Professional Development and Career Resources

CDFI Career Panel

Monday, April 12, 2021 12:00pm1:30pm
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Virtual Event

Please join us for a discussion about community development financial institutions (CDFIs) with Olivia Pipitone and Elizabeth Frantz (MCP’12).

Our conversation will include:

  • The CDFI industry (where it’s been, where it’s going, it’s current impact)
  • The range of positions available within a CDFI (salary expectations, opportunities for advancement)
  • Examples of current positions available at CDFIs: full-time roles, internships, and the skills expected

Olivia Pipitone is Associate Director, Business Development at Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF). She plays a central role on the East Coast Business Development team by generating a quality pipeline for NFF’s tailored investments portfolio, assessing project viability, and managing client and partner relationships. Prior to joining NFF, Olivia was an Assistant Vice President at Texas Capital Bank, where she supported the development of a new Asset Based Lending group. In this role, she was responsible for the structuring, underwriting, and portfolio management of middle market and large corporate financing for clients across diversified industries. Prior to this role, Olivia was a member of JP Morgan’s largest Asset Based Lending region with over 60 loan commitments and $4.3 billion in direct credit holdings. Olivia earned a B.A. in Economics and Spanish with honors from The University of Texas at Austin.

Elizabeth Frantz (MCP’12) is Senior Director and Philadelphia Market Leader at Reinvestment Fund, a community development financial institution (CDFI). She has eight years of experience in community development with a focus on the development of affordable housing. She works with housing developers, community development corporations, small business owners and other nonprofits to develop creative financing solutions for often complex, socially impactful real estate projects. She has led the origination of loans totaling over $75 million for housing and commercial real estate projects. Elizabeth completed her Master’s in City Planning at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 and concentrated in Community and Economic Development. 

Please email Kali Meeks for the registration link.

 

If you require any accessibility accommodation, such as live captioning, audio description, or a sign language interpreter, please email news@design.upenn.edu to let us know what you need. Please note, we require at least 48 hours’ notice. If you register within 48 hours of this event, we won’t be able to secure the appropriate accommodations.