Opportunity Finance Network Names Brendon Miller Executive Vice President, Chief of Staff, and Head of Communications 

Miller brings 20 years of domestic and global leadership experience in public, corporate, and nonprofit organizations committed to advancing opportunity and justice  

Washington, D.C. (March 6, 2024)Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) today announced the appointment of Brendon Miller as the organization’s Executive Vice President, Chief of Staff, and Head of Communications. In this new role, Miller will work across OFN to drive execution of strategic priorities and performance, strengthen the organization’s brand and engagement, and serve as a trusted advisor to integrate and align strategic direction across OFN’s leadership team.

“There’s no one better suited than Brendon to take on such a critical role at this exciting time, where the growth of our industry and the deepening complexity of community need has driven OFN to focus on building infrastructure to scale new solutions,” said OFN President and CEO Harold Pettigrew. “Brendon’s expertise as a multi-sector executive, his track record of impact, his demonstrated commitment to advancing opportunity and justice, and his long service as one of my most trusted advisors make him an ideal candidate to help OFN and the CDFI industry meet the moment ahead.”

Brendon Miller headshot

“CDFIs make opportunity real – we give people dreams they don’t have to close their eyes to see,” said Miller. “As a CDFI leader and a true believer in the imperative to make opportunity available for all, it is a privilege to join this stellar team and advance our shared mission of opportunity and justice at a moment that will shape the trajectory of communities across the country.”

Miller has raised more than $400 million throughout his career, led award-winning teams in areas including fundraising and communications, and served as a strategic advisor for social impact, public and private leaders across the country, working domestically and in international markets. Prior to joining OFN, Miller served as Interim CEO at the Washington Area Community Investment Fund (Wacif), leading the organization through significant scaling of the organization’s assets and capital deployment, nearly doubling new loan volume in 2023 alone.

As the executive responsible for Wacif’s fundraising and communications functions, Miller led the organization through ambitious growth, increasing revenues five-fold to multi-million dollar growth during his six-year tenure, with work featured in the New York Times, Politico, and other major media outlets, and winning numerous local and national honors for impact and culture.

Prior to his work at Wacif, Miller served in leadership positions in the corporate, nonprofit, and public sectors, including most recently as Head of Global Marketing for Crown Agents. Prior to rejoining the private sector, he served as a senior government official in the District of Columbia, helping drive public-private partnerships and aggressive investments in new programming, including the largest investment in small business development and services in the history of the city’s small business department.

Miller earned an MA from Johns Hopkins University and BA from the University of British Columbia. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Public Relations Society of America’s National Capital Chapter, as an instructor with the New Strategies program at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, and as a local community investment advisor to private sector organizations and associations.

About Opportunity Finance Network

Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) is the leading national network of mission-driven community lenders, including certified community development financial institutions (CDFIs). Its membership of more than 400 mission lenders specializes in providing affordable, responsible financial products and services in low-income rural, urban, and Native communities nationwide. As a trusted intermediary between CDFIs and the public and private sectors, OFN works with its partners – banks, philanthropies, corporations, government agencies, and others – to create economic opportunity for all by strengthening and investing in CDFIs.  

Since its founding in 1986 and through 2022, the network has originated $111 billion in financing in rural, urban, and Native communities, helping to create or maintain more than 3 million jobs, start or expand more than 850,000 businesses and microenterprises, and support the development or rehabilitation of nearly 2.4 million housing units and more than 14,000 community facility projects. 

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