Since 2001, Partners has played a leadership role in facilitating the growth and development of the community development banking sector by managing the Community Development Bankers Association (CDBA). CDBA is the national trade association of the CDFI bank sector. CDFI banks are focused on providing access to capital and responsible financial services in low-income urban, rural and Native American communities. All members are double bottom line enterprises that balance margin and mission. CDBA educates policymakers, regulators, legislators and the general public on the importance of working community development banks and the low-income communities they serve.