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Opportunity Fund Continues Expansion into Southern California With New Regional Vice President, Ranie Lambe

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 by

 

 

In August we welcomed Ranie Lambe to Opportunity Fund’s team as our Southern California Regional Vice President. Ranie oversees fundraising and external relations in the region. 

 

“Ranie’s proven ability to form partnerships and organize a broad base of support from the community will help Opportunity Fund ramp up our ability to offer empowering microloans to thousands of underbanked entrepreneurs in Southern California. We are very pleased to have Ranie join our team of dedicated loan consultants throughout the region,” said Opportunity Fund CEO Eric Weaver.

 

Ranie brings years of experience working in low-income neighborhoods and developing new partnerships and resources for those communities. Prior to her new role at Opportunity Fund, Ranie served as National Director of Strategic Partnerships for Revolution Prep where she supported urban schools with educational technology programs and built national partnerships with school districts and non-profits. An ardent advocate for educational equity, Ranie sits on the board of two inner city charter school networks in Los Angeles—the ICEF Public Schools and Equitas Academies—where she sees firsthand the struggles of low-income families of color.

 

Ranie’s new role as Regional Vice President will capitalize on her talents and experience developing corporate and individual partnerships as well as her deep understanding of communities in need of resources and opportunities to get ahead. She will also develop a new Regional Board of Advisors for Opportunity Fund in Southern California. Ranie holds a bachelor’s in French from the University of Washington and master’s degree in Education from Seattle Pacific University.

 

In July we shared with you that our small business lending in the Los Angeles area continues at a rapid pace – in the past 12 months, we have said “yes” to about 45 entrepreneurs each month in the area, with an average loan size of $9,600. Our microlending program continues to expand in Southern California with the generous support of individuals and partners including the Annenberg Foundation, California Community Foundation, Weingart Foundation, Bank of America, Citi, US Bank, and Wells Fargo.

 

If you see Ranie at events around town, please welcome her! Or feel free to drop her a line: ranie@opportunityfund.org.

 

 

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