Kathy Stearns retired in 2019 after twelve years managing her own financial planning and sustainable investment advising firm.
From 1997 to 2007, Kathy worked at Opportunity Finance Network, where she developed and implemented the first ever rating system for community development financial institutions, served as Chief Financial Officer, managed the organization’s financing activities, and provided training and consulting services to CDFIs.
Prior to working at Opportunity Finance, Kathy worked at ACCION International for nine years. She managed a microfinance organization in Costa Rica, helped start microfinance programs in the U.S., and provided training and consulting services to microfinance organizations in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Kathy is an active volunteer in Boise, ID and serves on the board of Jesse Tree, a nonprofit committed to preventing evictions. She enjoys hiking, biking, camping and skiing in the surrounding mountains.