Lucas Turner-Owens is the Fund Manager for the Boston Ujima Project. As the Fund Manager, Lucas provides Technical Assistance to entrepreneurs, connects them with business support organizations, gives financial education to Ujima's investor base (many of whom are non-accredited), does loan packaging, underwriting, and manages Ujima's portfolio of investments.
Prior to joining the Ujima Project, Lucas worked as an economic policy analyst for Operation HOPE, a nonprofit focused on consumer financial education. In the government affairs department he advocated for public policy with a focus on economic policy designed to build wealth in communities of color. Following this, Lucas worked as a loan officer for Cooperation DC, providing technical assistance and expansion loans from a network of impact investors to grow social enterprises and worker-owned co-operatives in Washington D.C. Lucas joined Next Street Financial as a senior analyst in their Boston office. In this role, he applied his background in small business development and public policy to support clients making impact investments and strategic growth decisions.