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About Us

About Us

Village Financial Cooperative is Community Development Financial Institution with a mission to pave a way towards prosperity for all people. We're a proposed Black-led Credit Union based on the Northside of Minneapolis sparking a financial renaissance within the local Black community and beyond. Our members believe in reversing the racial disparities of our state and come from all backgrounds and walks of life including anyone who lives, works, worships or goes to school in Hennepin or Ramsey County.

Bush Foundations 2018 Fellows. 

Photo by Ackerman + Gruber 2018

Me’Lea Connelly

Vision & Strategy Lead
Email: melea@villagefinancial.org
Ask Me About: Our story & vision, investing in Village Financial, and partnerships.


Maryama Dahir

Digital Strategist
Email: maryama@villagefinancial.org
Ask Me About: Newsletters, press releases, media inquiries and storytelling.


Shiranthi Goonathilaka

Engagement & Member Experience Lead
Email: shiranthi@villagefinancial.org
Ask Me About: Project updates, events, and ways to engage!


Juna Ly

Event Coordinator
Email: juna@villagefinancial.org
Ask Me About: Events and engagement opportunities.


Samantha Lee Pree-Stinson

Organizational Alignment Lead
Email: samanthalee@villagefinancial.org
Ask Me About: Notary services, operations, logistics and scheduling with Me'Lea.


Joe Riemann

Finance & Innovation Lead
Email: joe@villagefinancial.org
Ask Me About: Finance, Village Loan Funds, Co-Op Nerdery.