Associate Director, Community Development Finance
Phone (212) 720-7969
Economic development, impact investing, financial inclusion, fintech, public policy.
Chelsea Cruz is the Associate Director for the Community Development Finance (CoDeFi) team which aims to increase the impact of community development finance projects in the New York Fed’s district and ensure that qualified Community Reinvestment Act activities are meeting the current needs of low-and moderate income communities. She leads the development of analytical products and educational materials, and conducts programming to connect community organizations, financial institutions, and other relevant stakeholders.
Before joining the CoDeFi team, Ms. Cruz was a program manager with the community engagement team at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where she developed and lead programs related to small business, workforce development, and economic development. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve in 2013, she held positions in both the private and non-profit sector most recently as an associate at the GFT Group, a consulting firm based in NYC. Chelsea is a Bronx native and holds a BA in Political Science with a concentration in international affairs from Hofstra University.