Welcome To WPFSI

The West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution (WPFSI), a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, was founded to provide economic development leadership and resources to the West Philadelphia Empowerment Zone (EZ). Often referred to as the “Economic Engine” for the community, WPFSI has had significant impact on the development of the neighborhoods comprising the EZ.

From its beginning the organization has committed itself to producing tangible results for the residents and businesses in its market area. WPFSI has fulfilled this commitment through a variety of initiatives. Its signature project, Parkwest Town Center, a 341,000 square foot shopping center, anchored by Lowe’s Home Improvement and Shop Rite Supermarket has had tremendous impact. Co-developed and co-owned by WPFSI, the Center created over 650 jobs, provided construction contracts for local businesses, totally redefined the physical appearance of the neighborhood and allows residents to shop for goods and services in their own community. WPFSI’s financial services (business loan program, loan brokering, home improvement loans) have provided capital to the business community that has enhanced business attraction, retention and expansion while facilitating resident’s ability to maintain their properties. In addition, the organization has provided community services (i.e. financial literacy, youth development, support to community based organizations, etc.) that have enriched the lives of adults, children and families.


Our mission at West Philadelphia Financial Services (WPFSI) is to serve as an economic engine that facilitates empowerment and wealth building through investment in communities.
Our vision is to create urban communities that are vibrant, diverse and flourishing environments where wealth and economic opportunity is accessible.
These are our values: Ideas, Inclusion, Fairness, Transparency, Independent, Perseverance, and Opportunity.

What We Do

Loans For Your Business 90%
Technical Assistance 70%
Consumer Education 85%

Meet Our Team

James Burnett
James BurnettExecutive Director
Jim Burnett has been with WPFSI since May of 2000 where he originally started as the Loan Program Officer. His determination and passion for community building soon led him to the position of Executive Director the following year, where he has been ever since.
Calvin R. Tucker
Calvin R. TuckerLoan Officer
Calvin is a result orientated financial management and economic development consultant with large and small businesses & commercial and mortgage banking experience in business development, credit analysis, management, origination, servicing [domestic and international], due diligence, financing, asset disposition, asset resolution and contracting. Seeking to provide value added services to new business opportunities.
CORA SPRINGER-BOYDExecutive Assistant
Cora is the Executive Assistant for WPFSI. Her background is in both banking and insurance with a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Joseph’s University. Her dedication and belief in this community organization is evident as she has been here since its inception in 1997.
Jabari Jones
Jabari JonesBus. Development Specialist
Jabari Jones is a graduate of Drexel University. He began working with WPFSI in 2013 when he completed a comprehensive survey of over 500 businesses in West Philadelphia. His current responsibility includes managing data allowing WPFSI to better serve its clients and he provides technical assistance/consulting to small businesses. Jabari also serves as the President of the West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative, an organization that provides businesses with connections, resources, and information they need to grow and hire.