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The power of local: CDFIs as a tool to advance racial equity & justice

Jordana Fremed June 28, 2022

Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) have a long history of investing in local institutions, providing financing to marginalized communities, and striving to change the systems that keep racial disparity in place. And as the challenges have grown, so too have the solutions and the partnerships that CDFIs have built to continue to drive much needed capital into underserved communities. In this session, we’ll meet some of the innovators working within these community development champions and the innovative approaches they’re taking to make progress toward racial equity and justice in the US.


Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Justice


racial equity, community finance, community development, systematic change

Purpose and Desired Outcome

To educate the audience on the role CDFIs play in advancing racial justice and equity in their local communities and nationwide and the unique partnerships and approaches these institutions are taking to build non-extractive financial systems for underserved communities.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Service Providers

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)


  • NameJordana Fremed
  • TitleSenior Director, Impact Investing
  • OrganizationCapShift
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameTBD
  • TitleTBD
  • OrganizationIf selected - we will invite speakers from a subset of the following: TruFund Financial, Seed Commons, Oweesta, and / or OFN
  • StatusInvited
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