Tara Kenchen has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit, affordable housing, community development lending, and small business sectors. She is the founder of UF Strategies, a coaching and consulting firm supporting the growth and development of organizations through executive leadership coaching and support, strategic visioning and planning, organizational development, and racial equity coaching. Prior to dedicating her time to UF Strategies, she most recently served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the North Carolina Community Development Initiative. Tara also led the Initiative’s lending arm, Initiative Capital, a certified CDFI that provides strategic lending and investment for community economic developers and businesses in the state of NC. Tara enjoys reading, live music, and spending time with her family.