Board Member since 2022
Anne Lufkin-Riaño is the Chief Growth & Impact officer at WeavingImpact, a non-profit dedicated to bridging the racial wealth divide in the U.S. The strategy combines the Miller Center for Entrepreneurship’s methodology for building global social enterprises and Innovation Work’s mission to support dis-invested neighborhoods in Baltimore. Currently, Anne’s primary focus is to initiate and support two pilots for the Place-Based-Social-Enterprise Models.
Anne is also the former strategic partnerships lead for Kiva U.S. where she scaled Kiva’s partnership model into a cost-effective program, supporting 60% of Kiva US’s loan portfolio, reaching primarily women and BIPOC small business owners. Anne is a champion of improving access to capital for early stage entrepreneurs and developing pilot programs that provide onramps to the first step on the capital ladder, especially for unbanked Latino entrepreneurs.
Prior to her work at Kiva, Anne led economic development projects with the Inter-American Development Bank and USAID to create public-private partnerships focused on improving financial services, access to clean water, and education in Colombia. She is also a member of the sustainability team on the Ecosystem Leadership Builders Project, funded by the Kauffman Foundation.
I am an avid believer that empowering people, especially Latina women to start their own business is the best strategy to support them in building intergenerational wealth for themselves, their families and their communities. I’m excited to join Prospera’s board and inspired to share my insights and experience in access to early capital, scale, and devising innovative funding mechanisms for coops.