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Getting to know:  Jane Henderson


Posted By Times-Dispatch Staff On April 21, 2012 the Richmond Times-Dispatch

Title: President and chief executive officer of Virginia Community Capital, a community development financial institution with offices in Richmond and Christiansburg

Born: Jacksonville, Fla.

Education: Bachelor's degree in business administration from Gettysburg College, 1981; master's in business administration, St. Joseph's University, 1986.

Career: In banking since 1981, working for banks in Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina; named president and CEO of Virginia Community Capital in 2005.

Where do you live: Catawba (a community in Roanoke County)

Best business decision: "When asked to take on CRA (Community Reinvestment Act) compliance for a bank, I said yes, but begrudgingly. It turned out to be the opening of the door to community development banking — the chance to utilize my business and banking skills for community benefits. It was the beginning of my journey in mission-related finance and banking. It led me to a fulfilling career doing beneficial work and helping create new models of finance, banking and social investing."

Worst business decision: "Underestimating the amount of energy and time to get a project or program going. This is not a specific event or decision, but a general theme that I continue to work on. I have a very high sense of urgency, and it causes me to 'trip up' sometimes in my work."

What is the biggest challenge/opportunity in the next two to five years: "Virginia Community Capital is just hitting its stride. We have capital to lend and invest, we have programs supporting revitalization and job creation, and we have a strong financial outlook. VCC is poised to double its size and double its impact. We want to be the premier community development financial institution in the state, with several more offices and expanded capital investments in Virginia's communities. We need to grow our team and execute well to meet these goals. We need to find new ways to respond to Virginia's most pressing housing and community economic development issues. It is time for the next stage of our growth and impact."

First job after college: Loan operations manager for American Bank and Trust in Reading, Pa.

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently: "Perhaps take a bit more risk but, all in all, it has and continues to be a great journey."

Movie that inspired you the most: "Mr. Holland's Opus"

Favorite/least favorite subject in school: "Favorites: math and literature; toughest: physics."



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