Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF), a national, non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) with a mission to improve lives and strengthen communities through innovative financial solutions, has named Alexandra Tesser its Vice President of Program Design and Execution.
As Vice President of Program Design and Execution, Tesser will work collaboratively with community partners and stakeholders to co-create and implement program-based solutions that scale capital access for small businesses in communities historically excluded from the financial mainstream. She will be responsible for designing and implementing funding structures and programs to help enable CRF’s mission and vision.
“Alie is a mission-driven leader who has dedicated her career to social impact”, said Matthew Roth, President and CEO of CRF. “Her creativity and community-centered approach supported by her technical skillset in fund and program design will be invaluable to the communities CRF serves.”
Tesser brings more than a decade of experience in the finance and social impact sectors to CRF. In her previous role, she served as the Director, Head of Investor Relations at Next Street where she focused on filling financing gaps for small businesses. Previously she worked in impact investing with eleQtra and investment banking with Goldman Sachs.
“CRF’s innovative work is at the forefront of economic justice,” Tesser said. “I could not be more excited to help solve complex challenges through partnership and innovative financial solutions.”
Tesser holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Founded in 1988, Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF) is a national non-profit organization with a mission to improve lives and strengthen communities through innovative financial solutions. A leading Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), CRF supports 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 $3.5 billion to stimulate job creation and economic development and support community facilities. For more information, visit www.crfusa.com.