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VCC’s President and CEO Named to National Board


VCC’s President and CEO Jane Henderson was named one of three new board members for The Center for Rural Entrepreneurship on January 28.

Thomas S. Lyons of Baruch College and current board Chair said of the transition, “We are excited about the addition of these three members who bring deep experience with entrepreneurship and community development. They also represent some of the key organizational partners that the Center works with across the country.  We look forward to the talents and energy they will bring to our board.”

The additional new appointees are are David Leckey, Executive Director of the Orton Family Foundation, and Tim Putnam, Associate Director, North Iowa Area Community College’s Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. The three leaders replace Lee Vickers, Leslie Scott, and Brian Dabson, whose terms recently expired.

Based in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship helps communities throughout the U.S. and Canada build a prosperous future. The center works in partnership with communities to provide research-based, asset-focused, comprehensive and customized economic development strategies emphasizing entrepreneurship.

Other members of the board include:

Michelle Decker, Executive Director, Rural Action

Mary Hunt, Senior Program Officer, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

Thomas S. Lyons (Chair), Lawrence N. Field Family Chair in Entrepreneurship, Baruch College, CUNY

Ines Polonius, Executive Director, alt.Consulting

Nancy Straw (Treasurer), President, West Central Initiative

Sherece West-Scantlebury, President and CEO, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

Shawn Winkler-Rios, CEO, Soloprenur



About Virginia Community Capital:
With offices in Christiansburg, Richmond, and Springfield, Virginia Community Capital (VCC) is dedicated to the prospect of building wealth for all through our lending, deposits, and advisory services. As a community development financial institution (CDFI), our mission is to offer innovative, flexible financial products designed to support housing and community development ventures, increase jobs, and encourage sustainable communities. In partnership with our for-profit bank, Community Capital Bank of Virginia (CCB), the non-profit VCC offers loan capital broader and more flexible than bank lending in low-to-moderate income communities in underserved geographies and markets. Learn more at  vacommunitycapital.org.