Coalition Initiatives

AEO is an active partner and contributor to a range of national issue & policy coalitions. AEO participates in  these networks when the issues addressed are critical to the interests of our members and their clients. To learn more about our current policy coalition partners, please click on the links below.

Interested in these initiatives or joining forces with AEO on a high impact policy topic?  Please contact Connie Evans, President & CEO or Ann Sullivan, Head of Government Relations.


  • CDFI COALITIONAEO holds a permanent seat on the Board of Directors of the CDFI Coalition, which coordinates industry-wide initiatives to to increase the availability of capital, credit and financial services to low-income communities across the nation. Members of the coalition include community development loan funds, community development banks, community development credit unions, microenterprise lenders, community development corporations and community development venture capital funds.
  • MICROENTERPRISE ANTI-POVERTY CONSORTIUM (MAP): MAP is an informal network of national leaders in microenterprise development, including AEO, the Corporation for Enterprise Development, the Center for Rural Affairs, the Aspen Institute's FIELD Program, and State Microenterprise Associations. MAP representatives meet monthly to coordinate comprehensive and strategic microenterprise development policy efforts. In addition, MAP provides a dynamic forum for sharing efficiencies and innovations in the microenterprise field.
  • SELF EMPLOYMENT TAX INITIATIVE (SETI): Unincorporated, self-employed business owners must file a Schedule C each year to report any business income (or loss.) Each year over 2 million individuals file for the first time, and many of them would benefit from support through free tax preparation programs. These programs are an invaluable resource and partner in offering microenterprise assistance and financing. AEO is part of the coalition led by  CFED to support tax preparation efforts to reach low-income business owners.