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Investing locally for a global impact: How CDFIs are addressing the climate crisis

About this event

CDFIs have a strong history of providing economic resources to financially under-served communities across America, helping to create jobs, fund small businesses, and support affordable housing development among other great projects.

With international attention and demand for action around the climate crisis, what role do CDFIs have in addressing this enormous challenge facing communities across America?

This webinar will explore how CDFIs can proactively address the climate crisis and collectively scale their impact to build sustainable and resilient communities nationwide. It will also explain how investors can support CDFIs working in this space. 

You'll first hear from Elizabeth Rogers from CEI, a leading CDFI at the vanguard of community investing and climate change, and from Jen Leybovich who is leading a CDFI working group on the climate crisis. They'll detail concrete examples of projects that are addressing climate change, along with sharing insights gained and plans for the future from the CDFI working group. 

You'll also hear from Yuliya Tarasava, the co-founder of CNote, an impact investing platform that works to connect investors with values-aligned opportunities to invest in CDFIs and target issues, like the climate crisis. Yuliya will detail the growing investor demand for climate-centered products and how increasing the pool of investor capital to support climate-centered initiatives by CDFIs can help address this urgent crisis. 

If you're looking to make investments that address the growing climate crisis or you're a CDFI looking to find ways to get more involved in these issues, this webinar will be of interest to you.

Hosted by

  • Guest speaker
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    Elizabeth Rogers Chief Communications Officer @ Coastal Enterprises, Inc.

    Liz Rogers oversees marketing, communications and investor relations for Maine-based Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a Community Development Financial Institution recognized for innovative rural business development, investment and policy advocacy.

  • Team member
    Yuliya Tarasava COO @ CNote

    Yuliya is an experienced financial professional with expertise in risk management and product development. She focuses on leveraging financial tools to increase economic opportunity for everyone.

  • Guest speaker
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    Jen Leybovich Executive Vice President - Strategy & Development @ Main Street Launch

    Jen joined Main Street Launch in 2013, and her role includes fundraising, partnerships, impact assessment, and organizational development and strategy. Jen received an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management, where she focused on economic development & social enterprise work.


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