2023 CCEDA Policy Conference Experience

Policy & Funding Conference

Funding a More Equitable California: Community Development in Low-Income Communities of Color

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California State Treasurer, Fiona Ma with CCEDA’s Board Chair, Kerry Doi and Executive Director, Roberto E. Barragan.

CCEDA’s 2023 Policy and Funding Conference attracted a wide variety of community economic development organizations including Community Development Corporations, Community Development Financial Institutions, and Community Action Agencies, as well as elected officials and our own California State Treasurer Fiona Ma. The conference covered important current and emerging policy trends and funding opportunities for community development organizations. The conference was comprised of panels and information sessions, and is designed to encourage networking among participants. The conference was held in Sacramento, CA.

Our Vision

2023 CCEDA Policy Conference centers our focus on the impact of state efforts and community economic development organization on the daily, lived experience of the low-income communities and communities of color. The theme, Funding a More Equitable California: Community Development in Low-Income Communities of Color, encourages us to consciously consider how elected representatives, financial institutions, and community economic development organizations can work together and leverage networks to advance a more equitable economic vision in which low-income communities of color thrive.

Needs of California

In the wake of economic crisis and growing inequality, community economic development organizations like CDCs, CDFIs, and CAAs have served as effective tools to address the needs of low-income communities. Moreover, those who have taken up these tools have come to greater reflect the communities they serve, as more BIPOC have started CDCs and advanced to positions of leadership.

Proposed Impact

Supporting and growing this network of organizations can scale the effective work they are doing to bring equity to the state’s economy. Our capacity to make a meaningful difference, as CEDs, requires strong working relationships with elected officials and financial institutions.

The 2023 CCEDA Policy Conference provides the space to vitalize these relationships, harness funding opportunities, and cohere an equitable vision for California. 

Schedule of Conference

Monday June 5th, 5pm-7pm at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel in Sacramento, CA

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided.


Speaker of the California State Assembly Anthony Rendon


CEO Kerry Doi (PACE)

Rockette Ewell (California Region Manager of Community Affairs, US Bank)

Tuesday June 6th, 2023 from 8:30am-9:30am

Continental Breakfast and Coffee will be provided.


Time: 8:30am-9:30am

Budget Chair Assemblymember Phil Ting

Malcolm Yeung (CEO Chinatown CDC)

 Tuesday, June 6th, 2023 at 9:30am-10:30am

A panel of CDCs will discuss their work in addressing the needs of low-income communities and communities of color. The discussion will include examples of successful projects that range from affordable housing to small business assistance, CDC collaboration with various entities, and what needs are top priorities for CDCs in the coming year.


CEO Mark Wilson (CRCD)

CEO Luis Granados (MEDA)

Executive Director Carmen Herrera-Mansir (El Pajaro CDC)

Vice Pres. Billy Chun (PACE LA)


Robert Zdenek

June 6th, 2023 from 10:45am-11:45am

A panel of bankers and funders will discuss grant and capital funding opportunities for CED organizations doing work that improves the lives of low-income communtities and communities of color. They will also discuss work and collaboration with CED organizations.


Vice Pres. Ray Mendoza (CitNational Bank)

Claudia Lima (First Citizens Bank)

Senior VP Agnes Ubalde (PNC Bank)

Executive Director Lynn von Koch-Liebert (Strategic Growth Council)


CEO Paulina Gonzalez-Brito (CRC)

Tuesday June 6th, 12pm

Lunch will be provided.


Claudia Lima (Managing Director of Community Lending and Investments, First Citizens Bank)

June 6th, 2023 from 12:30pm-1:15pm

Treasurer will give explanations and descriptions of the present and future CED and Small Business support programs being run by the Treasurer’s office. Treasurer will provide an overview of the upcoming establishment of a state CDFI Fund.


Fiona Ma, CA State Treasurer

Introduction by Claudia Lima, (First Citizens Bank) 

June 6th, 2023 from 1:30pm-2:30pm

A panel of BIPOC-led CDFIs will discuss their role within the CDFI ecosystem and the need to focus more resources to smaller CDFIs led by people of color. The discussion will include the advantages of CDFIs who reflect the communities they serve and what challenges these smaller BIPOC CDFIs currently face. Panelists will expound on what can be done to uplift and support CDFIs who look like their communities.


CEO Jay Diallo (FCC)

Executive Director Rudy Espinoza (Inclusive Action)

CEO Deborah Lowe Muramoto (California Capital FDC)

COO Yery Olivares (Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation)


Chief Business Development Officer Pritika Ram (Community Action Partnership of Kern County)

June 6th, 2023 from 2:45pm-4:00pm

A panel of elected officials and agency representatives will inform of state funding opportunities for CED orgs, led by people of color, who are serving low-income communities and communities of color. They will discuss efforts to support community economic development, since the death of redevelopment in 2011, through funsing mechanisms available to CED orgs. They will inform of current and future legislative efforts to support CED, and discuss how CED orgs can work with them to advance CED goals.


Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (District 67)

Assemblymember David Alvarez (District 80)

Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris (District 73)

State Senator Melissa Hurtado (District 16)

Assembly Member Mia Bonta (District 18)


CEO Antonio Manning (Afforadable Living for the Aging)


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