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Moises Loza Discusses CDFI History [Interview]

HAC’s Executive Director Moises Loza joined Mark Pinsky, CEO of the Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) for a conversation about the history of the CDFI movement on July 15, 2014. Moises, former Chair of the OFN Board, recalls the origins of the OFN Network, noting that OFN has remained true to its mission throughout its evolution as an organization.

HAC’s Executive Director Moises Loza joined Mark Pinsky, CEO of the Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) for a conversation about the history of the CDFI movement on July 15, 2014. Moises, former Chair of the OFN Board, recalls the origins of the OFN Network, noting that OFN has remained true to its mission throughout its evolution as an organization.

“There’s a compassion in the work we do, there’s an understanding of communities that CDFIs serve, and all of that comes from the mission of the organizations. I think that’s been the thing that’s constant.”

Moises Loza, HAC Executive Director. Photo: Jay Mallin PhotographyMoises Loza, HAC Executive Director.
Photo: Jay Mallin Photography

Moises also discusses the multiple facets of community development, stressing the importance of securing racial equity, political power, and economic security. And Moises details the changes he saw growing up in a farmworker community in the border Colonias regiona nd the impact community development efforts had on his hometown.

Loza’s interview is one of 58 oral histories available on CDFIs Making History, a site containing more than 30 years of CDFI and Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) history. OFN crowdsourced history to capture the key moments, pivotal questions, and pioneering individuals, like Cherry, who helped make the CDFI industry what it is today.

Listen to the full interview here.