Investing for Racial Equity: CDFIs

In this next session in our series on Investing for Racial Equity, we will hear from some of the leading names in the Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) sector about the deep impact of CDFIs and the unique opportunities they present to invest to address the racial wealth gap.  CDFIs provide vital credit and financial services to underserved populations making loans for housing, business, consumer, and community infrastructure. Their impact recently has been and remains especially critical to help those in low income communities survive the economic effects of the pandemic.

Our panel includes:

Amir Kirkwood, Chief Lending and Investment Officer of Opportunity Finance Network , the National Association of CDFIs.

Caroline Yarborough, Syndications and Strategy Officer of Calvert Impact Capital, one of the largest non-profit investment firms that funnels capital to CDFIs at favorable rates.

Lori Chatman, President of Enterprise Community Loan Fund , one of the largest CDFI affordable housing loan funds in the US.

Steve Zuckerman, President of Self-Help Federal Credit Union, part of a leading national CDFI with more than 70 credit union branches in low income communities in CA, WA, IL, WI, NC, SC and FL. 

This session will be held in virtual format via Zoom. The meeting access info will be sent via Eventbrite confirmation emails. To access the meeting info, Eventbrite will require you to log in or create an account if you don’t already have one.

You will receive confirmation emails from Eventbrite 48 hours before the event, 2 hours before the event, and as the event begins. In any of these confirmation emails, click the orange “Go to online event page” box. This will take you to a screen with a gray “video” square. When you’re ready to join the meeting, click on the arrow in the gray square, which will take you to the Zoom meeting.

If you have additional questions or have difficulties joining the meeting, please contact Lucinda Brommersma (, Director of Partner Engagement.