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Spotlight on SFNet's Diversity, Equity & Inclusiveness Committee: Interview with Jessica Sanchez
September 18, 2023
By Michele Ocejo
Jessica Sanchez is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications at Access Capital, Inc., a New York-based commercial finance firm and the nation’s leading independent lender to the staffing industry. The firm provides working capital lines of credit from $500,000 to $25 million and term loans up to $5 million to clients to support their ongoing business and finance growth strategies, including M&A, strategic investments, and shareholder buyouts.
Please provide a bit of background including how you got into the industry and your current role.
I started working at Access Capital about two weeks after I graduated college, over 20 years ago. I attribute my long tenure to the wonderful people at Access Capital, all of whom I consider both colleagues and friends. I also connect deeply with Access Capital’s time-honored culture of professionalism, inclusion, and ongoing support of each team member.
Access Capital has provided me with wonderful opportunities for growth and development during my career. I began serving as an assistant account executive when I first joined, ultimately finding myself in the role of marketing director.
Why did you join SFNet’s DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) Committee?
Upon joining as CEO of Access Capital, Terry Keating made it part of his mission to ensure that each member of our team was afforded opportunities for professional development as well as opportunities to make meaningful contributions to relevant associations and their committees.
Terry and I share an extraordinarily strong passion for DEI and its role both within our organization and the secured finance industry at large. After several deep discussions about our views, Terry encouraged me to join the SFNet DEI Committee.
What do you think the industry can do to increase diversity, equity, and inclusiveness?
The task of serving and contributing to a more inclusive and equitable financial ecosystem does not occur in an echo chamber, it takes ongoing development, education, conversation, recalibration and lastly, evolution.
This journey begins by first embracing and committing to DEI principles in an actionable way and building a foundation rooted in dedication to the DEI cause. Put simply, an organization must show their allegiance with the strategies they apply internally. The DEI journey can only truly find life within an organization through policies including inclusive hiring practices, promoting an equitable workplace culture, ensuring equal opportunities, engaging with underrepresented communities, transparently measuring progress, and continuously refining efforts.