Erika was promoted to Senior Business Lender – Team Manager in January 2019. Erika was first hired as Senior Commercial Underwriter in the Port Angeles office and she accepted the Senior Business Lender position for the Olympic Region in August, 2016. Erika moved to the Olympic Peninsula in May 2014 and has become active in several community organizations including the Olympic Peninsula Conservation Resources, LLC (a subsidiary of North Olympic Land Trust), the Peninsula Housing Authority and the Jefferson LandWorks Collaborative. In her role as Team Manager, Erika will use her more than 14 years’ experience in the CDFI industry to support Craft3 lenders in other rural markets while bringing best practices learned in these other markets back to her lending and leadership role on the Peninsula.
Erika’s experience in community development lending have honed her skills in tackling the financing needs of non-bankable borrowers and problem solving for complex community challenges that require multi-party collaboration. Prior to joining the Craft3 team, Erika spearheaded a pilot enterprise loan fund for the NeighborWorks America network. Her other CDFI experience includes Senior Loan Officer for Mercy Loan Fund and Loan Programs Director at Mile High Community Loan Fund. For 10 years before joining the CDFI industry, Erika work experience included real estate development, urban renewal, and small business counseling.
Erika received her B.A. in English from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT and her MBA from University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business.
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