President & Chief Executive Officer
Office: 717-393-2351 | Direct: 717-869-5416 | Email Daniel
Daniel Betancourt has been President and CEO of Community First Fund since 1999 and FINANTA since the two CDFI s merged in July 2020. He has over 25 years of experience in small business and community economic development lending. Dan is responsible for the overall success of Community First Fund and is focused on advancing our mission by building and maintaining vital relationships with corporate, government, and philanthropic partners in our targeted communities. Under Dan’s leadership, Community First Fund has grown into a regional Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), attracting multi-million dollar investments and with nearly $200 million under management.
Dan currently serves on the board of directors for the Expanding Black Business Credit Initiative, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Partners for the Common Good, Santander Community Advisory Board, AAA Central Penn and Elizabethtown College Board of Trustees. He also serves on the New Market Tax Credit Advisory Board for the Reinvestment Fund and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Economic and Community Advisory Council. He previously provided leadership to the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) as its Chair, to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh as a member of the Advisory Board and to the Millersville University Foundation and the School District of Lancaster as a member of their boards.
In 2010, Dan was named as one of five Baldwin Fellows by the Lancaster County Community Foundation and used the fellowship to attend Harvard University’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program. Dan has also been awarded Small Business Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration, PA Latino Pride Award for Economic Development from the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, and recognized as one of the “Forty Under 40 Business Leaders” in Central Pennsylvania by the Central Penn Business Journal. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Millersville University.