Daniel Betancourt has been President and CEO of Community First Fund since May of 1999. He has more than twenty-five years’ experience in small business and community economic development lending. Under Dan’s leadership, Community First Fund has grown into a very successful Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) attracting multi-million dollar investments. During the 2012 fiscal year alone, Community First brought total capital under management to more than $20 million allowing for more than 79 loans totaling approximately $6 million.
Dan is currently Chair of the Lancaster Spanish American Civic Association (SACA) in Lancaster, PA and is an ex-officio member of the SACA Development Corporation. He also serves on the board of Community Action Program in Lancaster County (CAP) and the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Dan previously provided leadership to the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) as its Chair, to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh as a member of the Advisory Board and to the Millersville University Foundation and the School District of Lancaster as a member of their boards.
In 2010 Dan was named as one of five Baldwin Fellows by the Lancaster County Community Foundation and used the fellowship to attend Harvard University’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program. Dan has also been awarded Small Business Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration, PA Latino Pride Award for Economic Development from the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, and one of the “Top Forty Under Forty Business Leaders” in Central Pennsylvania by the prestigious Central Penn Business Journal.
Joan M. Brodhead, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer joined Community First Fund in
2004. As Vice President and COO, Joan oversees fundraising & development, communications and the Women’s Business Center and impact evaluation of lending and loan operations. Joan is responsible for oversight of financial management and is a member of the Senior Loan Committee. As Director of The Women’s Business Center at Community First Fund, Joan focuses on addressing the needs of new and existing women entrepreneurs.
Joan has more than 30 years of experience in finance and community development lending. Her previous experience includes seventeen years in commercial banking where she was vice president for a regional bank, focusing on small business and community development lending, credit underwriting and loan administration. In addition she has more than seven years’ experience as a business owner, providing consulting services for the community development industry. Her background includes consumer and commercial lending, as well as management of community reinvestment activities for a multi-state market. As a member of the board of directors of Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), a national network of community development financial institutions (CDFIs), Joan serves as National Policy Chair. In 2011, Joan used her opportunity as a Baldwin Fellow, named by the Lancaster County Community Foundation, to study leadership skills for women in management. Joan is also a 2008 recipient of Eastern Pennsylvania SBA Women in Business Champion of the Year Award. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cedar Crest College, Pennsylvania.