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Our goal is to help business owners ascend to a better life. And while you’ll find us listed individually below, you can be sure that we work together as a team to ensure your success.

Leadership Team

Board Members

Dennis Lagueux, Chair

SVP, Community Development, TD Bank

Thomas McDermott, Vice Chair

Managing Director, Cambridge Wilkinson

Kimberly Johnson, Treasurer

Partner, KPMG LLP (Retired)

Roshelle Nagar, Secretary

Counsel, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP

Daniel Delehanty

CRA Officer, Community Development Director at DIME bank

Colleen Galvin

Senior Vice President, Community Development, Citi

Amy Hellen

Head of Consumer Compliance, CRA, Fair Banking & Data Innovation, TD Bank

Michael Henry

Investor, Advisor, Board Director, C-Suite Executive

Joseph Hernandez

SVP, CRA Officer, TIAA Bank

Sudhir Jain

Managing Director, Citigroup

Laura Miller

President- JPMorgan Merchant Services at JPMorgan Chase

Lisa Servon

Professor and Department Chair, City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania

Cristina Shapiro

President of the Impact Fund for Children and the Bridge Fund, UNICEF USA

Tyler Van Gundy

Senior Vice President, Hunt Companies, Inc.

Jerry Weiss

Head of Credit Risk, MoneyLion

New England Advisory Board

Kevin Fisher, Board Chair

President, Dartmouth Research and Consulting

Alvaro Lima, Vice Chair

Director of Research, Boston Redevelopment Authority

Anita (Penny) Barker Weeks

Vice President – Nonprofit Lending at Boston Private Bank & Trust Company

Raschelle Burton

Chief Communications Officer, Santander Bank

Anne Cerami

Small Business Market Manager, So. New England, TD Bank

Eva Greger Morse

Partner, The Rohatyn Group

Michael Lake

President & CEO, Leading Cities

Edith Moricz

Fundraising & Marketing Consultant

Henrik Totterman

Professor of Practice, Entrepreneurship & Management, Hult International Business School

Florida Advisory Board

Jonathan Bello (Chair of the Board)

Executive Director, Market Manager, Business Banking, JPMorgan Chase

Monique Corker

AVP, External Affairs Market Manager, Comerica Charitable Foundation

Clara Diaz Leal

Executive Vice President, Retail Executive - Miami Dade Market, Bank United

Karla Gottlieb

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Opa-locka Community Development Corporation

Paul Hunt

Faculty, Florida International University

Julio Naranjo

Regional Sales and Service Manager, Amerant Bank, N.A.

Peter Salas

Vice President, SBA Solutions Manager, South Division

Myrna Sonora

Regional Vice President, South Florida, Prospera

Ralph Tejada

Vice President, Business Area Manager, JPMorgan Chase

Leo Toca

Vice President, Senior Community Development Officer, Wells Fargo Foundation

Mihai Vrasmasu

Partner, Shook, Hardy, and Bacon

Microfinance Council

Rachael Deutsch, Co-Chair

Senior Specialist, Business Development Evaluation at Mastercard

Allison Sellers, Co-Chair

Investment Associate, Closed Loop Partners

Akshata Bailkeri

Investment Management -Equity Analyst, Bruderman Asset Management

Brianna Brandon

AVP, Small Business Community Partnerships Manager, Santander

Lara Porter

Vice President, MSET Equities, Morgan Stanley

Stefan Sandoval Yepes

Assistant Vice President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Tanveer Singh

Business Analyst, McKinsey & Company

Richard Yee

Investment Banking Analyst, Evercore

Lauren Yothers

Senior Retention Marketing Specialist, Etsy

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