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Charlene Andersen

New Hampshire Community Loan Fund
Farm Food Lender
Charlene Andersen is the Farm Food Lender at the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, a nonprofit that turns investments into loans and education to create opportunity and transform lives across the state. In this role, she advocates for farmers, fishers, food producers and value chain businesses that focus on strengthening the local food system, by providing financing and technical assistance to these entrepreneurs.

Prior to her current role, Charlene held the position of Manager of Business Education at the Community Loan Fund, where she was responsible for identifying key skill strengthening opportunities and connecting the right expertise to advance borrowers’ profitability, job creation, and sustainable business development.
Charlene’s professional career reflects a variety of positions with a small business manufacturer, a global supplier of EMI shielding and thermal interface materials, and founder of her own marketing consulting business. She has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Eastern Nazarene College. She participates in numerous action-oriented food system initiatives regionally and statewide, such as NH Food Alliance, Farm to Institution New England and NH Agricultural Financiers.

Charlene is a dedicated volunteer. She served on the Nottingham Select Board and Planning Board and
many other elected and appointed positions in Town. She is an advocate for groundwater protection, land conservation and equality. She lives in Nottingham NH where she can be found doing home improvements, hiking, kayaking and bat watching.