CFED Network

About the Network

CFED's national Assets & Opportunity Network is a movement-oriented group of advocates, practitioners, policymakers, and others nationwide working to expand the reach and deepen the impact of asset-based strategies. Network members are on the frontlines of state and local policy advocacy, coalition-building and service delivery.

The purpose of this Network is to serve as both a learning community and advocacy community – to both enhance member capacity to advocate and deliver asset services, and to foster growth of assets movement leading to opportunities at scale. The Network is a hub of action for local, state and federal policy advocacy as well as program implementation.

Network membership has two tiers – General Members and Lead State and Lead Local Organizations – and is guided by a permanent Network Steering Committee. Click here to download the Network Policy Manual explaining the roles of different actors in the Network.

General Members

The resources available to General Members through the Assets & Opportunity Network are designed to empower them with information, resources, and connections to increase their capacity to advocate for and implement asset-based strategies. General Members can find these resources in a self-directed way, as well as connect to peers locally and nationally who are working on similar strategies. General Members are also eligible for scholarships and to receive assistance through the Peer TA fund (as funding is available); and can access technical assistance from CFED on maximizing use of resources to deepen their impact.

Click here to become a General Member now.

Lead State and Local Organizations

Some Network functions – such as directly convening state and local stakeholders and customizing national communications to a local context – are more effectively accomplished by organizations closer to the work on the ground, rather than a national intermediary. Lead State and Local Organization carry out these functions, which complement those coordinated by CFED.

By working with Lead State Organizations in each state and Lead Local Organizations in local areas where assets-related advocacy and practice are strong, the Network leverages and respects the strong relationships that already exist in the assets field.

Click here to learn more about the process for becoming a Lead State or Local Organization.

Leadership of the Network

The Assets & Opportunity Network is guided by a Network Steering Committee. This Steering Committee provides advice on the structure, offerings and overall direction of the Network. It provides end users of Assets & Opportunity resources and state/local leaders in the assets field a channel for voicing their needs, experiences and concerns, as well as an opportunity to help shape the direction of a national movement‐oriented network.

The Steering Committee is comprised of individuals drawn from Lead State and Local Organizations. These individuals reflect the diversity of experience, expertise and focus of the assets field.

The Network Steering Committee members are:

  1. Christina Barsky (Strategies 360)
  2. Tawney Brunsch (Lakota Funds, South Dakota)
  3. Tamika S. Edwards (Southern Bancorp Community Partners, Arkansas)
  4. Lisa Forti (Alameda County Community Asset Network / Alameda County Social Services, California)
  5. Lucy Gorham (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill)
  6. Margaret Miley (The Midas Collaborative, Massachusetts)
  7. Lucy Mullany (Illinois Asset Building Group)
  8. Victor Ramirez (Center for Asset Building Opportunities/Citi Community Development, Los Angeles, California)
  9. Kate Richey (Oklahoma Policy Institute)
  10. David Rothstein (Policy Matters Ohio)
  11. Kaye Schmitz (Florida Prosperity Partnership)

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