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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kelly has more than 7 years of experience in community development and commercial real estate finance. As a Real Estate Consultant, she provides technical assistance and expertise related to real estate development and facility planning projects. She also coordinated the closing and funding of over $25 million in loans and $36 million in NMTCs to affordable housing, community facility, and economic development projects. Kelly received a BS in Biology from the University of San Francisco.
Director Of Consulting
Saul Ettlin has over 15 years of nonprofit management experience. Most recently, he was a senior member of Tides’ Administration and Real Estate team where he helped operate multi-tenant nonprofit centers. Saul also worked for the Nonprofit Centers Network promoting and supporting shared space and services. He has a strong interest in expanding the amount of nonprofit owned shared work space. Beyond space, Saul has significant grassroots political and organizing experience. He holds a MPA with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and a BS in Political Science and Community Development. Both are from Portland State University.
Board of Directors
Patricia GoPaul, 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