DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — Opportunity Finance Network and the Citi Foundation announced Thursday the selection of 50 Community Development Financial Institution professionals to take part in the Citi Leadership Program for Opportunity Finance. Liza Fleming-Ives is one of the professionals selected for this program.
The 10-month course begins in January.
Liza Fleming-Ives, Associate Director at the Genesis Community Loan Fund was chosen from more than 120 applicants nationwide. The selections reflect the diversity of CDFIs and the low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged communities they serve. The Genesis Community Loan Fund provides innovative financing and expert assistance to create affordable housing and vital community facilities throughout Maine. It serves underserved people and communities across the state.
“I am pleased Liza has received this opportunity to participate in this nationwide leadership program. As the Genesis Fund continues to grow, this type of professional development will enable us to continue and improve our innovative lending and technical assistance in underserved Maine communities.”
William Floyd, Executive Director, Genesis Community Loan Fund
The program will include three separate career level cohorts, with 11 Executive Leaders, 19 Mid-career Leaders, and 20 Emerging Leaders. Liza Fleming-Ives was selected to participate in the Mid-Career.
“Developed by CDFIs for CDFIs, the program supports professionals who strive to lead transformational—structural and systemic—change,” said Mark Pinsky, CEO of OFN. “OFN is excited to be able to offer this unique CDFI leadership program with the generous support of the Citi Foundation, which has supported the CDFI industry for more than 20 years.”
Participants come from 21 states and the District of Columbia. They represent a variety of CDFI types and specialties, including commercial real estate lending, microfinance, consumer finance, and affordable-housing finance.
A complete list of participants is available at: http://ofn.org/leadership
For over 20 years, the Genesis Community Loan Fund has provided flexible and creative financing to Maine nonprofits creating affordable housing and vital community facilities in underserved Maine communities. The Genesis Fund also provides substantial technical assistance to nonprofits across the state helping them access additional funding and build capacity. Since 1992, the Genesis Fund has provided over $22.5 million in loans and over 14,000 hours of technical assistance. Learn more about the Genesis Fund here: www.genesisfund.org.