Community Reinvestment Fund, USA Names Three to Board of Trustees

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#CDFICommunity Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF) – an innovation- and mission-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to economic justice – is pleased to announce the election of three new members to its Board of Trustees. These new members bring experience, technical expertise and diversity to the CRF board, enabling the organization to conceive and implement innovative strategies for ensuring equitable access to capital.

Jacqueline D. Woods | Chief Marketing Officer | NielsenIQ

Mrs. Woods is a passionate leader, noted for growing businesses using innovative strategies to develop customer-centric programs focused on revenue optimization. With more than two decades of experience driving marketing efforts in data, technology and analytics industries, she positions companies for growth and unifies business functions. As CMO and member of NielsenIQ’s Executive Committee, she leads global positioning, branding, and the go-to-market strategy. Her diverse experience includes Fortune 100 companies (IBM, Oracle, GE, and Verizon) and her expertise has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine and The New York Times. Additionally, Black Enterprise and Savoy magazines have named her a Top 100 Executive in Corporate America for the past three years.

Stefanie Steward-Young | Senior Vice President, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer | Fifth Third Bank

Ms. Steward-Young is a community development professional with more than 20 years of financial industry experience. She is responsible for leading the bank’s corporate social responsibility strategy, community giving, volunteerism, programs and alignment to the bank’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. Steward-Young also serves as chair of the board of Economic & Community Opportunity Development Institute in Columbus, Ohio and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Franklin University.

Chrystel Cornelius | Chief Executive Officer | Oweesta Corporation

Ms. Cornelius is CEO of the only national Native CDFI intermediary, with a mission to provide opportunities for Native people to create wealth and strengthen economic independence for all Native communities. She has worked with Native communities for more than 23 years, specializing in the economic development field. She is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

“We welcome these three board members, each bringing exceptional skill and insight to our organization, as well as practical experience creating solutions inside and outside the financial services industry to help enrich diverse communities,” said Frank Altman, co-founder and CEO of CRF. “Our shared commitment to improving people’s lives through innovative financial solutions is well understood and will be well served by these new additions to the board.”

CRF’s Board of Trustees is responsible for guiding the 30-year-old nonprofit as it elevates opportunity for people living and working in communities with economic challenges. Together with its partners, and with the guidance of its board, CRF seeks to transform the community development finance system through community-directed technology and capital solutions, using the power of the capital markets to advance economic justice and fight inequality.

About Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF)

Founded in 1988, Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF) is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to empower people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities through innovative financial solutions. A leading Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), CRF supports other mission-driven organizations, increases economic mobility, and builds strong local economies through the development of solutions aimed at creating an equitable financial system. CRF has injected more than $3 billion to stimulate job creation and economic development and support community facilities. For more information, visit


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