Interim President and CEO and CFO
As interim president and CEO of Opportunity Finance Network, Beth Lipson brings 25 years of experience and deep knowledge of the CDFI industry. Since joining OFN in 1997, Lipson has served in a broad range of roles, most recently as Chief Financial Officer, leading the organization’s capital, finances and budgets, compliance, grants, and risk management. She retains her CFO title while serving as interim CEO.
Lipson has spearheaded several key initiatives during her time at OFN. In 2012, she developed a new executive role to lead the development and execute strategic cross-functional industry initiatives, including the NEXT Awards and Create Jobs for US. Lipson spent nine years on the financial services team and currently serves on OFN’s investment committee. Each of these experiences has given her the opportunity to learn more and go deeper. Lipson enjoys the intermediary role that OFN plays and thrives on the opportunity to bring all the pieces together across OFN’s work to deliver money, strength, and voice to the CDFI industry.
Previously, Lipson worked in business valuation at Coopers and Lybrand (now PwC) and spent two years at the Federal Reserve Board researching trends in savings and loans. Her passion for community and mission-driven business brought her to the CDFI world.
Like the industry she works in, Lipson has a strong connection to place. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Lipson received her education there as well. She has an MBA from the Wharton School with concentrations in policy and finance and a BA from University of Pennsylvania.