CDFI Governance Series
This three-part series is designed to educate CDFI staff and leadership on the key principles of CDFI governance and guide them through the basic steps in creating a successful governance structure.
What is covered?
Basic principles and models of governance
Key practices of an effective board of directors
Strategies for recruiting strong board and committee members
Barbara Eckblad is the principal of The Eckblad Group for whom community development and finance has been a personal and professional passion beginning soon after she entered the workforce. Barbara founded a commercial and residential real estate brokerage firm. She transitioned her business to employee ownership in 2008 in order to devote full time and attention to microfinance, CDFIs, and the wellbeing of under-served and at-risk populations. Before founding The Eckblad Group, Barbara was Director of Lending for WWBIC (Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corp.). Under her leadership, WWBIC’s loan portfolio grew by 67% over 3 years, while experiencing a decrease in delinquency rates to below industry standards.
Leslie Hoffman is the principal and founder of LEH Consulting Group. Leslie has served in various leadership roles in the U.S. microfinance sector overseeing lending, portfolio quality and asset recovery, client service, communications, and strategic partnership development. Her consulting work focuses on capacity building and business strategy for nonprofits, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), community colleges, community-based networks, and small businesses. She is also a professional faculty member at the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management where she has taught courses in entrepreneurship and nonprofit management.