Viola Mai is ICA’s Development Director, managing ICA’s funding streams from philanthropic, government, and corporate donors. She oversees the organization’s portfolio of institutional funders and individual donors, ensuring that the organization raises enough contributed revenue to effectively and sustainably finance its innovative programs. 

Viola is a community-rooted finance professional dedicated to democratizing financial systems. Prior to joining ICA, Viola led capital raising efforts from values-aligned investors at Self-Help Federal Credit Union, engaging with high net worth households, wealth advisors, nonprofit organizations, and corporations across the nation. Her career has also encompassed roles in financial education and financial services compliance.

Viola received her Bachelor’s in Economics with highest honors from University of California, Davis, where she studied as a Regent’s Scholar.

First Job

Informally, legal document translator for my immigrant parents. Formally, paperwork for an insurance agency.

Best Advice I've Received

Celebrate your achievements and prioritize repair and resolution after you finish a project.

Why I work at ICA

A diverse ecosystem is one that thrives, but our current economic structures are designed to route resources to those with the most privilege and means. I'm here because we're proving out that a different model of finance can work. We can be an accountable community partner, a non-extractive investor, and a responsible steward of assets -- all while ensuring that systemically overlooked small businesses have the financial and social capital needed to succeed.

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