Meet the 2015 ELM² Fellows
FIELD and the Capital One Foundation today announced the 2015 fellows of the ELM², Emerging Leaders in Microbusiness Squared Program. ELM² aims to exponentially increase the talent within the microenterprise development industry. Twelve emerging leaders who demonstrate potential for executive leadership and creating real change in the microbusiness field have been selected to participate. ELM² is made possible through a $190,000 contribution from the Capital One Foundation.
“Building the skills and nurturing the capacity of emerging leaders is vital to making the services of non-profits serving microbusinesses even stronger and more robust”, said Daniel Delehanty, senior director, Community Development Banking, Capital One. “The Capital One Foundation is proud to support ELM² and the Aspen Institute, and we are committed to investing in and empowering these leaders to help ensure their leadership skills flourish and their organizations thrive.”
The new class of fellows meets for the first time this week, at both the Aspen Institute’s headquarters in Washington DC, and the Capital One headquarters in McLean, VA as well. “We’re so excited to begin our work with this talented set of young leaders,” said Joyce Klein, director of the FIELD program at the Aspen Institute. “This program allows us to bring the Aspen Institute’s expertise in leadership development to organizations working to solve the pressing problem of growing economic inequality.”
The 12 Fellows participating in the program are:
- Aaron Aldrich, Business Education Director, Bridgeway Capital (Pittsburgh, PA)
- Jonathan Coleman, Director of Programs, ASSETS Lancaster (Lancaster, PA)
- Elisa Cooke, Director of Compliance, Economic and Community Development Institute (Columbus, OH)
- Esther Fraser, Director of Communications, Rising Tide Capital (Jersey City, NJ)
- Ursulette Huntley, Incubator Program Director, Unlimited Future, Inc. (Huntington, WV)
- Aida Ibragimova, Chief Lending Officer, Justine PETERSEN Housing and Reinvestment Corporation (St. Louis, MO)
- Danny Isaacs, Enterprise Development Project Specialist, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (Berea, KY)
- Kyle Johnson, Lending Team Manager, Accion Chicago (Chicago, IL)
- Brendan Landry, Director of Programs, Rocky Mountain Microfinance Institute (Denver, CO)
- Jonny Price, Senior Director, Kiva (San Francisco, CA)
- Teshite Wako, Chief Financial Officer, Neighborhood Development Center (St. Paul, MN)
- Lauren Williams, Program Manager, CFED (Washington, DC)
ELM² will bring the fellows together over a nine-month period for joint learning and analysis on important issues related to microbusiness development and leadership. Participants also have the opportunity to have a 360 degree evaluation completed with analysis provided by Capital One associates. Fellows will participate in events and meetings with thought leaders, funders, investors and CEOs, giving them invaluable insight and perspective on new business models and strategies.
Additional information about the ELM² program is available on FIELD’s Web site: http://www.fieldus.org/Projects/Elm2.html, or by following the program on Twitter via@AspenMicro, #leadmicrodev.
More information about Capital One’s community development work can be found at www.capitalone.com/investingforgood.
Read the press release.