- Natalie Fedors: Manager, Strategy & Operations
- Yan Li Jiang: Senior Associate
- Jennifer Kawar: Vice President, Chief Investment Officer
- Deborah Koski: Senior Investment Officer
- Onika Lewis: Manager, New Markets Tax Credit
- Brenda Loya: Senior Investment Officer
- Shawn Luther: Vice President, Chief Credit Officer
- Emily Martin: Associate Director, Investment Underwriting
- Norah McVeigh: Managing Director, Financial Services
- Gilda Moussazadeh: Senior Associate, Loan Administration
- Katherine Murtha: Senior Associate
- Amanda Mwamuka: Senior Associate, Portfolio Management
- Nancy Nichols: Manager, Closing Specialist
- Kathryn Olsen: Vice President, Underwriting
- Nisha Prasad: Janet Thompson Fellow
- Claude Rosen: Associate
- Divya Sashti: Associate, New Markets Tax Credit
- David Streim: Associate Director, Investment Underwriting
- Kristine Teaño: Associate Director, Portfolio Management
Finance & Administration
- Anand Attavane: Controller, Vice President, Finance & Administration
- Andrea Briscoe: Vice President, Human Capital
- Joanne Cheung: Senior Grant Accountant
- Alissa Czasonis: Associate, Operations
- Janet Genser: Coordinator, Knowledge & Impact/Finance & Administration
- Emily Guthman: Vice President, Operations
- Armine Khudinyan: Analyst, Finance & Administration
- Grisaldy Lantigua: Pay for Success Grant and Operations Senior Associate
- Anton Leynov: Associate
- Melanie Ng: Associate, Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable
- Craig Reigel: Chief Financial Officer
- Jeremiah Rosario: Office Assistant
- Margaret Ross-Martin: Pay For Success Finance & Operations Analyst
- Ariana Sainez: Associate, Human Capital
- Elizabeth Woodford: Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis
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Antony Bugg-Levine: CEO
Antony Bugg-Levine is the CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund, a national nonprofit and financial intermediary that unlocks the potential of mission-driven organizations through tailored investment, strategic advice, and accessible insights. In this role, he oversees more than $340million of investment capital and a national consulting practice, and works with a range of philanthropic, private sector and government partners to develop and implement innovative approaches to financing social change. Antony writes and speaks on the evolution of the social sector and the emergence of the global impact investing industry. He is the co-author of Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference
As a Managing Director at the Rockefeller Foundation, Antony designed and led the initiative, Harnessing the Power of Impact Investing. He is the founding board chair of the Global Impact Investing Network and convened the 2007 meeting that coined the phrase “impact investing.”
Previously, Antony was the country director for Kenya and Uganda for TechnoServe, a nongovernmental organization that develops and implements business solutions to rural poverty. Earlier in his career, as a consultant with McKinsey, he advised Fortune 100 clients in the financial services and health care sectors, and helped develop new frameworks for incorporating social dynamics into corporate strategy. He is an associate adjunct professor in the Social Enterprise Program at the Columbia Business School. He is also a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.
Kristine Alvarez: Director
Kristine Alvarez is a Director for NFF’s national consulting practice and is based in Philadelphia. As a lead senior consultant, Kristine serves as a trusted advisor to nonprofit executives and board members aiming to improve financial planning and strategic decision-making practices and plays a leadership role in NFF's national initiatives. Kristine is the lead author and researcher for NFF’s 2015 report, “Overcoming Financial Barriers to Expanding High-Quality Early Care & Education in Southeastern Pennsylvania,” which demystifies the financial, business and systemic barriers to expanding high-quality early childhood education. Previously, Kristine served as a strategic planning and business planning consultant for nonprofit organizations in Washington DC and Communications Director of City Year Greater Philadelphia, a national youth service program under AmeriCorps. She holds a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional Certificate from Fiscal Management Associates.
