OUR TEAM

Our Leadership Team
Henry Childs II

Henry Childs II

President & CEO

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Henry Childs II, Esq. is a business strategist, innovator, and expert in minority business development. As BCF’s board chairperson, president & CEO, Mr. Childs provides guidance, direction, and oversight for the organization.  Prior to joining BCF, he served as the national director for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency, as well as the head of the U.S. delegation to the Working Party at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Founder and CEO of the Minority Wealth Commission, Mr. Childs also served as the policy advisor to the White House Office of Public Affairs, where he led the White House’s African-American outreach, and co-led the White House’s urban revitalization agenda.

 

Mr. Childs holds a Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law and a graduate certificate in International and Comparative Law.

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Socorro Vallejo

Vice-President and Controller

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Socorro Vallejo is an expert in non-profit impact financing with 25 years of experience. In her role at BCF as Vice President and Controller, Ms. Vallejo manages the financial structures, systems, and reporting for clear analysis, strategic planning, and operational and administrative management of the BCF and its subsidiaries. She also manages the BCF’s Internship Program established in 2012.   After joining BCF in 1994 as Office Manager. Ms. Vallejo was promoted to Assistant Vice President and Controller in 2000 and has held her current position as Vice President and Controller since 2014.   Ms. Vallejo earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Lehman College.

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Ruben Rodriguez

Senior Vice-President and Chief Lending Officer

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Ruben Rodriguez is an experienced business professional with 35 years of in-depth knowledge of finance and small business lending with JPMorgan Chase Bank, Bank of America, and New York National Bank.   Since joining BCF in 2012, Mr. Rodriguez is involved in all aspects of the BCF with particular focus on managing the organization’s loan portfolio, including loan underwriting. Before joining BCF, Mr. Rodriguez managed the loan portfolio for Seedco Financial Services, Inc. (currently known as TruFund Financial Services, Inc.) a national non-profit organization that provides affordable capital, hands-on business assistance and solutions to small businesses, non-profit organizations and real estate developers.   Mr. Rodriguez received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Lehman College.

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Elba Garcia

Vice-President, Loan Portfolio Manager

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Elba Garcia brings over 20 years of experience in loan operations to minority business enterprises.   As Assistant Vice President, Loan Portfolio Manager, Ms. Garcia is responsible for managing the daily loan operations of BCF and Triad Investments, LP., including loan administration, servicing, monitoring, compliance reporting, renewal and restructuring. Prior to joining BCF in 1996, Ms. Garcia worked as an assistant to the Economic Development Specialist for the Bronx Council for Economic Development and assisted with the formation of a Business Improvement District.   Ms. Garcia received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business Management from Lehman College.