CEO, Working Solutions CDFI
Sara’s Candidate Statement
My name is Sara Razavi, and I am the CEO of Working Solutions CDFI, a certified nonprofit microlender. Headquartered in San Francisco, Working Solutions serves 19 counties in Northern California, a region of over 12 million people with a geographic scope of more than 20,000 square miles.
Working Solutions is a start-up and early-stage microlender and the First to Believe in small business. We were founded in 1999 on the idea that financially marginalized entrepreneurs need access to safe, affordable capital to start and grow sustainable businesses. Fast forward to 2022, and we are on track to deploy $50 million in loans and grants by 2024 with over 60% of our capital deployed to each of our target populations: low-income entrepreneurs, women, and entrepreneurs of color.