Marisa Calderon has dedicated her career to being a champion for increasing affordable homeownership and bridging the nation’s racial wealth gap in the Black and Latino communities. In September 2020, Calderon took on her new roles at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. As the first Latina executive to head the NCRC Community Development Fund, Calderon works to provide loan capital that expands access to affordable homeownership and helps Black-, Brown-, and woman-owned businesses thrive. In her dual role as chief of community fi nance and mobility for NCRC, Calderon focuses on advancing economic mobility for communities impacted by systemic inequality and historic disinvestment. In just her first months, Calderon has been instrumental in powering affordable homeownership through funding and work with partners like GROWTH (Generating Real Opportunities for Work Through Housing), which invests in building affordable single family housing to help address the decline in homeownership among low- and moderate-income families. She’s also made her impact felt through work such as providing small-business grants with Equivico, a woman-owned impact investment management fi rm launched by NCRC. This year alone, Calderon has spearheaded affordable housing work through multiple networks, including as leader of the Affordable Homeownership Coalition which is working to build 20 million homes by the year 2030.
Executive Director, CDFI and Chief of Community Finance & Mobility
National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Community Development Fund