Rebecca Dunn, a former bank examiner and commercial loan officer, has served as Executive Director of the Cooperative Fund of New England since 1986. During her 27 year tenure the Fund has grown from $160,000 to $16 million, expanded from lending mostly to food co-ops to all types of co-ops, and has never lost an investor dollar.
Dunn’s skills in banking, communication, and borrower relations and development, her steady recruitment and training of outreach workers, her inclusive decision-making, her ability to innovate to address diverse and multiple needs, and her dedication to the co-op model have been instrumental in starting and growing many co-ops throughout New England.
An economist who is innovative by nature, Rebecca Dunn delights in finding ways to connect cooperatives with the resources they need. Most recently, she was responsible for CFNE’s being selected as one of 20 recipients nationally of the Small Business Administration’s pilot Intermediary Lending Program (ILP), a first use of SBA funds for the benefit of cooperatives.
She has served on numerous boards, including her local food cooperative, Tidal Creek in Wilmington, North Carolina.