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Yessenia Diaz De Leon.

Community Lending Manager 

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I joined Accion in 2016 as a Loan Officer and transitioned to my current role as a Community Lending Manager in 2017. Prior to joining Accion, I was a bookkeeping assistant at a small accounting company on the South Side of the city. I received a BBA from the University of Notre Dame in 2012, majoring in Management Consulting with a minor in Latino Studies. Currently, I manage a team of Community Lenders on the South Side of Chicago and am responsible for lead generation, strategic community initiatives and partnerships, and bank referral relationships in order to reach as many entrepreneurs as possible.


Accion Chicago is a non-profit small business lender serving Illinois and Indiana. We assist both start-up and existing businesses with access to capital, coaching, and connections. We offer one-on-one coaching as well as customized capital solutions to help entrepreneurs grow in the communities we are seeking to serve.

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