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Milken Opportunity Zone Takeaways

This last week of February I was lucky enough to be able to participate in two days of Milken Institute convenings in Oakland. Our conversations centered around affordable housing, opportunity zones, and how local and statewide policies in California can be structured to influence positive outcomes. Milken’s Financial Innovation Lab discussions are held under confidential […]

Optimistic about Opportunity Zones in San Diego

On the first Saturday of this month, Black History Month, I had the privilege of joining Indivisible WATU for their annual Women of Color Roar breakfast celebrating, encouraging, and empowering each other to step into leadership and public service. With a panel of powerhouse elected officials, and more seated in front of them, for many […]

Collaborative Approach Unlocks $12MM Project Transforming Youth Lives 

Mission Driven Finance, Civic San Diego, and Alliance Healthcare Foundation provide critical funding for nonprofit Access Youth Academy’s new athletic and academic facility in Southeast San Diego FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Lauren Grattan | 858-880-0252 | lauren@missiondrivenfinance.com (SAN DIEGO)—January 15, 2019—Mission Driven Finance recently announced a coordinated investment with Civic San Diego and Alliance […]

Notes from L.A. Opportunity Zones Forum

Note: For a primer on Opportunity Zones, see our earlier post that outlined the spirit of the legislation, California’s strategy to designate eligible census tracts, and what issues we all should be sensitive to moving forward. Last week I had the opportunity to be one of the speakers at the Los Angeles Opportunity Zones Forum: […]

Aligning with Islamic Financing Principles to Create Economic Opportunity

Mission Driven Finance is delighted to support Somali Family Service of San Diego, one of the cornerstones of our refugee community, with culturally-sensitive bridge financing designed in line with Islamic principles. As an impact investment firm empowering community through new models of investing in social change, we embraced the challenge of finding a solution that […]

Legacy Arts: Intentional Impact Investing

We were delighted to share with Legacy Arts Magazine how impact investing can support wealth managers, financial planners, and advisors to offer their clients new strategies to craft a legacy with meaning. Many charitably-minded individuals are turning to impact investing to generate real social and environmental change in their communities, while simultaneously supporting their financial […]