Samira Cook-Gaines serves as the Chief of Economic Empowerment for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC). In the post, she provides strategic and programmatic leadership in the areas of wealth creation and asset building for NCRC’s direct services programs, including two business centers serving the Washington, DC metro area.
In 2010, Cook-Gaines founded the Washington, DC Women’s Business Center (DC WBC), which supports women entrepreneurs through training, individual consultation, mentoring. In particular, the DC WBC fuels business growth through government procurement opportunities and exporting. Under Cook-Gaines’ direction, the DC WBC has assisted over 1,000 women in achieving their business goals. In honor of her work with small businesses, Cook-Gaines was selected as a White House Champion for Change in the area of entrepreneurship mentoring.
Cook-Gaines received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and her Master of Public Administration degree from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is also an active member of her Fort Lincoln neighborhood and volunteers, and a board member of the Association of Women’s Business Centers, and the Brandywine Street Association. Cook-Gaines is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.
April 16, 2019
Industry News -
Under the new Farm Bill, farmers can receive up to $100,000 through multiple microloan programs that provide flexible access to credit for small, beginning, niche, and non-traditional farms.
April 10, 2019
Industry News -
CDFI Fund Releases Annual Report on Activities According to the report, CDFI program awardees reported more than $11 billion in lending and investment activity, which financed nearly 16,000 businesses in 2018.
April 2, 2019
Policy News -
SBA Administrator Linda McMahon has announced her resignation effective April 12th. In a statement issued on Friday, McMahon said she will be returning to the private sector.