We promote economic justice and alleviate poverty by increasing the financial resilience and sustainability of community-based nonprofits and enterprises. Through flexible financial products and sound advice, we create opportunities to make socially responsible investments that revitalize Northern and Central California communities.
We envision financially strong and culturally vibrant communities where each person has access to decent jobs, homes, health care, education, and economic opportunities. We work in partnership with individuals and organizations who share our vision of sustainable communities and social and economic justice.
In 1987, our founders had a vision of putting their money to work as a tool for building financially strong and culturally vibrant communities capable of growing their sown seeds of self-determination. We have successfully carried out that vision since the 1980s, by connecting investors to communities, lending to nonprofits, small businesses, and cooperatives, and providing financial and real estate consulting to organizations that share our vision of sustainable communities and social, racial, and economic justice.
Since then we’ve invested more than $350 million to projects throughout California, impacting the lives of more than 1.5 million of our neighbors. Our lending and consulting services support organizations that provide affordable housing, equitable and sustainable access to healthy food, community arts, and critical social, medical and youth services.
Humility and Respect
Client Service Focused
Racial and Economic Equity
We recognize that a history of discriminatory financial practices and intentional disinvestment have contributed to a lack of economic progress in low-income communities and communities of color. Community Vision provides capital and technical assistance for communities that have been systemically disadvantaged to ensure fairness in opportunities, resources, and rights for everyone.
We are honest, accountable, and transparent with each other and our stakeholders. We value and practice sound ethical character and behavior.
We recognize and engage each other’s strengths to achieve a shared vision or goal.
We understand that no one knows your problem better than you do, and we believe that client input is integral to all solutions. Working together, we listen to your concerns and apply our experience and wisdom to tackle the financial challenges our clients face. You are our partner throughout the entire process.
Ann joins Community Vision with more than 30 years of experience in the commercial banking field. While in senior management roles, she has successfully lead high-impact teams working in commercial lending, branch banking, and private banking for high net worth clients. She has served as Board President or Chairperson for numerous boards including La Clinica de la Raza, Community Vision, Marin Community Clinic and the Mayors Commission on Homelessness. Ann is active in her community, focusing on animal rights and keeping the elderly in their homes as they age. She holds a BS in Business from Dominican University.
Loan Administration Associate
Jorge joins Community Vision as Loan Administration Associate. His professional experience spans more than 36 years and includes branch banking, as well as consumer and residential lending. Over the past 23 years he served including Sr. Loan Processor, Assistant Loan Officer, and Jr Underwriter. He was first introduced to the CDFI world in 2018 while doing a contract assignment and was intrigued by nonprofit community development and mission-driven commercial lending. Jorge brings a passion for financial literacy, economic equity, building credit, home ownership, and small business ownership to his role. He is excited to join the Community Vision family and assist in carrying out the mission to support building healthy, equitable, and inclusive communities. Jorge has served 12 years as Secretary Board Member of his Homeowners Association. Born in Mexico, Jorge migrated to Stockton and then the Bay Area, which has been his home for more than 40 years.
Director of Development & External Relations
Mark joins as our Director of Development & External Relations. He brings more than 20 years of nonprofit development, community engagement, and investor relations experience to his role. Before joining Community Vision he worked at RSF Social Finance where he helped grow their investor community from 300 accounts to 1,700 and portfolio from $10 million to $140 million. Mark brings experience in launching mission-driven philanthropic initiatives and a passion for building an equitable financial playing field where all people have access to the capital and opportunities they need to thrive. He has served on multiple boards including the Golden Bridges School. Raised in San Mateo and Sacramento, Mark holds a B.A. in English from Oberlin College, and an M.A. in English and Writing from Hollins University. He has lived in San Francisco and commuted via bicycle for 28 years.
Vice President, Chief Credit Officer
Ross has over 20 years of experience working in finance and economics. He started at Community Vision in 2006 as a loan officer. Prior to that he spent nine years at Moody’s Investors Service, where he analyzed subsovereign debt mainly in Latin America, and helped expand the firm’s presence there. Ross holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies from UC Santa Cruz and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University (SIPA). While at SIPA, he completed a State Department internship at the U.S. Embassy in Brazil.
