CEO, Accion East


Paul joined Accion East in 2007, bringing 15 years of investment banking, public accounting and community development investment experience. He joined Accion to champion the growth of small mom and pop businesses in the U.S.  In his first year, Paul raised an all-time high of $2.6 million grant dollars.

In 2008, Paul was promoted to CFO/COO after his instrumental role in the historic cross-state combination that tripled the number of office centers and expanded the service footprint to include over thirty states.  In February 2009, Paul implemented a new risk scoring system that reduced delinquency from 16.3% to 3.8% by the end of 2012.  In 2011, he led a strategic planning effort aimed at growing the number of loans and dollars disbursed.  In 2012, these efforts moved the organization from a $1.4 million deficit position to over $140 thousand surplus.

Paul serves on the board of directors for the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) and Accion, The U.S. Network.  Paul was a CPA for Deloitte & Touche and earned a BA in business administration and accounting from the University of Washington. He was a Robert F. Toigo Foundation fellow and earned an MBA from Columbia Business School. Paul is married with three young children and dreams of making access and delivery of U.S. microloans as common place as credit cards today.

Presentation Info

Here’s the Money® Access to Capital—Alternative Lenders Panel

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Room #2 – Startup & Entrepreneurship Track