We’re happy to announce that on Friday, October 17, Oz Whitesell, COO and Business Director of MKJ Creative, will be moderating a panel at the OFN Conference on connecting marketing to strategic objectives. (OFN = Opportunity Finance Network, in case you were wondering.) The panel will include Steve Varnum of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, Jessica Brooks of the Boston Community Capital, and Janet de Guehery of the Florida Community Loan Fund. (All three organizations are NEXT award winning CDFIs.) Read more about Oz, Steve, Jessica and Janet right here:
Osbourne Whitesell, Chief Operating Officer and Business Director, MKJ Creative
As Chief Operating Officer and Business Director of MKJ Creative, Oz has the job of making the business run so well that the Creative talent behind the company’s award-winning graphic design work can focus completely on remarkable solutions for clients. In doing that, he’s always researching and developing breakthrough approaches to managing workflow and administering the vital functions of the organization, including Human Resources, Finance, Legal, Information Systems, and Customer Support. Oz’s education includes a bachelor’s degree from Temple University, a master’s degree from Holy Family University, and a degree from the prestigious and highly selective T.W. University. (Ask him.) He’s been gainfully employed since he was 10.
Steve Varnum, Director of Communications and Marketing, New Hampshire Community Loan Fund
Since 2008, Steve has been responsible for the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund’s brand, including its Website, social media initiatives, annual report and appeals, and news media relations. In his prior work life, he was an award-winning journalist. He has since put his passion for storytelling to work in the service of many good causes: He has been a lobbyist and advocate for children, particularly on issues of child abuse and neglect; board chair of the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, a national leader in its field; director of the PrioritiesNH campaign on federal budget priorities; and an advocate for adoptees’ rights and equal marriage rights. He is a frequent presenter at OFN conferences.
Jessica Brooks, Senior Vice President of Development & Communications, Boston Community Capital
Jess joined Boston Community Capital in 2001. She works closely with external constituents, maintaining relationships with investors and donors, raising new funds to support BCC work, and organizing events that showcase BCC borrowers and portfolio companies and their work. She came to BCC from The New York Times where she was in charge of online community development and affiliate management. Her prior experience includes positions as a securities trader on Wall Street and at Safe Horizon, a nonprofit organization providing services to battered women and other crime victims. Jess is a former chair of the Boards of Directors for The Food Project, a local nonprofit that serves as a national model for engaging young people in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture; the Boston chapter of Social Venture Partners; and Cascap, a nonprofit organization providing affordable housing and support services for people with special needs. She serves on the Brown University President’s Committee on Relations with Tougaloo College and is a 2007 alumna of the Boston Center for Community and Justice’s LeadBoston program. She is a graduate of Brown University.
As Communications and Marketing Manager at Florida Community Loan Fund, Janet develops and implements branding and marketing strategies and programs. She is responsible for communications with investors, supporters, borrowers, and policy makers, ensuring consistent messaging across all channels and platforms, including materials for print and the Web. She works closely with all departments to actively promote the success and positive impact of FCLF borrowers in Florida communities. She has more than 25 years of experience, ranging from small family-owned businesses to multi-million dollar corporations, both for profit and non-profit. Janet is a graduate of the University of South Florida.