Guest Speaker: Sarah Brennan
Structured Finance Sector Leader
Sarah Brennan is structured finance sector leader at Self-Help Ventures Fund. Self-Help is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) whose mission is to create and protect ownership and economic opportunity for all. Self-Help's community development entity (CDE) has been awarded $433 million in new markets tax credit (NMTC) allocation since 2002, leveraging these credits to support catalytic investments in low-income communities across the United States. Along with Self-Help's other community investments, Self-Help has delivered more than $11 billion in total to support 198,000 borrowers in buying homes, starting and building businesses, and strengthening community facilities since 1980. Brennan is a longtime leader at Self-Help, having led efforts across multiple teams at the organization including operations, fundraising, product development, and commercial lending. In her role as structured finance sector leader, she focuses on utilizing NMTCs, the Bond Guarantee Program and other federal programs to catalyze investment in underserved communities, with a particular focus on health care and educational facilities. Brennan earned a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Carleton College. She is actively involved in a number of civic organizations, and serves on the Executive Committee of the California Coalition for Community Investment (CCCI).