Anisha Murphy, Esq. Joins Community Reinvestment Fund, USA as Director of Community Advancement

New role seeks to expand community impact in the Twin Cities by taking a comprehensive approach to small business financing

Minneapolis – Dec. 16, 2019 – Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF) – a mission-driven non-profit lender dedicated to improving communities and transforming lives – has named Twin Cities attorney and professor Anisha Murphy, Esq. as its Director of Community Advancement.

Murphy will work with community stakeholders to create a more fair, responsive, and accessible community finance system in the Twin Cities. These efforts will create new strategies that build stronger local economies, create jobs, and support upward economic mobility in neighborhoods and transit corridors in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area.

“I am excited to join such a renowned organization,” said Murphy. “CRF’s commitment to addressing economic inequity through innovative financial solutions to empower people, building sustainable communities and inspiring systemic change is particularly appealing to me. I know that together we can enhance strategic partnerships with the community and its stakeholders to address financial barriers while creating clear pathways for small business development and community impact.”

A native of Minneapolis, Murphy has dedicated her career to the pursuit of equity, justice and community improvement. She began her career at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, followed by work for the Children’s Defense Fund, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Most recently, Murphy worked as a Director of Community Engagement at Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) and as an adjunct professor at Hamline University, where she earned her Master of Public Administration and Juris Doctor degrees.

CRF has a 30-year history of providing capital for communities and supporting opportunities for people. CRF works to address social and economic inequity through new financial solutions that help empower people, build sustainable communities and inspire systemic change.

“Anisha’s expertise and leadership experience is a valuable asset to CRF as we further our commitment to community engagement and impact,” said Keith Rachey, SVP and Chief Impact Officer at CRF. “We can improve our communities for the better through access to capital and a truly grassroots approach to addressing income inequality and entrepreneurship for women, veterans and people of color. Anisha will be a big part of this push for greater impact at the community level.”

About Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF)

Founded in 1988, Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF) is a national non-profit organization with a mission to empower people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities through innovative financial solutions. A leading Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), CRF supports other mission-driven organizations, increases economic mobility, and builds strong local economies through the development of solutions aimed at creating an equitable financial system. CRF has injected more than $2.4 billion to stimulate job creation and economic development and support community facilities. For more information, visit

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