Meet the Board
An active part of the CFE team, Board members provide expertise and perspective as leaders in their fields.
Brian Argrett – Chair
President and CEO of City First Broadway
Brian has extensive expertise in financing companies in underserved communities with both debt and equity. Previous to joining City First Bank (now City First Broadway) in 2011, Brian founded and was the managing partner of both Fulcrum Capital Group and Fulcrum Capital Partners, LP, as well as President and CEO of Fulcrum Venture Capital Corporation. Prior to joining Fulcrum, Brian was an attorney with a real estate law firm. He has served on the boards of First Federal Financial Corporation, First Federal Bank of California, and Family Savings Bank, and also was a presidential appointee during the Obama administration to the Community Development Advisory Board.
Currently Brian is a director on the Board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta; he has served as Chair of, and continues to serve on the board of, the Community Development Bankers Association and is a member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values and the Steering Committee of the Expanding Black Business Credit Initiative. Brian is a member of the Federal City Council and the Economic Club of Washington, DC, a member of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development’s Economic Strategy Advisory Committee, the DC Attorney General’s Business Advisory Committee, the 11th Street Bridge Park Kitchen Cabinet, the National Association of Corporate Directors, and the Governing Board of Mosaic Theater Company of Washington, DC. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Virginia and Juris Doctor and a master’s in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley.
President, Capital Division, Enterprise Community Partners
With more than 30 years of community development and social impact experience, Lori manages one of the nation’s largest affordable housing finance platforms, more than $16 billion, with a full suite of equity, debt, and tax credit products. Previously, she served as president of Enterprise’s CDFI, the Enterprise Community Loan Fund. In that role, she oversaw billions of dollars in affordable housing investments. Lori is also an architect of Equitable Path Forward, Enterprise’s $3.5 billion initiative to address racial inequities in the real estate industry by investing in developers of color through a wide range of capital products, including grants, debt, and equity.
Prior to joining Enterprise, Lori was the director of lending for the Calvert Social Investment Foundation (now Calvert Impact Capital). She serves as a board member of Appalachian Community Capital and the Hopewell Fund, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Howard University.
Annie Donovan, Secretary
President & CEO, Raza Development Fund
Annie Donovan is Raza Development Fund’s President & CEO. Donovan brings a wealth of experience in the CDFI sector. For decades she has been driving impact investing strategies to spur economic opportunity and revitalize communities. She served in the White House Office of Social Innovation and as the Director of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, where she directed a multi-billion-dollar portfolio of programs aimed at improving access to capital for disinvested communities across the country. She has held top executive positions at Capital Impact Partners (now Momentus Capital), and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), where she worked to propel these organizations to greater levels of growth and impact.
Donovan’s passion for community development and sustainability began with her service in the U.S. Peace Corps. Today, Donovan is an accomplished leader in the industry and a published writer. She has published many articles on economic and community development, health, climate, and impact investing. Donovan has been a keynote speaker and guest lecturer to share her extensive knowledge. She has an undergraduate degree in Economics and an MBA in Finance.
CEO, National Housing Trust
Serving at the helm of National Housing Trust for four years and in the sector for many years longer, Priya is committed to preservation of home, opportunity, and dignity through affordable housing. She leads the organization’s engagement in public policy, lending, and energy sustainability. Previously, Priya led Housing Development at Volunteers of America, where she managed the strategic direction, acquisition, and development of rental housing. She also served in the Obama Administration at the Department of Housing and Urban Development as Senior Policy Advisor, Director of the front office of Multifamily Housing, and, ultimately, as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing Programs.
Prior to joining HUD, Priya spent more than 15 years in community development real estate banking in New York and Washington, DC. She has also worked as a consultant to women’s microcredit organizations in La Paz, Bolivia; as an investment banking analyst for Credit Suisse; and as a Capital Fellow for California State Treasurer Kathleen Brown. Priya earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of California and her master’s in public administration from Princeton University.
Chief Strategy and Operations Officer, Opportunity Finance Network
Amber Kuchar-Bell is the Chief Strategy and Operations Officer at Opportunity Finance Network. She is responsible for strategic initiatives, corporate budgeting, and facilitating partnerships with major financial institutions, philanthropy, and new corporate partners.
Prior to joining OFN, Amber was the CDFI Program and NACA Program Manager at the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). She was responsible for the design and implementation of a $1.25 billion CDFI Rapid Response Program to help CDFIs respond to the economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and managed over $200 million annually in grants and loans to over 300 organizations.
Amber was also an investment officer for the Calvert Impact Capital, where she managed a $68 million investment portfolio of CDFIs including Native CDFIs, CDEs, and social enterprise organizations. Before joining Calvert Foundation, Amber worked at Capital Impact Partners, also a CDFI, as a commercial loan underwriter where she underwrote loans for healthcare centers, affordable housing cooperatives, and charter schools. Early in her career, Amber was Sr. Consumer Lending Loan Officer at a CDFI Credit Union, Bay Federal Credit Union. She has a Master of Public Policy from Duke University located in Durham, North Carolina, and a Bachelor of Science in International Development from the University of California Los Angeles.
