Manager of Stewardship Investing Impact and Analysis
Stella Tai is Manager of Stewardship Investing Impact and Analysis for Praxis Mutual Funds® and Everence® Financial, a leading provider of faith-based financial products in the United States. With more than 15 years of experience in small business lending and non-profit development, Stella provides primary leadership and support for the promotion, integration and development of impact investing and community development finance solutions.
Stella guides the development of financial products that meet the needs of low-to-moderate income (LMI) communities, helps promote the integration of faith and finances through Everence products and services, and works to grow opportunities for impact investments. Stella also leads proxy voting and impact reporting efforts.
Before coming to Everence, Stella was the Assistant Vice President of Lending at FINANTA, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she provided access to capital, small business training, technical assistance and credit building to credit-challenged small businesses - primarily minorities, women and borrowers with language barriers.
In 2006, Stella created a non-profit, Fruit of the Vine International, that fundraised for various children’s homes in Kenya through 2015. She has served on the board of Esperanza Health Center, a multi-cultural ministry providing holistic healthcare to Philadelphia’s underserved communities.
Currently, Stella serves on the board of Chariots for Hope, a non-profit supporting a network of eight children’s homes in Kenya that serves over 800 children.
Originally from Kenya, Stella holds a Masters of Economic Development from Eastern University and a Bachelor of Business and Marketing from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.