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Community First Fund to Participate in House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing

September 1st, 2023

LANCASTER, PA – Representatives from Community First Fund will be joining other community leaders to discuss Community Development and Financial Institutions at a PA House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing on Friday, September 8.

Rep. Ismail Smith-Wade-El from the 49th District in Lancaster is hosting the hearing on Community Development and Financial Institutions at Thaddeus Stevens College at 1pm.  The hearing will feature three panels, with the second featuring Community First Fund panelists: Jonathan Encarnacion, Community First Fund Board Member and Alba Fernandez, Senior Vice President, Director of Lending.

Jonathan and Alba will be joined in the hearing by Jose Lopez, CEO of the Spanish American Civic Association (SACA), Marlyn Barbosa, Chief Workforce Development Officer, SACA, and Jamie Arroyo, Executive Director of Assets.

The hearing is open to the public.  Testimony from the hearing will be posted to pahouse.com/policycommittee/hearingmaterials.

About Community First Fund

Community First Fund is a private, independent non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) whose mission is to provide capital in places where it is not usually available. We seek to create positive change in the community by providing entrepreneurs, commercial real estate and affordable housing developers as well as nonprofits with access to loans for projects that generate jobs, create housing opportunities, essential community facilities, and that help to revitalize communities. www.communityfirstfund.org.