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  • Latest From OFN's President & CEO Lisa Mensah



This is a selection of recent appearances by Lisa Mensah, the President and CEO of Opportunity Finance Network (OFN).

Financing Rural America
National Press Foundation
September 15, 2021

Lisa Mensah joined a discussion with the National Press Foundation highlighting the Biden Administration contributing $1.25 Billion into rural lending and how community development financial institution experts say CDFIs can help alleviate rural poverty as well as racial inequities where previous pandemic relief failed.

Increasing Access to Homeownership: How America Can Increase Housing Affordability and Close the Wealth Gap
Urban Institute
August 24, 2021

Lisa Mensah joined the Urban Institute for a virtual event exploring data and research on why homeownership is so much more affordable than renting and a robust discussion of what can be done to increase access to homeownership. The discussion focused on not only what the federal government can do, but what states, local governments, and organizations such as community development financial institutions can do now by tapping into available resources.

Future of Diversity in Small Business with Ron Busby, Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) & Lisa Mensah
Washington Post Live
July 22, 2021

Watch Lisa Mensah, Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), and other prominent business leaders explore the future of diversity in small business, the challenges minority-owned businesses often face in raising capital and how government and the private sector can work to keep these critically important enterprises thriving.

Impact Briefing: CDFI's and Juneteenth
ImpactAlpha Podcast
June 18, 2021

Lisa Mensah joins host Monique Aiken to reflect on Juneteenth, community lending, and today’s opportunity for a just reconstruction.

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Vice President Harris Delivers Remarks on Providing Access to Capital to Small Businesses
The White House
June 15, 2021

Lisa Mensah, President and CEO of Opportunity Finance Network, joined Vice President Kamala Harris, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Chairwoman Maxine Waters, and Senator Mark Warner in announcing a federal award of $1.25 billion to more than 800 community lenders in an effort to speed the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Senate Hearing: The Paycheck Protection Program: Performance, Impact, and Next Steps
U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
March 22, 2021

Lisa Mensah — president and CEO of Opportunity Finance Network — was invited to speak during the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship's hearing, "The Paycheck Protection Program: Performance, Impact, and Next Steps."

Community Development Financial Institutions: Financing Justice, Investing in Hope With Lisa Mensah
Capital for Good Podcast - Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School
March 2, 2021

Lisa Mensah, president and CEO of Opportunity Finance Network, discusses economic and community development finance institutions (CDFIs), finance justice, and ways the Biden-Harris Administration can support CDFIs to "finance hope" and help struggling communities build back stronger.

Public Policy Wins to Benefit Communities: The Roles for Mission Investors in 2021
Mission Investors Exchange
February 3, 2021

In this webinar, Shena Ashley of Urban Institute, Melanie Audette of Mission Investors Exchange, Lisa Mensah of Opportunity Finance Network, and Fran Seegull of The U.S. Impact Investing Alliance will reveal public policy recommendations that can best leverage private capital for public good, and the roles foundations can take to advance these policies for a just and equitable recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Financing Racial Equity: National CDFI Perspectives
NAAHL/CCL Webinar Series
January 22, 2021

Watch what OFN President and CEO, Lisa Mensah, and three other national CDFI leaders have to say about how a renewed focus on racial equity is changing their work, the practice of community development, and the public policy agenda.

How Can We Help Americans Recover From a Pandemic?
An Atlantic Roundtable, Underwritten by Google
December 29, 2020

This recap from The Atlantic's roundtable held in November 2020, and underwritten by Google, features insights from OFN President and CEO Lisa Mensah, along with academic leaders, policymakers, and economic experts from across the nation.