Our Mission


At La Fuerza CDC, our mission is to promote sustainable economic growth in Long Island by providing minority and women owned enterprises access to capital, business development services and other tools which will create jobs, community wealth and long-term prosperity.


Promover la sostenibilidad del desarrollo economico en Long Island a traves del acceso a capital que se ofrece a los negocios controlados por minorias y mujeres. Tambien se busca fortalecer el desarrollo empresarial y otros medios que ayuden a la creacion de empleos, crecimiento comunitario y prosperidad a largo plazo.

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La Fuerza Community Development Corporation is dedicated to promote community development by providing economic growth opportunities to low-income, minority and women owned enterprises. We focus on low-income minority neighborhoods where the barriers of language, culture, and conventional lending have hindered the growth of small businesses. Through our programs of business education, development services as well as access to capital and ongoing support, we can increase the creation of stable and vibrant communities.

Founded and Incorporated in 2001, La Fuerza CDC is certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)

Our Team

Giovana Bracchi, Executive Director
Christopher Lippolt, Marketing Director
Leah Nadelman, Director of Portfolio Management & Compliance
Cheryl Rhoda, Outreach Expert

Board of Directors

Tom Costello, Chairman of the Board, CFO-Universal Services Group, LTD
Michael Butkewicz, Vice-Chair, Museum Supervisor-County of Nassau
Patricia Kielawa, Treasurer, Vice President Relationship Manager-Hanover Bank
Margaret Lynch, Secretary, Manager-CRS ProHealth
Marty Schackner, Board Member, CPA
Kathy Farahan, Board Member, President-A4 Investments LLC