Alice Richardson Antonelli: Director
Alice Antonelli, Director, joined the Philadelphia Office in 2002, and is responsible for leading consulting services initiatives, which include playing a lead role in delivery and product development; cultivating and managing client relationships; and teaching workshops and seminars. Alice was also a part of the NFF lending team, responsible for business development and underwriting loans. Prior to NFF, she worked at JPMorgan Chase as VP for the Community Development Corporation. She served as a member of the board of Narberth Presbyterian Church, and is serving as a member of the Audit Committee of Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia. Alice has also served as a grant panelist for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and faculty for the NeighborWorks America Training Institute. Alice has an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, a BS from St. Lawrence University, and is a PQAS-certified (Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System) instructor.
Anand Attavane: Controller, Vice President, Finance & Administration
Anand is Controller at Nonprofit Finance Fund, leading a team professionals that include the senior grant accountant, the cash disbursement specialist, and the junior accountant. Anand is responsible for the accounting operations of NFF, including monthly financial statements preparation, reconciliations, closing the books, revenue recognition, implementing process improvements, internal controls, annual audit, federal and state filings, grant compliance and financial reporting for foundations and investors. He is also responsible for reviewing NFF’s NMTC Funds, quarterly and annual financial statements, annual audits, and annual tax returns. Prior to joining NFF, Anand worked at Acumen Fund and The Economist Group. Anand received his Masters in Accounting from Long Island University, New York and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Kimberly Bailey: Pay For Success Program Associate
Kimberly serves as the Pay for Success Program Associate primarily supporting the development and implementation of NFF’s Social Innovation Fund Pay for Success Transaction Structuring Program. She is also regularly engaged in other Pay for Success and outcomes-oriented work, such as the Pay for Success Learning Hub and California Pay for Success Initiative. Previously, she worked as an independent consultant, Senior Analyst at Blue Garnet and Graduate Fellow at NFF. Kimberly holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy and a B.A. in History and International Studies from the University of Washington.
Valerie Bartlett: Outcomes Project
Valerie works part-time on the Outcomes Project within the Knowledge and Communications team at Nonprofit Finance Fund. In this role, she coordinates the knowledge campaign that will involve publication of a book in early 2017 and a series of events to promote dialog about the reorientation of the social sector towards outcomes. Prior to joining NFF, Valerie worked for nearly twenty years in nonprofit healthcare management roles at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Planned Parenthood and the Health Resources and Services Administration with a focus on the intersection of addiction, primary care and behavioral health care services. Valerie has her MPH from George Washington University and her BA from Vassar College.
Tessa Borelli: Senior Associate, Knowledge & Communications
Tessa is a Senior Associate in the Knowledge and Communications department, and contributes to NFF’s communications, marketing and social media. Prior to joining Knowledge and Communications, she provided operational and programmatic support to Advisory Services in the San Francisco and Los Angeles sites. Outside of NFF, Tessa has served as the Associate Director of Admission at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music to recruit young musicians to one of the nation’s premier conservatories. She also worked for the Youth Leadership Institute as a Training Coordinator, Human Resources Liaison and Assistant to the Vice President of Community Based Programs. Tessa holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Mannes College of Music in New York and a Master of Music Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Andrea Briscoe: Vice President, Human Capital
Andrea is the VP of Human Capital at NFF. She is responsible for all Human Capital and resource related functions across the organization. This includes the management, strategy and oversight of staffing, recruiting, employee relations, compensation and benefits, as well as any related statutory compliance. Prior to joining NFF, Andrea founded and managed her own executive coaching and HR consulting firm and has held numerous positions in the human resource management space. She is an Associate Professor in the CUNY system and has taught in various MBA and graduate level programs. She received her BS from Emerson College, a JD from the City University of NY, and holds an MS in Human Resource Management and Organization Development. She is also a certified Executive and Career Coach through both the International Coach Federation and iCoachNY.
Alexandra Chan: Manager
Alex is a manager based in NFF’s San Francisco office. In this role, she leads engagements with a range of nonprofit and foundation clients, delivering customized financial management consulting services, including financial analysis, strategic guidance, trainings and workshops. Alex recently oversaw the Pre-Catalyst Fund, an initiative focused on providing technical assistance to community clinics and health centers adapting to healthcare reform, and is a member of NFF’s team supporting the exploration of Pay for Success in California. Prior to joining NFF, she served as a program manager of health and nutrition education at the Food Bank for New York City. Alex holds an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business, and a BA in American Studies from Williams College.
