Oswaldo joined City First Enterprises early in 2019, bringing his lending, project finance and entrepreneurial experience to lead the group’s efforts in advancing the region’s economic development agenda. Prior to CFE, Oswaldo was the head of the Small Business group at Washington’s Latino Economic Development Center. At LEDC, he drove the growth and the expansion of the group’s footprint across the region. During his tenure, Oswaldo also successfully led the adoption of fintech and algorithmic features to the group lending activities. In his own entrepreneurial ventures, he launched a food distribution company with market reach in Virginia, Maryland, DC, Pennsylvania and New York City. He sold his company in 2012. After his company’s acquisition, he joined Self-Help, as part of their commercial lending group in DC. Prior to joining the CDFI field, he worked as an economics consultant for Stone & Webster in London, UK, before being assigned to lead projects with The World Bank in Washington, DC. His professional training and experience as an immigrant from Mexico, suits him with a broad and technical understanding of the economic inequality challenges facing communities in our region.
Oswaldo serves on several boards and advisory groups across the region. He recently concluded his two-year term as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Community Investment Council (CIC). Currently, he is a member of the Impact Investment Committee of the Baltimore Community Foundation and sits on the Board of Directors for Baltimore’s Impact Hub. More recently, he joined Greater Baybrook Alliance’s board.
Oswaldo holds a BS in Economics from Monterrey Institute of Technology, an MA in Political Economy from the United Kingdom’s University of Essex and an MSc in Economic Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
City First Enterprises (CFE) es una institución trabajando en la intersección de la innovación financiera y la inversión de alto impacto social, en la búsqueda de una economía más equitativa. Somos emprendedores de riesgo invirtiendo en comunidades con altos índices de pobreza y rezago económico. El resultado de nuestro capital se refleja en barrios más seguros, mayores y mejores oportunidades de empleo, acceso más equitativo a educación de calidad y, en última instancia, comunidades vibrantes y saludables.