My name's Carl, and I'm a 2nd year Evening MBA student at Foster with a passion for sustainability, environmental stewardship, and clean energy. During the day, I work at a nonprofit that invests in entrepreneurs that can't get bank financing. And here at Foster, I'm interested in general management, marketing, entrepreneurship, and finance.
Craft3 (www.craft3.org) is a nonprofit loan fund with about $200 million under management in Oregon and Washington. We make business loans from $50,000 to $10 million, generally to businesses or projects that aren't bankable today, but will be in 3 to 5 years. Because we're unregulated (unlike a bank), we have a greater deal of lending flexibility and can finance emerging industries (including clean energy), startups, and in situations where there is limited/no collateral, storied credit, or external factors that have negatively impacted the business.
For Craft3, I handle external/government affairs, media relations, communications, and marketing. Because we're a mission-aligned nonprofit, we focus our investments on businesses and projects that make the greatest impacts in the community we serve.
Prior to Craft3, I worked for seven years for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell in Washington, DC managing small business, transportation, and federal appropriations policy.