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.


This week from April 29 – May 5 is National Small Business Week, an opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of the 29 million small businesses across America. Celebrate with us by visiting our Shop Small Guide here!

Our Impact

  • 219

    Loans disbursed in 2017

  • $3.6M

    Loaned in 2017

  • 2,600

    Total businesses served since 1994

  • $34M

    Total dollars disbursed since 1994

Our Community Partners

Our Staff

Elizabeth Schott

CEO, Southern California

Javier Islas

Chief Financial Officer

Juan Carlos Hernandez

Chief Credit Officer

Valery Belloso

Chief Strategy Officer

Gordon Boerner (Chair)


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

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.

Joon Han

Specialist, Better San Diego

Salvatore Crivello

Commercial Banker, Wells Fargo & Co.

Gene Louie

Senior Vice President & Controller, California Bank & Trust

Toby Reschan

Director of Commercial Banking, Pacific Premier 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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