Our Story

Mission

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.

Vision

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.

History

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.

Our Values

Conscious Investment

We deploy capital and knowledge that creates long-term systems change to power structures.

Learning

We use evaluation, reflection, and knowledge sharing to inform nimble and innovative approaches to solutions that achieve personal and organizational excellence.

Humility and Respect

We value the wealth of experience, insight, and culture rooted in the communities we work with.

Client Service Focused

We are responsive and consistent in our interactions. Everything starts with our clients’ needs. We adapt our process and offerings accordingly.

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.

Integrity

We are honest, accountable, and transparent with each other and our stakeholders. We value and practice sound ethical character and behavior.

Collaboration

We recognize and engage each other’s strengths to achieve a shared vision or goal.

Our People

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.

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Sabrina Adams : Senior Development Associate

Sabrina Adams

Senior Development Associate

Before joining Community Vision, Sabrina worked in operations and business development for a professional services firm working to enhance the impact of non-profits, Foundations, Federations, and philanthropists in the Jewish communal sector. Sabrina is passionate about working with local, grassroots social change organizations to grow healthier, more equitable communities. She holds a B.A. in English: Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and a M.A. in English Literature at the same institution.

sadams@communityvisionca.org
Sola Ajimatanrareje : Human Resources Coordinator

Sola Ajimatanrareje

Human Resources Coordinator

Sola joins Community Vision as Human Resource Coordinator. He supports all Human Resources functions and procedures including assisting and consulting departments with identifying their employment needs; recruiting and job placement; and ensuring all human resource functions are complying with local, state and federal regulations. Prior to joining Community Vision, Sola held positions in Human Resources at Kaiser Permanente, the U.S. Department of Energy, and in other social service and corporate settings. Sola was born and raised in the Bay Area to Nigerian immigrant parents. He brings his ability to work under pressure, his steadfast and resilient ethic, and his passion for working with people, and building strong relationships. Sola holds a B.S. in Psychology with a Minor in Criminal Justice from California State University - East Bay.

solaa@communityvisionca.org
Betty Banh : Staff Accountant

Betty Banh

Staff Accountant

Betty is responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable and other accounting functions. Before joining Community Vision in February 2015, I worked at First Place for Youth, a nonprofit organization which is to help foster kids build the skills they need to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood. Prior to First Place for youth, she worked as a bookkeeper/general accountant at Port Seafood, Inc.

bbanh@communityvisionca.org
Amanda Bornstein : Real Estate Consultant

Amanda Bornstein

Real Estate Consultant

Amanda has more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit and small business management, urban planning, and real estate. She has worked for local government, community-based arts nonprofits, environmental advocacy organizations, and others. Amanda holds a BA in American Studies and a BFA in Visual Art, both from Tufts University. She also holds a Masters in Urban Planning from UCLA, with a Design and Development concentration.

abornstein@communityvisionca.org
Paul Dong : Staff Accountant

Paul Dong

Staff Accountant

Paul joins Community Vision with more than 20 years of experience in accounting and financial management, including leading a finance department and working with nonprofits as a financial consultant. Born in Chicago, Paul attended high school in Los Angeles, and studied history at University of California, Los Angeles. He brings to the finance team an expertise in process improvement and automation through more efficient use of software. He enjoys working for Community Vision and contributing to the organization’s work toward economic equity and justice for all communities.

pdong@communityvisonca.org
Crystal E. : Executive Assistant

Crystal E.

Executive Assistant

Bio coming soon.

crystale@communityvisionca.org

Board of Directors

Patricia GoPaul, Chair

Jim Snyder, Treasurer  

David Elssaeser, Secretary  

Anita Addison, At-Large  

Carolyn Johnson

Pamela Merchant

Andy Madeira

John Chan

Luisa Medina

Bryan Ignozzi

Central Valley Advisory Council

John Chan

Arthur Dyson

Caroline Farrell

Sabrina Kelly

Luisa Medina

Daniel O’Connell

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