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Vol. 3 - Issue 10

Nonprofit Finance Fund Selects Aisha Benson as CEO and President

From the NFF Website - full release here

New York, NY — June 29, 2022 — Nonprofit Finance Fund is thrilled to announce Aisha Benson as its next CEO and President.

Benson, a leader with a substantial track record advancing racial equity in community development finance, was selected after an extensive nationwide search and brings exceptional industry expertise, deep networks, and a passion for social justice to the position. She will be NFF’s third permanent CEO and President in its 42-year history.

“Aisha is the right leader at the right time to support NFF’s efforts to help mission-driven organizations achieve communities’ aspirations,” said Henry A. J. Ramos, NFF Board Chair. “Her vision, experience and relationships are an exciting match as NFF continues its tremendous growth.”

Benson will start on August 8, and will be based in New York. She joins NFF from TruFund Financial Services, where as Executive Vice President and COO she was instrumental in developing strategy, securing new business, fundraising, and overseeing lending and tax credit services. 

Benson serves on several key industry boards, including the Opportunity Finance Network, NMTC Coalition (Board Chair) and New York CDFI Coalition (founding member and Vice President). She also serves on the advisory boards of the Community Development Entities of US Bank and Coastal Enterprises.

We are delighted that Aisha will continue in her role of VP of the NYS CDFI Coalition, and wish her the very best in her new role! 

She Means Business! 
Coalition member PathStone brings back popular series for female entrepreneurs

This program was such a success when it launched last year that they're bringing it back by popular demand. While it targets the Buffalo and Rochester regions, the program is virtual, and they are accepting applications from other regions as well. 

The program is a FREE 7-Week Intensive Training that starts on Tuesday, July 26th from 5-7:30PM. Registration is required; the deadline is Friday July 22nd. 

The series will take women entrepreneurs through the steps and processes needed to succeed in business, going from ideation to launch, from recession to expansion, and job creation.

Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in a pitch competition with the chance to win up to $5,000!

Learn more about She Means Business or register here

National Disability Finance Coalition Survey
Bridging the CDFI and Disability Communities

Are you interested in a Community Development Professionals with Disabilities Affinity Group?

  • Are you a person with a disability and/or aim to champion disability inclusion in the Community Development field?
  • Are you seeking open dialogue with colleagues about how we include the disability perspective into our Community Development work and daily lives?
  • Would you like to help design and launch this new affinity group to address the topics you care about?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then please complete this survey to help gauge interest and hear your perspectives that will inform this exciting new initiative.

Take the Survey

Whether you work at a CDFI, a disability services organization, an investment partner, or government agency focused on Community Development, the National Disabilities Finance Coalition welcomes your thoughts and ideas for how an affinity group for professionals with disabilities can support you professionally and personally.

Visit to learn more about the coalition and/or become a member.


If you value the information above - and the updates we provide throughout the year - please join the coalition!

Not sure if your membership is current? Visit our website - if your CDFI is listed in bold - you've paid your dues for 2022. If you have an asterisk* but not bold, you paid in 2021 but not yet this year. If you're not linked at all, we hope you'll join your colleagues from across the state! 

The NYS CDFI Coalition is also accepting membership applications and renewals on our website for your convenience. Please consider lending your support to the NYS CDFI Coalition as a Certified CDFI, Emerging CDFI, or Non-Profit Associate Member (Advocate, Community Organization, University.)

Remember - we invite Coalition members to submit updates you would like to share with our statewide audience. These include job postings, Events,  Success Stories or Guest Posts for consideration. Thank you for all you do! 

Colleen M. Ryan
Consulting Executive Director
NYS CDFI Coalition

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