Alan Fisher speaking at a podium

We join our colleagues at California Reinvestment Coalition in mourning the loss Friday to cancer of their founding director Alan Fisher.

Alan played a key role in our work for economic justice. He was a trusted partner, colleague and friend of Woodstock CEO Horacio “Fred” Mendez, who shared:

From planning member meetings and areas of focus that would make my bank better, to arguments at the cafe across Valencia St about everything from politics to cycling to my career choices … he was a joy to spend time with. I’m heartbroken for Sharon, his family, and our community. He was a lion of a man (the hair helped) and I doubt there will ever be another quite like him.

In his obituary on, Alan’s work for financial justice is profiled:

Alan’s guiding principle was to do good and be humble. He served for 20 years as the founding Executive Director of the California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC). He worked with what started as a loose committee of housing advocates to create the largest reinvestment coalition in the country. Under Alan’s leadership, along with a great staff and growing membership, CRC was able to hold some of the largest and most powerful corporations in the world to account.

Our thoughts go out to him and his family and also to our colleagues at California Reinvestment Coalition, National Community Reinvestment Coalition and all who have been touched by his work and life.