Accion Serving Southern California

Who We Are

As a member of Accion’s nationwide network of lenders, Accion Serving Southern California is a nonprofit, mission-based microlender dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs with the accessible financing and resources it takes to create or grow healthy businesses.

Our Impact

  • 308

    Loans disbursed in 2018

  • $4.7M

    Loaned in 2017

  • 4,400

    Total businesses served since 1994

  • $39M

    Total dollars disbursed since 1994

Our Community Partners

Our Staff

Elizabeth Schott

CEO, Southern California

Javier Islas

Chief Financial Officer

Robert Lopez

Chief Credit & Operating Officer

Valery Belloso

Chief Strategy Officer

Gordon Boerner (Chair)


Mark Emch (Vice Chair)

Previous Senior Vice President & CFO (Retired)

Sean Carpenter

Climate Economy Advisor, City of Fort Collins

Stacey Kartchner

Board Secretary; Attorney at Law

William D. Lynch

The William D. Lynch Foundation

William Becker

SVP, Corporate CRA Manager, Comerica Bank

Pamela Davis

Banking Consultant

Cecile Bereal

President & CEO, RMA Management Alliance, Inc.

Maria P. Kunac

Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer, Silvergate Bank

Joon Han

Specialist, Better San Diego

Salvatore Crivello

Commercial Banker, Wells Fargo & Co.

Gene Louie

Senior Vice President & Controller, California Bank & Trust

Toby Reschan

Director of Commercial Banking, Pacific Premier Bank

Alex Rodriguez

SVP, Business Relationship Manager, First Choice Bank

Victor Nava

VP/Branch Manager, Imperial Valley Market, Rabobank

Victor A. Vilaplana

Attorney at Law, Foley & Lardner LLP
Meet Our Staff
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Client Spotlight

My business has provided me with a powerful connection to other community members and this wouldn’t have been possible without the support from Accion.

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