Amir Kirkwood has more than 20 years of banking and economic development finance experience. He currently serves Opportunity Finance Network as Chief Lending and Investment Officer. In his capacity at OFN, Amir is responsible for management of OFNs $900 million of investments in CDFIs. Amir helps the firm raise capital to support long term financing needs of the CDFI industry. He is a member of the Investment Committee and Credit Review Committee where he assists the firm in risk and portfolio management. Prior to OFN, Amir was First Vice President, Business Development where he was responsible for originations supporting Amalgamated Bank’s mission and impact banking goals. Internally, Amir worked across departments to develop Amalgamated Bank’s first Board approved credit policy for mission lending. Prior to Amalgamated Bank, Amir served as Partner at Next Street, playing various roles to support business development and client management, with a focus on financial services and financial intermediaries. Before Next Street, Amir was a Director in Citigroup’s Municipal Securities Division working as a relationship banker for Citi Community Capital. He managed origination with municipal agencies, CDFIs, intermediary lenders, Community Development Corporations, and nonprofits within target markets across the United States. Amir is actively engaged in several volunteer activities that support community and economic development. He sits on several boards, including the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, Hot Bread Kitchen, ROC USA, Pacific Community Ventures and the Community Fund Board for Habitat for Humanity New York. Amir holds a B.A. in Political Science from Aurora University.