Mission
OHFi invests in New Mexico communities who have been historically excluded from traditional financing services. We provide capital to ventures tahat specifically—but not exclusively—build wealth for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).

Vision
We envision a New Mexico where everyone has access to the resources they need to build generational wealth. We believe this can be achieved by actively addressing and repairing the harmful economic impacts that settler colonialism and systemic racism have had on BIPOC communities in our state and beyond.

Values
In everything we do, we are guided by our core values:

  • Equity—Shifting resources to those who have been systematically denied those resources
  • People/Culture/Heritage—Honoring the diversity of expression in which we all live, learn, and lead
  • Access—Creating structures and systems that allow for authentic inclusion
  • Community—Recognizing our interdependence and shared goals for collective wellbeing

What We Do
OHFI offers financial services including loans, investments, technical assistance and networking opportunities to historically underestimated New Mexico residents and entrepreneurs.

The Three Pillars of our work consist of:

Investing in People: Fast, easy, low interest personal loans as an alternative to predatory payday lending. These loans include access to financial education to help build your credit and effectively manage your money to make your dreams come true…COMING SOON!

Investing in Business: A full suite of loan products and technical assistance that gives BIPOC entrepreneurs access to the capital you need to grow thriving businesses

Investing in Community: Building partnerships with entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists and local leaders on innovative projects in the areas of affordable housing, education, and workforce development.

Lynn Johnson
CEO, One Hope Financial Institution (OHFI)

Lynn Johnson believes that the solutions to our most pressing problems lie with those who have been historically silenced, ignored, and left out. She’s spent her career amplifying these voices as an expert facilitator and visionary leader in the fields of social impact, entrepreneurship, organizational development, and the arts. She is motivated and ready to transition her experience into finance, assuring that marginalized communities remain at the center of economic development efforts in New Mexico and beyond.

Experienced CEO
Over the last thirty years, Lynn has had the opportunity to champion executives, management teams, boards of directors, artists, and entrepreneurs. She strategized with small businesses raising capital and facilitated business leaders through operational planning. Her expertise as a consultant has been grounded in her own experiences as a successful entrepreneur. Lynn’s social ventures have been recognized and financed by SheEO, the Force for Good Fund, RSF Social Finance, and Ashoka Changemakers.

In 2023, Lynn founded her latest social impact company, High Desert Playback in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Currently in partnership with The New Mexico Foundation, HEAL + NM, Downtown ABQ Arts + Culture District, and the City of Albuquerque’s Office of Equity and Inclusion, High Desert Playback is igniting community dialogue, cultural healing, and collective liberation through theater.

In 2020, Lynn Co-Founded Hella Social Impact™, a women of color-owned consultancy that engages organizations to authentically and impactfully show up for racial justice. As CEO of this social venture, Lynn developed a framework and assessment for organizations committed to racial equity. Her clients included Seth Godin’s altMBA, Girl Scouts, and B Lab US + Canada.

In 2004, Lynn Co-Founded another for-profit social venture called Spotlight: Girls based in Oakland, CA. Her company was recognized as a Best For The World, Certified B Corp, and raised over half a million dollars in capital to expand operations. Spotlight: Girls became so foundational to the Oakland, Bay Area community that, in 2021, Lynn was featured in an art installation at the Oakland Museum of CA.

Award-Winning Speaker
Lynn is an award-winning speaker who’s appeared on the stages of SOCAP, the B Corp Champions Retreat, Social Venture Circle, SVI Women, BlogHer, Lean StartUp Week, and Wisdom 2.0. Her Communications degree from Northwestern University gave her all the tools she needed to inspire, educate and lead.

Local Home-Owner + Volunteer
Along with her wife of 20+ years and their teenage daughter, Lynn moved to Albuquerque in 2020. Since becoming a first-time home-owner in the Land of Enchantment, Lynn has volunteered as a Girl Scouts Troop Leader and as part of the Office of Black Community Engagement Strategy Team through the City of Albuquerque’s Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Raquel Romero
Loan Manager

Prior to her current role, Raquel spent 2 years as a Mortgage Loan Closer with Frost Mortgage Group a division of PRMI. As a Mortgage Closer Raquel performed data entry, quality control, closing document preparation and worked closely with the underwriting, loan processing, lending teams and title companies to ensure a successful closing.

Raquel spent the prior 5 years as an Operations Administrator for DreamSpring a local micro lender. As an Operations Administrator Raquel was responsible for loan processing, closings, funding, quality control and maintaining the security of collateral. Raquel spent the first 7 years of her career moving up through the financial industry starting as a Teller with Wells Fargo where she developed skills in financial consulting, relationship building, cash handling, ledger balancing, and project management. Raquel also spent some time as a Universal Banker with Bank of Albuquerque. Raquel expanded on her knowledge of financial consulting and began developing skills in retail lending, mortgage lending, research, and risk management. Ending her retail banking journey as a Lead Teller and Financial Consultant for Nusenda Federal Credit Union Raquel continued to use her knowledge and skills to provide resources and education to the members of the credit union. Raquel was able to ensure that her community was well educated and provided with all the resources that were offered to help them be financially fit.

Born and raised in Albuquerque, Raquel is no stranger to the lack of financial resources in
the community. She will help build new opportunities for growth in our beautiful city.

Charles Ashley III
Founder

President & Founder of Cultivating Coders, a New Mexico based company that provides technical training and curriculum in web and mobile application development to K-12 schools in tribal, rural and overlooked urban areas that lack resources in coding and computer science education. Prior to his current role, Charles was a Marketing & Strategy Consultant for several clients including Harmonix Technologies, VARA Wines and DeVry University. He previously served as Film Liaison & Marketing Manager for Bernalillo County’s Economic Development Department in New Mexico and was Manager of Marketing for CNM’s STEMulus Center. Charles currently sits on the One Albuquerque Fund Board, Learning Alliance and has served on a variety of boards such as the US Eagle Federal Credit Union, New Mexico AIDS Services, Albuquerque Youth Basketball League Board, Mayor Berry’s Albuquerque Deep Dive Council for Arts & Culture and Mayor Keller’s Education Transition Team.

Dr. Everette W. Hill
Founder

Everette is an expert in community, youth, organizational and grass-roots policy development. After nearly 25 years working in the educational, non-profit and community development sectors, Hill is currently providing consultative services to leaders, organizational design and development services to institutions and organizations, and project management services to NGO’s, philanthropic groups and governmental organizations. All of the organizations that are clients of the SISGroup are thinking about how to maximize their systems, structures and efforts to lead to transformative changes. “As an organizational development and management consultant, my work is to support leaders in developing new concepts, strategies and ideas for their organizations to meet the most vexing and pernicious of social needs.” My work is to engage institutional and individual reflection, cultural and organizational assessment through a series of deliberate community dialogues with constituents, partners and stakeholders.