Community Loan Fund welcomes new board members

Local CDFI adds 7 new members from finance, small business, and DEI sectors.

The Community Loan Fund is pleased to welcome five new members to its Board of Directors:
● Bryce Cutler, Business Development, Capital Bank
● Damonni Farley, Common Thread Consulting, Inc., Schenectady City School District
Trent Griffin-Braaf, Tech Valley Shuttle & GB Logistics
● Patrick Gunty, Division of Budget, New York State
● Karen Maxwell, Kema’s Kreations

These new members represent a cross-section of industries and boast an impressive track record
of accomplishments in those industries. The Community Loan Fund Board governs the 35-year-old organization and oversees the operation of both the lending and training programs there. Board members serve 3-year terms,
which can include committee assignments.

The Community Loan Fund also oversees the work of the Albany Center for Economic Success
(ACES) a business incubator and training space.

Trent Griffen-Braaf

“I wanted to be a part of the Community Loan Fund Board of Directors because I value the
commitment they have to small businesses, and more specifically, women and minority-owned
small businesses in our area,” says Trent Griffin-Braaf, CEO and Founder of Tech Valley Shuttle
and GB Logistics. “I have utilized the Community Loan Fund in the past, and I can vouch for the level of service and care I have personally received.”


“We are so pleased to welcome these new members to our team,” says Linda MacFarlane,
Executive Director for the Community Loan Fund. “Each member brings with them an exceptional
amount of talent and experience. They have also demonstrated a passion for community
development and financial inclusion. Their help will strengthen our efforts to build a more
equitable economy.”