Company: CDFI Friendly Tulsa

Location: Tulsa, OK

Job Function: Financial Services


CDFI Friendly Tulsa is an independent startup nonprofit corporation formed to substantially increase financing by community development financial institutions (CDFIs) and others in and around Tulsa, OK. CDFI Friendly Tulsa is a matchmaker between local financing needs and CDFIs from Tulsa, across the region, and around the nation.

CDFI Friendly Tulsa was created to increase customized, affordable financing by CDFIs to people and communities of color for housing, commercial real estate, nonprofits, small businesses, and consumer needs. It will promote financing City-wide with an initial focus on North Tulsa. Our business plan estimates that CDFI Friendly Tulsa could result in more than $100 million in new CDFI financing in Tulsa by year-end 2028.


The Director will lead CDFI Friendly Tulsa’s work to match local demand for CDFI financing to local, regional, and national CDFIs, and other sources of capital. The work will focus on North Tulsa, including but not limited to the Greenwood district and Black Wall Street.

This position is the first hire in a startup corporation. Initially, this person will report to Adina Abramowitz, Managing Partner of CDFI Friendly America. As the organization hires an Executive Director, the Director will transition to reporting to that leader.





•Strong financial and business acumen, ability to leverage financial tools in under-resourced communities; prior experience or background in business, economic or community development, banking, and/or finance is beneficial; prior entrepreneurial experience and/or startup operation experience is important

•Demonstrated track record of building, cultivating, and sustaining relationships with key players, including leaders in banking, government, technical assistance providers and affordable housing

•They should be skilled organizers able to bring together people across multiple areas of expertise and diverse cultures; committed to targeted outreach to and funding for historically previously excluded populations in North Tulsa

•Strong communication, presentation, public speaking, interpersonal, relationship management, persuasiveness, negotiation, diplomacy, influencing, and listening skills; strong dispute resolution and de-escalation capabilities; ability to navigate complex political dynamics

•Experience in nonprofit work, experience in community organizing and development, ability to attract funds and partnerships, engaging with foundations, corporations, and community members to support the organization



  • Comfortable working effectively in diverse environments, from underserved communities to privileged settings such as corporate boardrooms and
    government offices
  • Ability to work effectively with the Board and align them in a common direction, secure seed capital by effectively conveying CDFI Friendly’s value and mission
  • Should have considerable patience, resilience, and persistence capabilities
  • Demonstrated success in working within a comparable, start-up organization
  • Strong candidates will demonstrate continuous growth in responsibility in their prior work and regular pursuit of promising new opportunities

Compensation and Benefits


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