One benefit of hosting a conference in Washington, D.C. is the opportunity for OFN and CDFIs to network and engage with members of Congress.
CDFI Fund Director Annie Donovan delivered a keynote address to the OFN Conference on Thursday. Lisa Mensah, OFN President and CEO, introduced Director Donovan saying, “During times which are tough we need leaders like Annie to do what’s needed to increase economic opportunity.”
OFN Conference opened on Wednesday, September 27 with a call to “Hold On, Be Strong.” As one attendee wrote on Twitter “WOW! What a way to start the day!"
On the afternoon September 26, seventy-seven individuals from the CDFI industry represented 59 different organizations in the halls of Capitol Hill. As a result, close to 100 congressional offices in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle heard directly from CDFIs about CDFI impact.