Executive in Residence, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
A Director since 2011, William serves on both the CFE and City First Broadway boards of directors. As Executive in Residence at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, he participates in the Center for Financial Policy. He also is active in numerous academic, business, and community service organizations. William has extensive experience in finance and investments, macroeconomics and monetary policy, risk management, housing, and public policy. He writes a monthly economic newsletter for Squire Patton Boggs. Previously, he served in senior government positions including at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
William is past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the College of Wooster and past Chair of the Board of HOPE LoanPort. He is a director of the Washington State Investment Board and of the Boeing Employees Credit Union, as well as a member of the Mortgage Markets Committee of the American Bankers Association. He also served as a Director of First Financial Northwest, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle, and the Washington Financial League. William earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster, and his master’s degree in monetary economics and master’s in business administration from the University of Wisconsin. He received his Ph.D. in finance from the University of Maryland.
David J. McGrady, Vice-Chair
Community Development Consultant
As a nationally recognized expert on the New Markets Tax Credit program, David advises banks, investors, foundations, municipalities, and community development financial institutions on a range of issues including corporate structure and governance, capitalization, market, and risk assessment, product development, portfolio management, and tax credit programs. Previous to his work as a consultant, David served as Director of Commercial Programs for the Center for Community Self-Help in Durham, North Carolina. Under his leadership, Self-Help originated more than 1,300 higher-risk business loans that totaled more than $80 million.
David has served on the Board of City First Bank since its founding in 1998. David earned his bachelor’s degree from King’s College and his Juris Doctor from Harvard University.
Clinical Visiting Lecturer in Law, Yale University
Chuck has deep experience in community development, including service as a founder, member, and current Chairman of the Board of City First Bank of DC; attorney and project developer for the Bedford Stuyvesant D and S Corporation, which was then the largest Office of Economic Opportunity-funded community development project in the country. His legal practice as Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, was focused on the representation of financial institutions in matters involving financial regulation and public policy. He also was Senior Deputy Comptroller for policy at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Counsel to the Chairman of the FDIC.
Chuck is a founder, Board Member, and former Chair of the Petra Foundation He serves on the Board of the Roosevelt Institute; the Arts Advisory Board of the Arts Arena; the Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative Task Force of the Bipartisan Policy Center; and as Chair of the Advisory Council of the International Psychotherapy Institute. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Vanderbilt University and Juris Doctor from Yale University.
Shannon Scott, Treasurer
Chief Financial Officer, New Venture Fund
As Chief Financial Officer at New Venture Fund, Shannon Scott provides strategic and administrative leadership to effectively serve as a thoughtful business partner to the leadership team regarding the short-term and long-term financial health and sustainability of the New Venture Fund. She translates the New Venture Fund’s strategic vision into a financial and operational structure that is fiscally responsible and supportive of the mission. Additionally, she works closely with the New Venture Fund’s Board of Directors, oversees external partnerships with banking and accounting providers, manages the New Venture Fund board’s finance committee, and represents the New Venture Fund in conversations with donors and project staff.
Prior to joining the New Venture Fund, Shannon spent over four years at the Greater Washington Community Foundation, where she also served as CFO and set financial policy and strategy. She also served as CFO at the National Housing Trust and the Council on Foundations, and spent over 12 years at Capital Impact Partners, a community development financial institution providing capital and technical assistance for community groups.
Shannon holds a BA in accounting from George Washington University and an MBA in finance from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Additionally, Shannon owns a photography business.
Real Estate Associate, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Estrella Lucero is a real estate associate in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
Estrella earned her law degree from Yale Law School, where she served on the executive board of Volume 131 of the Yale Law Journal and received the Yale Law Women+ Excellence Award for Outstanding Leadership. While at school, she was a member of the Ludwig Center for Community & Economic Development, where she worked with affordable housing developers and community development financial institutions.
Previously, Estrella worked as a Program Manager for Equality California in Los Angeles. She earned her law degree from Yale University and graduated from Occidental College, magna cum laude, in 2014 and the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs in 2015.
President and CEO, City First Enterprises
Oswaldo joined CFE in early 2019, bringing his lending, project finance, and entrepreneurial experience to lead CFE in advancing the region’s economic development. Prior to CFE, Oswaldo was the head of the Latino Economic Development Center’s small business division, where he drove expansion across the region and led the adoption of fintech and algorithmic features to lending activities. Previously, Oswaldo worked for The World Bank, the commercial lending group at Self-Help, and as an economics consultant for Stone & Webster in London. As an entrepreneur, he launched a regional food distribution company, which he sold in 2012. Oswaldo’s professional expertise and his experience as an immigrant from Mexico has equipped him with a broad and technical understanding of the economic inequality challenges facing communities in our region.
Oswaldo serves on several boards and advisory groups across the region, including the boards of Capital Impact Partners, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, and the Greater Baybrook Alliance, plus the Impact Investment Committee of the Baltimore Community Foundation and the Advisory Board of the Baltimore Impact Hub. He recently concluded his term as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Community Investment Council. Oswaldo earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Monterrey Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in political economy from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom, and a master’s degree in economic regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science.