The 2016 Board Elections season kicks off today with the official call for nominations, and culminates on October 26, when OFN Members vote at OFN Connect (also known as the Annual Membership Meeting) at the Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Call for Nominations

The OFN Governance Committee urges Members to nominate colleagues within their organizations and across the Membership who would make strong candidates for the OFN Board. To ensure that the OFN Board represents the diversity of OFN’s Membership, the Board encourages representatives of CDFIs led by people of color, Native CDFIs, and small and emerging CDFIs to consider running.

The 2016 Board Elections cycle is not only an election for new Board Members, it is an election for the future leadership and direction of OFN and the industry.

In June, OFN announced a significant transition—after more than 20 years at our helm, Mark Pinsky stepped down as President & CEO to explore new challenges. The current Board is actively engaged in a search for the next leader of OFN and the CDFI industry, and the newly elected Board members will be part of that process.

This is an important election year because of OFN’s ongoing CEO search and shifts in the external environment that present new challenges and opportunities for CDFIs.

2016 Board Vacancies

Three (3) Board members are completing their first three (3) year term and are eligible to run for a second three (3) year term:

  • Lori Chatman, OFN Board Chair, Enterprise Community Loan Fund
  • Dave Glaser, OFN Board Vice Chair, Montana and Idaho Community Development Corporation
  • Inez Long, Chair, OFN Board Equity Committee, Black Business Investment Fund Florida

In addition, OFN’s current Board Treasurer, Julia Nelmark of Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation, is completing her second three (3) year term and is not eligible to run for re-election due to OFN’s Board Term Limits. The OFN Board has decided to postpone filling Julia’s seat until 2017 so that both 2016 and 2017 have three (3) seats open for election.

The OFN Governance & Nominating Committee strives to present at least two (2) more candidates than seats available (i.e., at least five (5) candidates for three (3) seats in 2016), and must report the qualifications of all qualifying candidates to the Membership prior to the vote.

The OFN Board will choose its officers after the 2016 election.


Nominees for the OFN Board must be on the staff or Board of an OFN Member organization and receive nominations from at least two OFN Member CDFIs to qualify as a candidate. Email your nominee's name and contact information (including her or his organization) to Emily Tunney by August 25 at 5:00 PM ET.

To learn more, visit OFN Elections Central, and join us for our upcoming Staying Connected webinar on August 9, 2:00–3:00 PM geared toward prospective Board candidates.



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