New York CDFIs: Collaborating for Impact

March 30-31, 2020
The Albany Marriott

  • Can offering employee ownership save family-owned businesses?
  • What are financial institutions across New York doing to promote cybersecurity?
  • How are CDFIs and community partners joining forces to uncover opportunities for housing preservation?

These are just a few of the subjects that the NYS Community Development Financial Institutions (NYSCDFI) Coalition will address at its annual conference on March 30 and 31, which will be held at the Albany Marriott on Wolf Road.

We hope you’ll join colleagues and allies from all over New York State to share your successes and challenges in delivering much-needed financial resources to underserved communities.

Connect with members and sponsors to explore timely topics like Using Consumer Credit to Improve Economic Outcomes, Communicating Your Community Impact, the role of Community Land Trusts, and much more.

The two-day event includes a networking reception for participants and sponsors.

We hope you’ll join us as we compare notes on our efforts to bring positive change to communities and businesses across New York State.

Keynote Speaker

Marla Blow

Focus on Sustainable Economic & Equitable Growth

Marla Blow is a Senior Vice President in the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth where she leads the development and implementation of the Center’s North America programs. She and her team are responsible for deploying technology, leveraging data and tools, and establishing partnerships to develop solutions that allow more people to participate in the formal economy. 

Previously, Ms. Blow was Founder and CEO of FS Card, a startup credit card company focused on offering traditional credit to underserved consumers (sold to strategic acquirer in December 2018). From 2011 to 2014, she was part of the Implementation Team to stand up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and before that Marla spent seven years in a variety of functions at Capital One in the credit card business. 

She holds an MBA from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Monday, March 30

11:00 a.m.
Linda MacFarlane, President NYS CDFI Coalition

11:05 a.m.
Keynote Speaker
Marla Blow
Focus on Sustainable Economic & Equitable Growth

12:00 noon
Speaker David Craft

Plenary Session I
Cybersecurity for CDFIs: Understanding Risk Leading to Governance


  • Small Business:
    Legacy Business to Worker Cooperative
  • Housing:
    Uncovering Opportunities for Housing Preservation – Together

5:00 p.m.
Mastercard – Center of Data Philanthropy

5:30 p.m.
Networking Reception
Opening Remarks by Empire State Development Corp.

Tuesday, March 31

7:45 a.m.

8:45 a.m.
Results of Federal Reserve Survey of CDFIs
Adrian Franco, NY Federal Reserve

9:15 a.m.
Plenary Session II
Effective Communication of CDFI Impact
Brenda Smith

10:30 a.m.

  • Housing – Community Land Trusts
  • Consumer – Using Consumer Credit to Improve Economic Outcomes

12:00 noon
NYSCDFI Public Policy Update

  • Small Business / Responsible Lending
  • Excelsior Banking Network
  • $400k CDFI Revolving Loan Fund
  • Community Reinvestment Act


Want to join our list of sponsors? Click here


Coming Soon


Coming Soon


Bridgehampton Bank
Capital One
Ponce Bank
TD Bank
Valley National Bank

Book Your Hotel

Book your group rate for NYS CDFI Coalition March 2020 Conference
Albany Marriott – 189 Wolf Road

Event Summary

Last Day to Book: Sunday, March 15, 2020
Block Pricing Start Date: Sunday, March 29, 2020
End Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Special Group Rate $143/night
If you call to book rooms, identify yourself as being associated with the conference.