Dear Stakeholders, Members, and the Broader Community,

I am thrilled and honored to address you as the incoming President & CEO of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO). As I step into this role, I am filled with immense gratitude for the opportunity to lead an organization that has been at the forefront of fostering economic empowerment and advancing entrepreneurship in our communities.

First and foremost, I want to express my deepest appreciation to my predecessor for their outstanding leadership and dedication to our mission. Under their guidance, AEO has achieved remarkable milestones and made significant strides in supporting small businesses and underserved entrepreneurs across the nation. I am committed to building upon this strong foundation and driving our organization to even greater heights.

At AEO, we believe that every individual deserves the chance to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, regardless of their background or circumstances. Our work is driven by a steadfast commitment to equity, inclusivity, and innovation. As we look to the future, I am inspired by the opportunities that lie ahead to make a meaningful impact on the lives of countless individuals and communities.

As your new CEO, I am fully committed to:

  1. Strengthening Partnerships: Collaboration is key to our success. I am eager to forge new partnerships and strengthen existing ones with like-minded organizations, government agencies, corporate partners, and philanthropic institutions who share our vision for economic empowerment.
  2. Driving Impactful Initiatives: We will continue to develop and implement initiatives that address the unique needs of underserved entrepreneurs, providing them with the resources, support, and opportunities they need to thrive.
  3. Amplifying Voices: It is imperative that we elevate the voices of those we serve and advocate for policies that promote economic justice and entrepreneurship as a pathway to prosperity. Together, we can drive systemic change and create a more inclusive economy for all.
  4. Fostering Innovation: In today’s rapidly evolving landscape, innovation is essential. We will embrace new technologies, methodologies, and best practices to enhance our programs and services, ensuring that we remain at the forefront of the field.
  5. Empowering Our Team: Our greatest asset is our dedicated team of professionals who are passionate about our mission. I am committed to fostering a culture of collaboration, creativity, and continuous learning, empowering our team to excel in their roles and make a lasting impact.

As we embark on this journey together, I invite you to join me in reimagining the future of opportunity. Together, we can create a world where every individual has the chance to succeed and thrive as an entrepreneur.

I am incredibly excited about the possibilities that lie ahead, and I look forward to working closely with each and every one of you to advance our shared mission.

Thank you for your continued support, dedication, and partnership.

Warm regards,

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Natalie Madeira Cofield

President & CEO, Association for Enterprise Opportunity


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Natalie Madeira Cofield is the President & CEO of AEO, the voice of innovation in microbusiness and microfinance in the United States. AEO and its nearly 3,000 members have helped millions of entrepreneurs contribute to economic growth while supporting themselves, their families, and their communities.