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Sandhya Nakhasi



Areas of Expertise: Catalytic capital, community-led investment programs, equitable lending programs

Sandhya Nakhasi is an executive leader and champion of reimagining a more equitable financial system. She is a co-CEO at Common Future after serving as Managing Director of Impact Investments, where she used an experimental approach to stewarding and growing a portfolio of field defining, equitable lending and community-led investment programs.

Before Common Future’s acquisition of Community Credit Lab (CCL), Sandhya was Co-Founder - serving first as CCL’s Chief Investment Officer, and subsequently as Executive Director. At the organization, she was responsible for leading the team to design and enable affordable and accessible place-based lending programs designed in partnership with community-rooted organizations. Prior to CCL, she was the Investment Manager at a private foundation where she led the design and implementation of both direct and indirect impact investing strategies. In her career to date, she has worked at public, private, and non-profit financial institutions including Freddie Mac, Capital One, and Coastal Enterprises, Inc. where she developed her expertise in credit analysis, portfolio risk management, and portfolio operations. She has also used her professional expertise to build out underwriting and portfolio-management systems and processes that enabled data-driven decisions at Lighter Capital, a financial technology start-up focused on small business lending.

Sandhya has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from New York University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. She also serves on the governance of Common Future, Community Credit Lab, Communities of Opportunity, and is a part of the Investment Committee for the Inclusive Capital Collective.


No Longer Lonely at the Top: A Growing Number of Nonprofits Hire Co-CEOs | The Chronical of Philanthropy

Big News: Common Future is Acquiring Community Credit Lab | Medium

Solidarity, Character, and Capital: Breaking Down Barriers in Traditional Lending Through a Community-Centered Fund | Medium

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