Lisa Afua Serwah Mensah is a US citizen who has led the Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) since March 2017
bringing expertise in both public and private sector financial tools to improve economic security.She previously served as President Obama’s Under Secretary of State for Agriculture for Rural Development and founded the Initiative on Financial Security at The Aspen Institute. She was educated at Harvard and Johns Hopkins, and now divides her time between OFN’s Philadelphia headquarters and D.C. office. She is an expert in using financial tools to improve the economic security of the working poor. She is experienced in the private financial sector and has worked extensively on small and micro business development, housing, and financial and savings policy. Ms. Mensah began her career in commercial banking at Citibank before joining the Ford Foundation where she was responsible for the country’s largest philanthropic grant and loan portfolio of investments in rural America. She has served as a director on Hope Enterprise Corporation, National Academy of Social Insurance, Doorway to Dreams Fund and Trust Africa. She is currently the President and CEO of Opportunity Finance Network.