Who We Are


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Phoebe Higgins, Director

Phoebe Higgins joined the California Fisheries Fund in 2008. She manages the Fund's portfolio and assists borrowers throughout the lending process. Prior to working at CFF, Phoebe served as the Sustainable Programs Director at Community Bank of the Bay in Oakland, California, where she was responsible for making loans to green businesses and environmental nonprofit organizations. Phoebe also has several years' experience as a community organizer focusing on social justice issues such as affordable housing, equity in education and voter participation. Phoebe holds a BA in Russian Studies from Carleton College and an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from the Green MBA program at Dominican University of California.

Rebecca Diaz, Loan Officer

Larry Band, Senior Advisor

Larry Band works as a consultant to non-profit organizations on finance and market-related issues in environmental policy. Previously, Larry worked for 20 years at Lehman Brothers. He spent seventeen years as an investment banker advising corporations on a wide variety of strategic and financing transactions working primarily with companies in the telecommunications, technology and industrial sectors. Larry became a senior member of Lehmanís human capital management team in 2005 where he was the global head of recruiting and responsible for talent management for junior professionals across the firm. Prior to Lehman Brothers, Larry worked as a management consultant for Bain & Co. and as a policy analyst at the American Enterprise Institute. He holds a BS in Biology and a BA in Political Science from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business.