Accion Opportunity Fund Names New Chief People Officer

Berde brings 25 years of human resources and financial services experience to Accion Opportunity Fund

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Accion Opportunity Fund Names Anjana Berde as New Chief People Officer

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Tash Amadi
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San Jose, Calif. (Aug. 10, 2021)  Accion Opportunity Fund has named Anjana Berde, former Managing Director, Head of Talent Development & Learning for the Americas at MUFG Bank, as the organization’s Chief People Officer.

Accion Opportunity Fund* is the nation’s leading nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) providing small businesses—especially those run by entrepreneurs of color, immigrants, and women—with access to responsible capital, networks, and coaching.

“Anjana’s combination of HR and financial services experience will be invaluable for the Chief People Officer role at Accion Opportunity Fund,” said Luz Urrutia, CEO of Accion Opportunity Fund. “We are thrilled to have Anjana join us as we continue to build a culture that attracts, retains, and develops the best mission and performance-driven talent. Under her leadership, I am confident that Accion Opportunity Fund will maintain the talent, strategic vision, and execution mindset that is so incredibly important for our organization to succeed as we continue to grow.”

Berde’s 25 years of HR experience spans a number of industries. Berde joins Accion Opportunity Fund with demonstrated experience developing mission and performance-driven human capital strategies. At Accion Opportunity Fund, she will be responsible for all aspects of the organization’s human resources strategy, including talent management, leadership development, compensation and benefits, culture, and diversity and inclusion.

I’m thrilled to join Accion Opportunity Fund, an organization that works tirelessly to support America’s small business owners, especially those that are overlooked and left behind,” Berde said. “Building a more inclusive and equitable financial system that serves everyone is both timely and urgent. As Accion Opportunity Fund moves to strengthen its impact across the country, I look forward to helping maintain a culture that will continue to push the strategic vision forward.”

Berde most recently served as Managing Director, Head of Talent Development & Learning for the Americas at MUFG Bank. Prior to that, she was MUFG Bank’s Managing Director, HR Business Partner Manager for Corporate Functions.

Prior to her time at MUFG Bank, Berde was Director of Human Resources at Tamalpais Bank, and also held HR roles at technology and construction firms. Berde holds a BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She has served on the Board of Directors of Blood Centers of the Pacific, APPLE FamilyWorks, and JVS – San Francisco.

About Accion Opportunity Fund

Accion Opportunity Fund works to create an inclusive, healthy financial system that supports the nation’s small business owners by connecting entrepreneurs to affordable capital, educational resources, coaching, and networks. Through innovative partnerships and outreach strategies, we reach entrepreneurs of color, low-income entrepreneurs, and women, who often lack access to the financial services they need to build and grow their businesses.

*Opportunity Fund Community Development the lending arm of Accion Opportunity Fund, California Finance Lender license #6050609.

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