Mark Fick is the Director of Lending with Shared Capital Cooperative where he leads the business development, loan underwriting and portfolio management functions of the organization. As a cooperatively owned lender, Shared Capital works to build economic democracy by providing financing throughout the United States to cooperatively owned housing and businesses including consumer-, worker-, and producer- owned cooperatives. Previous to joining Shared Capital, Mark was the Director of Lending Operations with the Chicago Community Loan Fund where he was responsible for providing financing and technical assistance to affordable housing, cooperative enterprises and community-based organizations in the Chicagoland area. Mark has been an active leader with a variety of community-based and economic development organizations over the past 25 years including; Northside Community Federal Credit Union, NASCO Development Services, Stone Soup Housing Cooperative, ONE Northside, Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative and other people-focused economic projects in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. Currently, Mark is working to co-found Chicago’s new cross sector cooperative business alliance.