2021 Virtual CDFI Day at the Capitol – Wednesday, April 7 Review
On Wednesday, April 7, 2021 we held our first ever Virtual CDFI Day at the Capitol! The time we spent together was a great opportunity to speak to the amazing impacts CDFI’s have in the communities we serve, honor a CDFI champion, stories and examples of how those impacts are felt, and meet a few new faces, and re-connect with others.
A few highlights included….
Multiple Legislators joining to speak on behalf of CDFI's and our work:
Rep. Katrina Shankland
Sec. of the Dept. of Financial Institutions, Kathy Blumenfeld
Ann DeGarmo on behalf of Sec. Peter Barca
Rep. Tod Ohmstad
Katie Domina from Governor Tony Evers’ Office
CDFI Day Public Service Award Honoring WEDC Secretary, Melissa (Missy) Hughes
CDFI 101 & Overview presentation by Maysee Y. Herr, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce
CDFI Panel Presentation of Projects and Impacts presented by:
Jon Gaines – Vice President, Business Service & Finance for WWBIC
Evan Reed – Regional Director of Southeast Wisconsin for Forward Community Investments
Laura West-Kralicik – Vice President of Lending for Community Assets for People