Allison Kelly is deeply committed to fighting economic inequality through innovation and out-of-the box partnerships at a community-based CDFI, ICA where she has served in the role of CEO since June 2019. Prior to ICA, Kelly was the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at CDC Small Business Finance, a leading U.S. lender focused on supporting entrepreneurs in under tapped communities. Kelly has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and for-profit worlds in the financial- and healthcare-service industries.
Before joining ICA, Kelly was head of strategy and innovation at CDC Small Business Finance where she led the effort to bring over $40 million in new impact investments to fund non-SBA small business loan products. Prior to CDC, she spent seven years in various leadership positions at Pacific Community Ventures, a nonprofit social enterprise focused on helping small businesses thrive through affordable capital and free business coaching. At Pacific Community Ventures, Ms. Kelly increased company participation in the business advising program fivefold – to 250. She has also started strategic partnerships with 30 community-based groups that help small businesses in the Bay Area and across the nation.