Event Features Former U.S. Treasury Dept. CDFI Fund Director Donna Gambrell

On Friday, November 21, Forward Community Investments (FCI) will host a breakfast and community conversation focusing on the role financial resources can play in promoting equity in our communities.  The event will feature a panel discussion on the interconnectedness of economic and racial equity, community outcomes, and funding. 
What: Reaching a New Paradigm: A Community Conversation on Advancing Equity Through Community Funding
When: November 21, 2014, 8am-10am (discussion will begin at 8:30)
Where: Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave, Madison

Speakers will include: 
  • Donna Gambrell, former director of the US Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund. 
  • Erica Nelson, co-author of “Race to Equity: A Baseline Report on the State of Racial Disparities in Dane County
  • Lisa Peyton Caire, AVP, Diversity, Inclusion & Wellness, Summit Credit Union and president of the Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness

The panel will be facilitated by Wyman Winston, executive director of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA). Together, the panelists will talk about the connection between money and equity; how financial resources can be deployed to achieve equity outcomes; and the importance of approaching community development through an equity lens.
Highlighting the event will be Donna Gambrell, the longest-serving and first African American woman to be appointed director of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund).  During her six-year tenure from 2007 to 2013, she helped increase economic opportunity and promote community development investments for underserved populations and distressed communities across the country. Under Ms. Gambrell’s leadership, the CDFI Fund experienced significant growth, and launched a number of new initiatives targeted to underserved communities, including the Capital Magnet Fund, the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, and the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program. In her current role as visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, she advises Federal Reserve leadership, economists, community stakeholders, and policymakers on community development-related initiatives. Previously, Ms. Gambrell served in several leadership positions at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
“The conversation about disparities has already begun in earnest in Dane County, but we need to make sure that it’s taking place in every segment of the community,” Martyniak said. “It’s imperative that the dialog include investors and financial institutions.”
Ms. Gambrell will be available for interviews after the event. Please contact FCI Communications Director Bob Jacobson at 608-204-8833 if you would like to arrange an interview.
Note: Due to space constraints, attendance at this event is primarily by invitation. Please do not list in calendars of public events.
Forward Community Investments (FCI) is a statewide Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) based in Madison, Wisconsin. For 20 years, FCI has provided the tools organizations and investors need to connect their communities to a just, equitable, and sustainable future. Since 1994, FCI has provided loans totaling over $50 million for projects across the state. For more information about FCI, visit www.forwardci.org.