Adam Zimmerman

Adam Zimmerman has worked at Craft3 for 14 years, assuming the role of President and CEO in 2016.  Adam has been a member of Craft3’s executive management team since 2011, and previous to accepting the President role, served as Executive Vice President guiding organizational growth, consumer lending, external affairs and brand management. When Adam started with Craft3 in 2002, the organization managed $8 million with a staff of 10, and his early work in rural economic development focused on organic farms and food systems businesses. 

In 2006, with support from the Ford Foundation, Adam worked with nine other CDFIs to develop the Triple Bottom Line Collaborative and Scorecard. The elements of the Scorecard have been widely praised across the CDFI industry as a way to gauge the rich economic, social and environmental impacts resulting from individual CDFI investments in private business, affordable housing and non-profits.

In 2009 Adam launched Craft3’s energy efficiency lending program.  In conjunction with the Cities of Portland and Seattle, this program has financed over 3,000 home upgrades, and provided over $46 million in financing using on-bill repayment to service most loans.  In 2010 Craft3’s energy efficiency loan program was recognized with the Wells Fargo NEXT Award for Opportunity Finance.  The program has been touted as a model for energy efficiency finance, and has been promoted both domestically and internationally as a promising method for creating economic opportunity, promoting energy independence and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Adam has been a featured speaker for C-40 Cities, the National Governor’s Association, Net Impact, Opportunity Finance Network, Climate and Energy Funders Group, Oregon BEST, and the California Public Utilities Commission. In 2012 he was appointed by the Governor of Oregon to serve on the Oregon Growth Board.  In 2013 Adam was recognized by the Portland Business Journal as one of the region’s “40 under 40” business leaders.  He is also past President of Oregon Tilth, one of the largest organic product certifiers in the United States. Adam earned his Master of Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon in 2002. He is an Eastern Oregon native and currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

Craft3 is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) providing loans that strengthen businesses, families and the environment throughout Oregon and Washington. With capital support from financial, philanthropic and religious institutions and corporations, government agencies and accredited individual investors, Craft3 has invested more than $400 million in Northwest communities since 1994. Learn more at