Accion Serving Southern California

Who We Are

As a member of Accion’s nationwide network of lenders, Accion Serving Southern California is a nonprofit, mission-based microlender dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs with the accessible financing and resources it takes to create or grow healthy businesses.

Our Impact

  • 308

    Loans disbursed in 2018

  • $4.7M

    Loaned in 2018

  • 4,400

    Total businesses served since 1994

  • $39M

    Total dollars disbursed since 1994

Our Community Partners

Our Staff

Elizabeth Schott

CEO, Southern California

Javier Islas

Chief Financial Officer

Robert Lopez

Chief Credit & Operating Officer

Valery Belloso

Chief Strategy Officer

Gordon Boerner (Chair)

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, WEST U.S. REGION PRIVATE BANKING MANAGER, U.S. BANK PRIVATE WEALTH MGMT

Mark Emch (Vice Chair)

Previous Senior Vice President & CFO (Retired)

Sean Carpenter

Climate Economy Advisor, City of Fort Collins

Stacey Kartchner

Board Secretary; Attorney at Law

Stephen Friedman

EVP / Regional President

William D. Lynch

The William D. Lynch Foundation

William Becker

SVP, Corporate CRA Manager, Comerica Bank

Pamela Davis

Banking Consultant

Cecile Bereal

President & CEO, RMA Management Alliance, Inc.

Maria P. Kunac

Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer, Silvergate Bank

Joon Han

Specialist, Better San Diego

Gene Louie

Senior Vice President & Controller, California Bank & Trust

Alex Rodriguez

SVP, Business Relationship Manager, First Choice Bank

Victor Nava

VP/Branch Manager, Imperial Valley Market, Rabobank

Victor A. Vilaplana

Attorney at Law, Foley & Lardner LLP
Meet Our Staff
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Client Spotlight

My business has provided me with a powerful connection to other community members and this wouldn’t have been possible without the support from Accion.

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