Lucy Cortez is Vice President of Community Lending at Community First Fund, a premier economic development organization serving the low-income communities of central and eastern Pennsylvania. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization provides loan capital to businesses, real estate developers, and community support organizations throughout the region. Since 1992, Community First has made more than 5,600 loans, grants, and investments totaling over $355 million to businesses, affordable housing and community-based developers, and community-based programs and initiatives.
Joining Community First Fund in 2015, Lucy oversees the organization’s small business lending activity in Berks, Chester, and Montgomery counties. Her 35 years of banking experience and dedication to supporting small business owners helped build the organization’s presence in these regions and made her an invaluable member of both Community First Fund and the business community. She previously worked for Meridian Bank and the Pennsylvania Department of Banking as an Enforcement Officer in their compliance divisions, where she utilized her skills as a Certified Fraud Specialist (CFS), Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMLS), and Certified Mortgage Examination Manager (CMEM).
Lucy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Albright College and a Master of Science degree in Economic Crime Management from Utica College. She has served as Board Chairperson for the Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Berks and the Pennsylvania Home Lending Coalition. She presently serves on the Alvernia University Innovation Sub-Committee and is a Board Director with the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance.
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