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Interviews With Thought Leaders
Impact Investing with a Gender Lens
Marc Rand of Community Capital Advisors interviews Kaylene Alvarez, CEO of Athena Global Alliance, a woman-owned consulting firm applying private sector financing approaches to solve traditional development challenges. They are experts in gender lens investing (GLI). Marc and Kaylene discuss the disparities women face in finance, the difference in impact investing between the U.S. and other parts of the world, recent trends in women-dominated industries, the role of impact investing for businesses led by women of color, and many other topics. Clink on the links below to watch each clip:
Overview of CDFIs and How They Support Small Businesses
Sarah Bennett of Community Capital Advisors interviews Elizabeth Schott, CEO of Accessity (formerly Accion), a CDFI serving small businesses in Southern California. They explore topics such as what the small business community needs most during COVID, how CDFIs are stepping up to meet those needs, and how foundations can best partner with CDFIs like Accessity.
The Importance of Lending to People of Color
Ra’Shaud Haines, Community Investment Fund Manager of Foundation for Louisiana, discusses lending to entrepreneurs of color with Marc Rand, Managing Partner of Community Capital Advisors. Their conversation starts off with how race and class have affected communities of color, especially entrepreneurs, and why it is so important to support people of color through traditional banking. Furthermore, they discuss what lenders should consider when lending to entrepreneurs, and give their thoughts on the lack of banks that are owned and operated by people of color.
Investing in Farmers
Reggie Knox, Executive Director of California FarmLink, discusses investing in farmers with Marc Rand. They talk about how to support small farmers, different policies that affect them, and what resilience looks like in this community. They also discuss racism faced by farmers of color, and how to avoid these pitfalls.
Community Foundation Impact Investing
Susan Farrar, Chief Operating and Financial Officer of Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County (CFSCC), discusses impact investing with Marc Rand. Their conversation covers her 20 year tenure at CFSCC, how the foundation got into impact investing over time, engaging stakeholders across board, donors, and executive staff leadership in the process. Today, the foundation currently manages $136 million portfolio through 625 funds, including $12.6 million in annual grantmaking - with the majority coming from donor advised funds.