Next Street is hosting an interview series with CDFI leaders to answer the following questions (among others):

  • Have CDFIs become too “bank-like” in their investing to fulfill their mission?
  • What is the role of CDFIs in driving holistic cross-sector integration to lift up people and places?
  • How do you measure the impact of your work, and how does that inform decision-making?
  • What innovation is needed in the CDFI industry?
  • How do you create economies of scale while responding to the needs of local markets?
  • How is the funding environment changing and how can you access capital markets and impact investing to achieve greater scale?

In the series, you can expect to hear from:

  • Ellis Carr, President and Chief Executive Officer, Capital Impact Partners
  • Maurice Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  • Adam Zimmerman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Craft3
  • Joe Neri, President and Chief Executive Officer, IFF
  • Elyse Cherry, Chief Executive Officer, Boston Community Capital
  • Luz Urrutia, Chief Executive Officer, Opportunity Fund
  • Betsy Biemann, Chief Executive Officer, Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
  • Frank Altman, Chief Executive Officer, Community Reinvestment Fund, USA

Several interviews are already complete with the rest coming soon.