Built from unique perspectives and backgrounds.

The CRF team’s different perspectives, opinions, and diverse experiences collectively cultivate a culture of belonging and inclusion both in the workplace and in the communities where we work and live.

DEI is a journey – it’s not a destination. In all that we do and who we serve – both internally and externally, we use a DEI lens to break down barriers, challenge the status quo, all while creating a culture of belonging.
Kavita Wishart
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Employee Resource Groups

Cross functional teams for staff to share experiences, support each other, and impact change. Including:
  • Sustainability
  • Mental Health Advocacy
  • Working Parents
  • BIPOC Professionals

Diversity Equity Inclusion Committee

An employee driven committee that is focused on formal and informal efforts designed to support and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging across the organization.

Forward Economic Justice Network

A cross functional network designed to review CRF’s practices, policies, and procedures with a goal of eliminating unconscious bias in the organization’s work.

CRF's Timeline for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Our efforts to create a truly inclusive workplace are ongoing and have evolved over the years.


Creation of the CRF DEI Committee


Staff participate in DEI education and training conducted by a third-party consultant


Launch of DEI open calls, providing space for staff to share perspectives on current events and other topics


Creation and launch of the new Economic and Social Justice Department in August 2021


Revamped approach to Forward Economic Justice Reviews


Staff continues training through third-party consultant

Continuing Our Journey


Onboarding and ongoing DEI education for staff


Opportunity to connect with others


A safe space for staff to discuss current events, share perspective and come together


As part of our commitment to DEI, CRF offers onboarding and continuing training programs that are focused on promoting and advancing our DEI values. These programs include best-practice and knowledge sharing, updates from the DEI team, and reinforcement of DEI as a priority that touches every aspect of CRF’s business. In addition, CRF has dedicated professional staff and external consultants that allows us to go deeper on certain aspects of DEI with their professional expertise.

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About Us

CRF is an innovative, mission-driven financial institution with proven experience leveraging public, private, and philanthropic funds to create measurable impact for small businesses.

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Our Impact

By transforming the community development finance system, CRF and its partners are enhancing job growth and supporting economic mobility. Our collective impact can be found across the country.

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CRF believes in a healthy work/life balance for its employees. That’s why we offer competitive salaries and generous benefits so you can love what you do while prioritizing family, friends, and personal passions.

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