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Fireside Chat on Democratizing Finance with Maurice Jones and Clifford Rosenthal


Democratizing Finance traces the roots of community development finance over two centuries and draws from hundreds of interviews with CDFI leaders, presidential archives, and congressional testimony. And as one of the prominent leaders in the CDFI movement for two decades, Cliff is in a unique position to write and speak of the important work that brought us where we are today.

As president of the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions (now, Inclusiv) and later as the first director of the Office of Financial Empowerment of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Cliff has devoted his career to bringing financial services to low-income and minority communities.

In this fireside chat Maurice Jones and Imani Darden chat with Cliff Rosenthal about Democratizing Finance, which David Erickson of the San Fran Fed calls "a master work on the history of community development finance. Too few people know of the amazing accomplishments of the affordable housing, community development and community development finance fields."

Copies of the book can be ordered on Cliff's website.


  • Maurice Jones, LISC
  • Cliff Rosenthal, Author of Democratizing Finance 
  • Imani Darden, LISC (Moderator)