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Emma Chávez Joins LIIF as Western Region Market Director

LIIF is pleased to name Emma Chávez as the new market director of the Western region. Based in the Los Angeles office, Chávez is responsible for lending activities in California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado. Her work includes developing, managing and supporting local funder relationships and leading LIIF’s efforts in California-based affordable housing policy initiatives.

Chávez has 20 years of experience in affordable housing finance and development and a strong commitment to social justice via community revitalization. Prior to this new role, Chávez served as vice president of community development lending at Boston Private Bank where she was responsible for growing and managing the bank’s California community development lending portfolio. Early in her career she was a loan officer for LIIF and has also served as a lender at the California Community Reinvestment Corporation and the Chicago Community Loan Fund.

“I’m thrilled to return to LIIF in a leadership role to advance community development projects that center communities of color in our investments,” said Chávez. “There is an enormous need for more affordable homes connected to jobs, child care centers, transit hubs, health centers and other assets to improve financial, social and physical well-being of our communities. I look forward to digging into this work with old and new partners.”

For more information on LIIF’s Western region lending work, contact Emma Chávez at