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

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Gordon Boerner (Chair)


Mark Emch (Vice Chair)

Previous Senior Vice President & CFO (Retired)

Sean Carpenter

Climate Economy Advisor, City of Fort Collins

Chikako Tyler

EVP/CFO, California Bank & Trust

Stacey Kartchner (Secretary)

Attorney at Law

Stephen Friedman

EVP/Regional President, Pacific Premier Bank

William D. Lynch

The William D. Lynch Foundation

Maria P. Kunac

Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer, Silvergate Bank

Reginald White

National Commercial Card and Vendor Payments Solutions | Vice President Comerica Bank

Joon Han

Specialist, Better San Diego

Lydia Huard

San Diego Market Manager Wells Fargo, Home Mortgage

Gene Louie

Previous Senior VP & Controller (Retired)

Alex Rodriguez

SVP, Business Relationship Manager, First Choice Bank

Victor Nava

Director of Development SDSU, Imperial Valley

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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