Cynthia Valle joined Second Federal, a division of Self-Help Federal Credit Union in 2014. She is the Senior Business Development Officer for the Commercial Lending Team in Chicago. Cynthia brings over 12 years of extensive commercial lending experience. She has worked both in the non-profit, Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) space as well as the conventional for-profit banking industry. Her lending career has encompassed both community small business lending and commercial real estate lending. At Self- Help, Cynthia was responsible for leading the process to establish a commercial lending department and continues to be responsible for growing the portfolio by originating new business relationships. She has worked with business owners and commercial real estate investors to provide comprehensive lending and banking solutions.  She is fluent in Spanish and focused on serving the underserved communities in the Chicagoland area. She is a strong community advocate as is evident from the high mission loans that are originated at Self-Help. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Spanish from the University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign.