The 2019 OFN Conference will be held in Washington, D.C., from October 20-23 at the Washington Hilton, and promises to attract CDFIs, investors, federal policymakers, and other partners committed to expanding economic opportunity throughout the nation.


Keynote Speakers

President Bill Clinton to keynote opening day lunch plenary.

OFN is pleased to welcome to our general stage:

Monday, October 21

  • President Bill Clinton
  • Jovita Carranza, Treasurer of the United States
  • Mike Espy, former US Secretary of Agriculture
  • Martin Gruenberg, FDIC Board of Governors and former Chairman of the FDIC
  • Anne Hazlett, Senior Advisor for Rural Affairs, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President
  • Maurice Jones, President & CEO, LISC
  • Ellen Lazar, Former CDFI Fund Director, Board member, and Consultant
  • Dan Letendre, CDFI Lending & Investing Executive, Bank of America

Tuesday, October 22*

  • Matthew Arnold, Head of ESG and Corporate Responsibility Engagement, JPMorgan Chase
  • Jodie Harris, Director, CDFI Fund
  • Brandee McHale, Head of Corporate Philanthropy, Wells Fargo

*Tuesday lunch plenary sponsored by Woodforest National Bank

Wednesday, October 23

  • Robin Danner, President & CEO, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
  • Martin Eakes, Co-founder and CEO, Self-Help and the Center for Responsible Lending
  • Noel Poyo, Executive Director & CEO, National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders

Industry Awards

The OFN Conference is the place where we recognize leadership, commitment, and innovation in our field:

  • Ned Gramlich Lifetime Achievement Award for Responsible Finance: As our industry’s highest honor, this award is presented annually to an individual who has advanced the opportunity finance field through a lifetime of action and results.
  • Native CDFI Awards Ceremony: In 2019, OFN, Oweesta, and Wells Fargo proudly launched the Native CDFI Awards Program. This year, two awards will be given to Native CDFIs that are creating opportunity and promoting self-sovereignty measures and strategies that advance local efforts for community asset building within their tribal communities.
  • Justice Grant: Selected by the Conference Co-hosts, this award is made on behalf of OFN Conference attendees to a nonprofit organization operating in the Conference’s host city whose mission is consistent with OFN’s core purpose of aligning capital with social, economic, and political justice.

Congressional Visits

Conference attendees from across the country will have the opportunity to meet with Members of Congress and their staffs to describe how CDFIs invest in their communities and benefit their constituents.

CDFI Congressional Champions Awards Reception: Following the congressional visits, OFN will honor Congressional CDFI champions at a Capitol Hill reception.

Native Convening

The OFN Conference offers a day-long Native Gathering for Native CDFIs, breakout sessions specifically targeted to Native CDFIs, and the new Native CDFI Awards Ceremony.

OFN Membership Meeting

OFN members will cast votes to fill three open slots on the OFN Board and hear the results from the year-long member outreach campaign.

Breakout Sessions

More than 50 breakout sessions across 11 tracks, including CDFI Capitalization and Fundraising; Lending and Operations; Healthy, Equitable and Resilient Communities, and more!

Networking Opportunities

From facilitated sessions to informal networking at the OFN Expo and in the halls, you’ll love all the chances you will have to interact with your colleagues from across the country.

OFN Expo

The OFN Expo is the single best opportunity each year to learn about new products, programs, and services for CDFIs. Visit with dozens of CDFI partners and service providers who specialize in our industry.

Tours

Get out of the hotel to see CDFI impact in action. This year’s Conference includes a day-long tour of Baltimore and four D.C. neighborhood tours highlighting the community impact of CDFIs and their partners.

Registration

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