CDFI Coalition Institute

The CDFI Coalition, representing the nation’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), held its 25th Annual Institute on March 13 and 14 in Washington, D.C. This year’s event drew one of audiences, with some 170 people in attendance. Members of Congress, federal agency officials, and key staff spoke and participated in panels on policy and resource information related to the work of CDFIs over the course of the two day event.

CDFI Fund Director Jodie Harris addresses 2019 CDFI Coalition Institute attendees at the opening luncheon plenary.

A significant highlight of the 2019 CDFI Coalition Institute was the release of a new report, showcasing 67 CDFIs’ work in revitalizing rural and urban areas across the country and their success in creating economic opportunity, jobs, and services. This is the second report of its kind from the CDFI Coalition–the first was released in 2014, which marked the 20th anniversary of the first CDFI Coalition Institute and the enactment of legislation establishing the CDFI Fund.

The Institute included 12 panels, as well as keynotes by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business Committee; Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government (FSGG); and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE),  Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on FSGG. CDFI Fund Director Jodie Harris also provided a keynote the Institute, in her first industry keynote since becoming the Director in January 2019, as well as keynote remarks from Kevin Goldsmith of JP Morgan Chase.

The agenda is located below. And a full summary of the event is the Coalition’s blog.