OFN Conference 2017 was the largest ever gathering of CDFI practitioners, funders, investors, students, and more. More than 1,400 individuals gathered in Washington, D.C. to discover and share best practices about how CDFIs Invest in communities, in innovation, in our nation’s future.

Across more the 60 breakout sessions and bookended by engaging plenaries that explored the CDFI industry’s past, present, and future, the OFN Conference was a thrilling two-day experience. A few highlights include:

  • Addresses from four Members of Congress: Senator Jeff Merkley (OR) and Representative Tom Graves (GA-14) on Wednesday; and Senator Steve Daines (MT) and Representative Keith Ellison (MN-5) on Thursday. A taped welcome message was also delivered by Federal Reserve Bank Chief Janet Yellen as well as remarks by Senator Shelley Moore Capito (WV).
  • Lisa Mensah delivered her first keynote official keynote as the President and CEO of OFN. Titled Walking Together, the address paid homage to OFN’s past—in the spirit of Sankofa—and looked ahead to how the industry must continue to walk together to support social, economic, and political justice. Read the transcript here.
  • The CDFI industry honored its own with the Ned Gramlich Lifetime Achievement Award for Responsible Finance. This year the award posthumously recognized Linda Davenport and John Berdes, with touching tributes from family members and colleagues.
  • The annual Native Awards, honored Angie Main with the Visionary Leader Award, The Sequoyah Fund with the Circle of Honor Award, and Rodger Boyd with the first-ever Rodger Boyd Nat’aanii Award for Advancing National Policy Inclusion.
  • CDFI Fund Director Annie Donovan shared insights through data on the impactful work of CDFIs, and the need to continue to grow the industry.

Visit our OFN Conference recap page to see these highlights and more, including video recordings of our opening and closing plenaries, resources from sessions—including pre-conference sessions around impact investing—and more.


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