Koya partnered with Virginia Community Capital (VCC) on the appointment of Amir Kirkwood as President & Chief Executive Officer.
VCC, a community development financial institution (CDFI), was born out of a $15 million investment and a vision for an institution that served Virginia’s economically excluded communities. VCC’s mission is to create jobs, energize places, and promote an enhanced quality of life for Virginians.
Kirkwood’s background is rich in community development finance expertise. Kirkwood joined VCC from Opportunity Finance Network, a national association of CDFIs that helps money flow to communities underserved by traditional finance by providing capital, advocacy, and capacity building for its members. In his role as Chief Investment and Network officer at OFN, he was responsible for the strategy, development, implementation, and risk management of OFN’s financial services. He also managed network services for its membership, which included over 350 CDFIs nationwide.
Prior to joining OFN in 2019, Kirkwood served as First Vice President for Commercial Banking at Amalgamated Bank, where he worked as the lead originator for mission-focused lending to nonprofits, CDFIs, impact investment funds, and foundations. Also serving as Senior Advisor to the Amalgamated Foundation, he advised nonprofits, CDFIs, and investment funds on impact finance strategies.
Read the press release: Virginia Community Capital announces new CEO.