Nathanial Owen Archives

MEDA’s Fondo Adelante Announces Launch of Largest National Loan Fund for the Growth of Latino-Owned Small Businesses, in Partnership with NALCAB and Wells Fargo

Christopher Gil Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov. 14, 2019 MEDA Announces Launch of Largest National Loan Fund for the Growth of Latino-Owned Small Businesses, in Partnership with NALCAB and Wells Fargo $10 million Wells Fargo Foundation grant is designed to…

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Fondo Adelante Rapid Acquisition Fund Poised to Build Capacity of Small Sites Program Across San Francisco

Co-authored by: Director of Fondo Adelante Nathanial Owen  Chief Strategy Officer Lucy Arellano Baglieri (Part 2 of 2) Small Sites. It’s anything but small. Once a $3 million pilot program with MEDA, the San Francisco Small Sites Program is today a $40 million per year housing preservation strategy funded through a combination of City general…

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MEDA Harnessing the Power of San Francisco’s Small Sites Program, 25 Buildings and 400+ Residents Saved So Far

Co-authored by: Director of Fondo Adelante Nathanial Owen  Chief Strategy Officer Lucy Arellano Baglieri (Part 1 of 2) How does a longtime community-based organization in a span of five years go from solely providing direct services to becoming an innovative affordable-housing developer? Well, MEDA’s trajectory has been unique, but it is a model now ready…

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MEDA’s Four-Pronged Approach to Cultural Placekeeping in a Low-Income Community of Color

Co-authored by: Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng Senior Project Manager Feliciano Vera Many cities across the nation struggle with gentrification and its subsequent displacement of low-income communities of color, but nowhere is this more evident than in San Francisco’s Mission District. This vibrant neighborhood — long a welcoming hub for immigrants from Mexico,…

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Cultural Placekeeping, Part 3 of 3: What We are Learning about Community Ownership

Co-authored by: Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng (Follow Karoleen on LinkedIn) Director of Fondo Adelante Nathanial Owen (Follow Nathanial on LinkedIn) Many cities across the nation struggle with gentrification and its subsequent displacement of low-income communities of color, but nowhere is this more evident than in San Francisco’s Mission District. This vibrant neighborhood — long…

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Cultural Placekeeping, Part 2 of 3: The Strategies for Cultural Placekeeping in Low-Income Communities of Color

Co-authored by: Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng (Follow Karoleen on LinkedIn) Director of Fondo Adelante Nathanial Owen (Follow Nathanial on LinkedIn) Many cities across the nation struggle with gentrification and its subsequent displacement of low-income communities of color, but nowhere is this more evident than in San Francisco’s Mission District. This vibrant neighborhood — long…

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Cultural Placekeeping, Part 1 of 3: The Case for Cultural Placekeeping in Low-Income Communities of Color

Co-authored by: Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng (Follow Karoleen on LinkedIn) Director of Fondo Adelante Nathanial Owen (Follow Nathanial on LinkedIn) Many cities across the nation struggle with gentrification and its subsequent displacement of low-income communities of color, but nowhere is this more evident than in San Francisco’s Mission District. This vibrant neighborhood — long…

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Two MEDA Fondo Adelante Loan Recipients Are Semifinalists for 2019 James Beard Awards

If you’ve never heard of Palestinian musakhan (braised chicken with sumac and caramelized onions) or Cambodian amok (catfish steamed in a savory coconut-based curry and topped with an egg), then you should take note. Those are the signature dishes at Reem’s and Nyum Bai, respectively, which are a pair of MEDA clients based on the…

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Fondo Adelante Receives $300,000 CDFI Financial Assistance Award

Christopher Gil Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 19, 2018 Fondo Adelante Receives $300,000 CDFI Financial Assistance Award Will strengthen sustainability of MEDA’s San Francisco Bay Area community loan arm San Francisco — The nonprofit Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) has announced…

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Fondo Adelante Name Change Reflects MEDA’s Ongoing Commitment to Serving the Mission District, and the Bay Area’s Latino Community

What’s in a name? A lot actually. MEDA is excited to announce that it has legally changed the name of its community loan fund to Fondo Adelante. Explains CEO Luis Granados, “We wanted to better reflect the Latino community in our loan fund’s name. ‘Adelante’ literally means ‘move ahead’ in Spanish, and the addition of…

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