Born and raised in northern New Mexico, F. Leroy Pacheco has worked in community development and banking for more than thirty five years. His experience has earned him national recognition from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 1990, Pacheco received the Advocate Award from the New Mexico Indian Business Association and in 1995, Pacheco was named by the New Mexico Business Journal as one of the Top 20 Most Influential People in Albuquerque.
From 1997 through 2003, Pacheco served as president and CEO of ACCION Chicago, a non-profit micro lending organization aimed at providing non-traditional financing to small businesses. In January 2004, Pacheco was appointed as executive director of ASSETS Chicago. ASSETS (A Service for Self-Employment, Training and Support) is a microenterprise development model that delivers practical, hands-on business training supported by mentoring, technical assistance, business financing and related support to participants and alumni. The program is developed and piloted by the MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Association).
In January 2007, Pacheco was appointed as President/CEO of The Loan Fund. The Loan Fund was established in 1989, as the first faith based, non-profit micro lending organization providing alternate financing to small businesses and other non-profits. Started by the New Mexico Council of Churches, The Loan Fund has lent over $46 million and helped to create or preserve over 6,500 jobs throughout New Mexico.
Pacheco earned a Bachelor of Business degree in finance from New Mexico State University and has completed coursework for a Masters with a concentration in entrepreneurship from DePaul.