Oswaldo Acosta

Oswaldo joined City First Enterprises in early 2019, bringing his lending, project finance, and entrepreneurial experience to lead the organization’s efforts in advancing the region’s economic development agenda. Since then, he has led the design and implementation of the strategic expansion of CFE activities to new investment categories, including clean energy, small business, and residential mortgage lending. 

Prior to his tenure at CFE, Oswaldo was the head of the Small Business group at Washington’s Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC). He led a significant lending volume growth and the expansion of the group’s footprint across the region. Oswaldo also successfully drove the adoption of fintech and algorithmic features to the group’s lending activities. In his own entrepreneurial ventures, he launched a food distribution company with market reach in Virginia, Maryland, DC, Pennsylvania, and New York City. After selling the company in 2012, he joined the Self-Help Ventures Fund’s commercial lending group. He also previously worked as an economics consultant for Stone & Webster in London, before being assigned to lead projects for The World Bank in Washington, DC. 

Oswaldo serves on several boards across the region, including Capital Impact Partners and the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC). He recently concluded his term as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Community Investment Council and the Greater Baybrook Alliance.

Oswaldo holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Mexico’s Monterrey Institute of Technology, a master’s in political economy from the United Kingdom’s University of Essex, and a master’s in economics (Regulation) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.