Desiree is interested in triple bottom line funding mechanisms at the household/small business level to simultaneously drive environmental and economic development. In her current position, she develops and implements triple-bottom-line lending products and programs to improve water quality, energy efficiency and create jobs in the residential and small business sectors. Additionally, Desiree convenes cross-disciplinary teams and works in close partnership with public and private sectors. Her previous work includes, independent consulting and grant making with Bay Area Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).
As a Mel King Fellow, Desiree hopes to explore the future potential and effectiveness of triple bottom line funding mechanisms, specifically related to issues of scalability and impact in low-income communities.
Craft3, formerly Enterprise Cascadia, is a non-profit community development financial institution with a mission to strengthen economic, ecological and family resilience in Pacific Northwest communities. They achieve this mission by providing loans and assistance to entrepreneurs, non-profits, individuals, and others, including those who don't normally have access to financing.