Category Archives: 2015-Intern

Kamila Demkova

Kamila DemkovaKamila Demkova, Small Business and Non-Profit Research & Financial Modeling Intern
Branch Location: Oakland, CA
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Education: Master’s in Development Practice at the University of California, Berkeley (2014)

Biography: Originally hailing from Slovakia, Kamila has lived in a variety of places including Vienna, Austria where she attended the Vienna International School. She went on to study at the University of Sussex in the U.K., receiving a BA (Hons) in Economics and International Relations. Finally, due to her interest in South America, she also attended Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile for a semester. Her career decisions were influenced by working at Kommunalkredit Public Consulting under the Kyoto Protocol, and her personal beliefs, she decided that what she really wants to do is to tackle environmental challenges, inequality and to work with technology. The first effective step in achieving this goal was to undertake a Master’s in Development Practice at UC Berkeley. In the past three years she worked at the United Nations, in South Africa working on an impact evaluation, and in the U.S. conducting computer human interaction research and working as a business developer for a renewable energy startup.

Project Description: Under the guidance of Salvador Menjivar, the Foundation’s Executive Director, Kamila will research best practices and successful innovative financing models launched by other Foundations. She will help build a conceptual model for a pool of funds that will be used to distribute resources to small business owners and non-profits who currently have mission-aligned loans.

Marie Bush

Marie Bush, CRA Intern
Branch Location: Oakland, CA
Hometown: Madison, WI
Education: MBA Candidate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (expected 2016)

Biography: Marie Bush is currently an MBA student with a specialization in corporate finance and investment banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining the program, Marie worked in the international nonprofit sector. Most recently she was the Director of Integration Programs at the Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee, where she led a team in the implementation, evaluation, and reporting functions of the organization’s largest grants. Previously, Marie worked for the International Rescue Committee in Bangkok, Thailand where she managed field programs as well as was highly involved in proposal development. Marie has also worked in Washington, D.C. for the US Agency for International Development and Damascus, Syria for the International Organization for Migration. Marie graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in International and Area Studies and from the Monterey Institute of International Studies with an MPA. Outside of work, Marie enjoys spending time outdoors and perfecting new recipes in the kitchen.

Project Description: Under the guidance of the CRA Compliance Officer, Marie will research and draft the Performance Context for the Community Reinvestment Act exam and develop and recommend a plan for the bank’s overall CRA strategy.

Patty Viafara

Patty headshotPatty Viafara, Small Business and Non-Profit Research & Financial Modeling Intern
Branch Location: Oakland, CA
Hometown: Miami, FL
Education: MBA Candidate in Global Impact Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (expected 2016)

Biography: Patty has worked with diverse cultures and across all levels of an organization, giving her an appreciation for the idiosyncrasies that bring organizations to life. She is currently pursuing an MBA in Global Impact Management at MIIS, with the goal of working to create sustainable and thriving business ecosystems.

Project Description: Under the guidance of Salvador Menjivar, the Foundation’s Executive Director, Patty will research best practices and successful innovative financing models launched by other Foundations. She will help build a conceptual model for a pool of funds that will be used to distribute resources to small business owners and non-profits who currently have mission-aligned loans.

Thomas Brempong

Thomas HeadshotThomas Brempong, Social, Economic and Environmental Impacts Data Specialist Intern
Branch Location: Albina Community Bank in Portland, OR
Hometown: Ghana
Education: B.A. Political Science (Business Administration Minor) at Washington State University, Vancouver (2015)

Biography: Originally, from Ghana, Thomas Brempong is a recent graduate of Washington State University and holds a degree in Political Science. With experience working in local government and was heavily involved in campus life, where he served as an orientation leader and student ambassador. Thomas has an unwavering entrepreneurial spirit and interest for helping developing countries, and a passion for community/economic development, fair lending, banking regulations, compliance, small business, impact investing, emerging markets, and banking in general. Fluent in three languages, and having travelled extensively around the world, Thomas brings a unique perspective, skills in research and other valuable attributes into this internship. Looking forward, he looks to emulate his skills and expertise into the banking sector or any avenue or sector where he can better reach the populace he serves.

Project Description: Thomas will conduct demographic research in areas within and adjacent to Albina’s lending areas. He will also research the B Corp certification assessment process and, under the guidance of the Chief Financial Officer at Albina, compile the data for the application and help draft the assessment.