidacy for the OFN Board. I am the Managing Director of Capital Investments at Primary Care Development (more commonly known as PCDC). PCDC is a national non-profit community development loan fund committed to catalyzing healthy thriving communities in underserved areas with a 25 year history of capital investment, capacity building technical assistance and advocacy. READ MORE

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Donna Gambrell

President & CEO
Appalachian Community Capital

Our backgrounds don’t often clearly reveal the paths we’ll eventually take in life. I come from very humble roots. My grandparents were sharecroppers, domestic workers, and laborers. After 20 years as a supply clerk in the military, my father’s last job—prior to his passing in 1991–was in a blue collar position at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. READ MORE

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Tate Hill

Senior Manager – Administration
Fresno CDFI

Hello, my name is Tate Hill, senior manager of administration for Fresno CDFI newly rebranded as Access Plus Capital and I am a 2017 candidate for the OFN Board of Directors. Access Plus is a subsidiary of Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC), one of the largest community action agencies in the country. READ MORE

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Shane Jett

Executive Director/CEO
Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation

I am grateful for the tremendous privilege of serving you on the Opportunity Finance Network board these past three years. This term was one of significant and unexpected transitions. It took all of our skills, courage and long hours to navigate the many changes. READ MORE

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Lenwood V. Long, Sr.

President & CEO
Carolina Small Business Development Fund

It is my honor to be a candidate to represent the interests of the membership of the Opportunity Finance Network (OFN). Over the years, I have served in various capacities within this industry. Yet there would be nothing more satisfying than an opportunity to represent the mission and interests of my colleagues in this industry. READ MORE

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Carla Mannings

Chief Program Development Officer
Partners for the Common Good

I am a candidate for OFN’s Board of Directors, respectfully seek your support, and ask for your vote. A great deal has changed in the landscape of our community development industry from only a year ago and we have lots of work ahead of us. READ MORE

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Andy Posner

Founder & CEO
The Capital Good Fund

My name is Andy Posner. I am the Founder and CEO of Capital Good Fund, a nonprofit CDFI headquartered in Providence, RI and with operations throughout all of Rhode Island, Delaware, and Florida. Our mission is to provide equitable financial services that create pathways out of poverty. READ MORE

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