Investing in America’s Workforce: How CDFIs Promote Job Quality and Reduce Income Inequality

WEDNESDAY 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM | Job Quality – Gold Room

Since the Great Recession of 2007–2009, income inequality has emerged as one of the leading economic development issues in the United States. Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) that support job creation can help bridge this income gap by working with businesses to create quality jobs that offer fair wages, good benefits, meaningful advancement, and wealth-building opportunities. CDFIs are private financial institutions with a mission to serve low-income, low-wealth, and other disadvantaged communities and populations. This session will explore the role that CDFIs can play in supporting quality job creation and opportunities for partnership.


  • Steve Shepelwich, Kansas City Federal Reserve (Moderator)
  • Sean Daniel Murphy, CEO, ICA Fund Good Jobs
  • Donna Fabiani, Executive Vice President, OFN
  • Michael Jeans, President & CEO, Growth Opportunity Partners, Inc.