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Thank You Salli!!!

December 3, 2019


Dear Friends,

Salli Martyniak has announced her departure from Forward Community Investments (FCI) at the end of this year. “It is time to celebrate our achievements as an organization and make way for the next generation of dynamic leadership,” said Martyniak. 
Martyniak became executive director in 2003 and brought the valuable blend of social consciousness and financial savvy to what was The Dane Fund. Under her leadership, the organization grew from a local loan fund to a statewide community development financial institution (CDFI) that focused on advancing equity among communities of color and social justice for all. Since its inception, FCI has disbursed more than $150 million to benefit low-income people, disadvantaged communities, and mission-motivated organizations throughout Wisconsin.
“I feel so fortunate to have built connections with hundreds of individuals and institutions over the years; we worked together to improve communities and make our state stronger,” said Martyniak. “The work is far from over, and I’m looking forward to contributing in new ways.”

Under Salli’s leadership in 2013, FCI unapologetically shifted its mission to working with organizations, programs, and initiatives that work to reduce racial inequities and socioeconomic disparities in Wisconsin communities.
The board of directors is leading a national search for the next leader of FCI who is expected to start their service in 2020.

“We would like to thank Salli for her strong leadership throughout the years and commend her courage in addressing issues of race in Wisconsin head-on. We wish her luck in her future endeavors,” states Ananda Mirilli chair of FCI’s board of directors.  

Please join us in thanking Salli!

For any further inquiries, please contact Ananda Mirilli at 

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