Marketing Leaders Join Opportunity Fund Nonprofit Board, Mission to Help California Small Businesses

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Amy Gurley and Shelley Harrison have been elected to serve on Opportunity Fund’s Board of Directors. Opportunity Fund is California’s leading microfinance nonprofit helping thousands of low-income residents move out of poverty.

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Amy and Shelley make wonderful additions to our Board of Directors at a time when we are expanding to help more low-income Californians in more places than ever before,

Amy Gurley and Shelley Harrison have been elected to serve on Opportunity Fund’s Board of Directors. “We are thrilled to have two new members join the Board,” said Board Chair David Krimm. “Amy and Shelley both bring a rich knowledge of marketing and have extensive leadership and philanthropic experience, key assets for Opportunity Fund as we continue to lead the growth of this high-impact non-profit.”

Shelley Harrison is the founder of San Francisco-based Launch Pad, Inc., a high-tech start-up consultancy, where she has advised nearly 200 companies, many of whom have experienced successful IPOs and acquisitions. Harrison, who began her career with Hewlett-Packard in the 1980s, has been involved in numerous high-tech success stories. She currently serves on the Marketing Advisory Board for Michigan State University, and is a volunteer with the Taproot Foundation and Schools of the Sacred Heart. Harrison is a long-standing member of the Alois Society of the Alzheimer's Association, and a regular financial contributor to numerous arts and social causes.

Amy Gurley worked at CS First Boston from 1990 to 1997 in the Investment Banking Group and then as an Associate in the Research Group covering the Semiconductor Industry and then Beverages & Branded Products. In 1998, Gurley began work in the Marketing Department at Onsale.com where she helped develop customer tracking tools. After leaving Onsale.com in late 1999, Gurley did marketing consulting work for companies such as Nordstrom.com, Pets.com, ToysRUs.com, and eToys.com. She served on the board of Windmill School in Portola Valley from 2004 to 2009 in the capacity of Secretary and then as President for 3 years. She continued her volunteer efforts at Windmill by chairing a successful feasibility study and kicking off a capital campaign for the school to raise money and re-locate Windmill School to a permanent location. Additionally, Gurley has chaired or served on committees for various fundraising efforts for the Portola Valley School District and Sacred Heart Schools.

“Amy and Shelley make wonderful additions to our Board of Directors at a time when we are expanding to help more low-income Californians in more places than ever before,” said CEO Eric Weaver.

Company Information:
Opportunity Fund is a not-for-profit social enterprise helping thousands of California families build financial stability. Our mission is to advance the economic well-being of working people by helping them earn, save and invest in their future. Our strategy combines microloans for small businesses, microsavings accounts, and community real estate financing. Now California's leading microfinance provider, Opportunity Fund began based on the idea that small amounts of money and financial advice could help people make permanent and lasting change to improve their own lives. Since making our first loan in 1995, our team has deployed over $279 million into our communities.
http://www.opportunityfund.org

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