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Centering civil rights in CDFI work

Elizabeth Grossman July 12, 2022

CDFIs were created as part of the civil rights movement, but many CDFIs are failing to use the tools they have to address the racial wealth gap. BIPOC leaders of CDFIs have helped to re-center that mission. Building off a series of roundtables on re-centering civil rights within the CDFI movement, and advocacy efforts that have resulted from these roundtables, this panel will discuss the best practices for CDFIs committed to this mission, particularly those that feel hamstrung by certain regulations and laws they may feel impede this mission. It will be led by leaders of the CDFI industry who are centering their own experiences in their advocacy efforts.


Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Power and Capital


Purpose and Desired Outcome

To engage CDFI leaders to think about how they can better serve BIPOC communities


  • Service Providers

  • Government

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Academia


  • NameBulbul Gupta
  • TitlePresident and CEO
  • OrganizationPacific Community Ventures
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameLenwood Long
  • TitlePresident and CEO
  • OrganizationAfrican American Alliance of CDFI CEOs
  • StatusConfirmed
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