Senior Director of Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives
With over 10 years of experience in the economic development sector, Shanna is responsible for cultivating new partnerships and managing other strategic initiatives at CFE. Previously, she was the Director of Sales & Partnerships with Accion Opportunity Fund, a nationwide CDFI small business lender. Shanna worked with partner organizations to provide technical assistance, coaching, and affordable financing to minority and women entrepreneurs who did not qualify for bank or SBA financing. Earlier in her career, Shanna co-founded a tech start-up and worked with several regional and large banks as a commercial loan portfolio manager. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at San Diego and a MBA from Penn State University.