Senior Vice President of Programs
Cat has more than 15 years of experience designing and executing community development programs with a focus on lending and grantmaking. She has worked at both national and regional CDFIs, and has a background in affordable housing and healthy food access. She currently serves on the board of directors of California FarmLink. Cat holds a BA in government from the University of Maryland Honors Program, from which she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and a Masters in City Planning from UC Berkeley. A native of Washington, DC, she is also a third generation Oakland resident, and proud of her bi-coastal heritage.
C. Lea Salem
Chief Financial Officer
Lea has been in her current position with Community Vision since 2006 and has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years. At Community Vision she and her staff of six are responsible for finance, accounting, investor portfolio management, information technology, human resources, facilities, compliance and reporting.
She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration from San Francisco State University. She received her BA in French from Williams College.
Board of Directors
Patricia Gopaul, Chair
Joy Hoffmann, Vice Chair
Jim Snyder, Treasurer
David Elssaeser, Secretary
Anita Addison, At-Large
Central Valley Advisory Council
Select Client List
509 Cultural Center/The Luggage Store
ACCESS Women’s Health Justice
AIDS Housing Alliance/SF
Alameda Point Collaborative
Alliance for California Traditional Arts
Amador – Tuolumne Community Action Agency (ATCAA)
Anka Behavioral Health
Ann Martin Center
As You Sow
Asian Americans for Community Involvement of Santa Clara
Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, fka Nihonmachi Legal Outreach
Axis Community Health
Baker Places, Inc.
Bayview Hunter’s Point Multipurpose Senior Services, Inc.
Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center
Bethel AME Church
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California
Booker T. Washington Community Services Center
Brava! for Women in the Arts
BRIDGE Housing Corporation
Build It Green
Causa Justa :: Just Cause
Center for New Music
Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
Central City Hospitality House
Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño (CBDIO)
Children’s Creativity Museum
Christian Church Homes (CCH)
City of San Jose – Environmental Services Department (ESD)
City of San Pablo
Coastal Health Alliance
Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST)
Community Music Center
CompassPoint Nonprofit Services
Crescent City Harbor District
Crowded Fire Theater
Davis Street Family Resource Center
Destiny Arts Center
Drug Abuse Alternatives Center (DAAC)
East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC)
East Oakland Youth Development Center
Eastside Arts Alliance
Ed Roberts Campus
Family House Inc.
Family Violence Law Center
Farmworker Institute of Education and Leadership Development
First 5 Fresno County
First Place for Youth
Fresno Council on Child Abuse Prevention
Friends of Potrero Hill Nursery
Girls Inc of Alameda County
Golden Empire Affordable Housing, Inc.
Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFFTA)
Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco
HealthRIGHT360 (fka Asian American Recovery Services)
Housing Consortium of the East Bay (HCEB)
Hub Bay Area
Innovative Development and Living Solutions of California (IDLS)
Instituto Familiar de la Raza
Intersection for the Arts
La Peña Cultural Center
Lao Family Community Development Inc.
Leveraging Investments in Creativity
Livingston Medical Group
MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
McKinleyville Family Resource Center
Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF)
Mercy Housing California
Mission Neighborhood Centers
Mutual Housing California
Napa Valley Community Housing (NVCH)
Neighborhood Housing Service of the East Bay
Neighborhood Housing Services -Silicon Valley
Neighborhood Thrift Store
North of Market Neighborhood Improvement Corporation
North of Market/Tenderloin Community Benefit Corporation
Northern California Indian Development Council
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Office of Cultural Affairs, City of San Jose
Open Door Community Health
Options Recovery Services
Other Avenues Natural Food Cooperative
Placerville Natural Foods Co-op
Powerhouse Science Center
Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP)
Resources for Community Development (RCD)
Rosie the Riveter Trust
Sacramento Native American Health Center Inc
Sacramento Self Help Housing, Inc. (SSHH)
San Francisco Arts Education Project
San Francisco Jazz (SFJAZZ)
Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA)
Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Alameda
St. Anthony Foundation
Tenants and Owners Development Corporation (TODCO)
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC)
The Cutting Ball Theater
Theatre Bay Area
Verge Center for the Arts
Wah Mei School
Walnut Avenue Women’s Center
West Contra Costa Youth Services Bureau
West Hills Community College
Women’s Audio Mission
Youth Art Exchange
Yu Ming Charter School
Zen Hospice Project
Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services