Joni Cropper, Brian Graham, and Yun-Fang Juan have been elected to serve on Opportunity Fund’s Board of Directors. “We are thrilled to welcome these talented industry leaders and philanthropists to our Board,” said Board Chair Susan Greene. “They all possess deep experience in business and philanthropy – important assets for Opportunity Fund as we grow this high-impact non-profit.”
Joni Cropper is a UCLA graduate in economics with a career as a VP commercial lender working for Union Bank, Bank of California and most recently, City National Bank. In 2005, she founded Juarez Children’s Education Program sponsoring education for kids from middle school through college, building homes and libraries as well as providing English immersion and mentorship, breaking the cycle of poverty for JCEP graduates. In 2012 she stepped out of banking full time to pursue more of her passions with various local non-profits including Habitat for Humanity, Ronald MacDonald House, and In Vision.
Joni is excited to use her banking experience to provide a hand up to local members of our community to continue to break the cycle of poverty while investing in people’s dreams as a new board member with Opportunity Fund. She is also currently in the leadership circle at WANDA, a local organization helping single mothers obtain economic self-sufficiency.
“I believe in investing in people right here in our back yard to give everyone a chance at achieving their dreams and becoming financially independent.”
Brian is CEO and a Board member of Alliance Partners. From 2008 to 2011, Brian was a partner in Blue Ridge Capital Management, LLC, a global asset manager with $7 billion in equity capital under management. From 2005 to 2008, Brian served at CapitalSource, where he led the transformation of the company into a bank. Previously, Brian held various leadership positions at Fannie Mae and was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated. Brian has also served in government, both as the senior financial services aide to then Congressman Charles E. Schumer during the thrift crisis and as a staff member on the “Brady Commission” which investigated the causes of the 1987 stock market crash. Brian received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his MBA from Stanford University.
“I’ve known and respected Opportunity Fund’s work in the industry for years. The organization is led by a talented team, and I’m glad to contribute to the growth of the small business credit market by joining Opportunity Fund’s Board of Directors.”
Yun-Fang Juan is a software engineer and entrepreneur with deep interests in social impact and empowerment. She was formerly the Founder/CEO of Fundastic, a company devoted to bringing transparency to small business lending. Fundastic was acquired by Nav, a business credit monitoring company where she continues to serve as an advisor. Previously, she was an early employee of Facebook (Female Software Engineer #2) and co-creator of Facebook Ads. She was born in Taiwan to a small business owner and moved to Silicon Valley in 2001 to fulfill her American dream. She believes empowering individuals to realize their full potential in life is super super important and would like to devote her career to help people access enough opportunities to lead happy and productive lives.
“When we talk about supporting small business owners, one big challenge is to help them grow sustainably through affordable access to credit. There’s no shortage of super expensive loan products in the market place these days. However, these 100+% APR products do more harm than good for most small businesses. Opportunity fund is in a unique position to support small business owners with affordable business loans. Through efficient use of government grants and philanthropic capital, they help small businesses reach the next level to create more jobs and prosperity. I am a strong believer in this model and it’s my honor to be involved in Opportunity Fund’s journey to expand their business loan programs to more small business owners.”