Annie Chang: Manager
Based in NFF's Los Angeles office, Annie serves as a manager in the Advisory Services practice. She partners with a range of nonprofits and funders to build the financial health of the social sector through delivering customized financial management consulting services. Previously, Annie was a Senior Program Officer at First 5 LA, where she worked with Los Angeles funders and early care and education organizations to develop programs and coalitions to help young children and their families thrive. Prior to First 5 LA, Annie was a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting's Human Capital practice where she supported Fortune 500 and government clients with leading organizational change. She received her BA in political science from UCLA, her Master in Public Policy from USC and previously served as a Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellow with the California Legislature. Annie is inspired daily by her two young children to make their community brighter and more just.
Joanne Cheung: Senior Grant Accountant
Joanne is the Senior Grants Accountant on the finance team at NFF. She is responsible for monitoring grant activity, grant reporting, and monthly accounting functions to help monthly closing and is responsible for treasury functions including monitoring transactions in the online banking system, positive pay checks upload, ACH transfers and wire transfers. Prior to joining NFF, Joanne was working for Safe Horizon and Center for Employment Opportunities managing government and foundation grants and assisting in the preparation of their annual budget.
Kate Crisalli: Business Development Manager
Based in NFF’s New York headquarters, Kate serves as Manager in the Business Development Group of NFF’s Advisory Services business unit. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Business Development Group, which supports NFF’s national consulting team in advancing the strategic growth, impact and sustainability objectives of the Advisory Services business unit. Prior to NFF, she was a senior associate at Thurlow/Associates, a Los Angeles consulting firm specializing in strategic fundraising and organizational development for nonprofits. She has a particular interest in effective public-private partnerships, and has held related positions with the National Park Service, JPMorgan Chase, and CECP. Kate received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, and her graduate degrees from New York University, including an MBA from the Stern School of Business and an MPA from the Wagner School of Public Service.
Alissa Czasonis: Associate, Operations
Alissa is an Associate on the Operations team. In this role she supports the operational health of the organization and takes on a variety of responsibilities ranging from board governance, business processes and systems, compliance and organizational development. Prior to NFF, Alissa gained experience as a proposal and report writer for Opportunity International and as an Operations Manager for a property management company in Chicago. Alissa graduated cum laude with a BS in Business and concentration in International Business from North Park University in Chicago, Illinois and earned her Masters in International Development from the University of Bath in Bath, United Kingdom. Outside of the office, Alissa enjoys travel, air shows, golf and ultimate frisbee and you can catch her most Sunday afternoons enjoying a run in Prospect Park.
Katherine DeMallie: Senior Associate, Knowledge & Communications
Katie is a Senior Associate on the Knowledge & Communications team in New York and contributes to NFF’s communications, marketing, and knowledge-building projects, including support of the annual State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey. Katie previously worked in grant writing and communications at the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation and has a range of experiences with development, policy, and research organizations in the United States and Europe. She received a Dual Degree MPA from the London School of Economics and Sciences Po Paris and a BA from Vassar College.
Beth Doreian: Manager
Beth is a Manager on NFF’s Advisory Services team, based in the Boston office. Beth delivers customized client consultations and workshops, including business model assessments, capitalization planning and financial literacy coaching. With a background in both financial management and lending, Beth has played a leadership role in NFF’s impact investing advising, helping foundations design and implement investment programs that augment their social missions. Prior to NFF, Beth was Director of Finance and Administration at Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development and Controller at Root Capital. At Root Capital, Beth began her tenure during this social investment fund’s start-up phase, and over five years, was intimately involved with scaling the organization’s work and planning for rapid growth. Beth holds an MBA from Simmons College and a BS in Economics and Mathematics from Muhlenberg College.
Alex Epps: Associate
Alex Epps is an Associate in Advisory Services based in NFF’s Boston office. Alex furthers NFF’s mission by providing financial analysis and modeling to nonprofits, as well as cohort analyses and sector studies to inform strategic philanthropy. He began at NFF as a New Sector Fellow, during which he investigated the landscape of early childhood education providers in Philadelphia to aid foundations in better understanding and using financial data to inform strategic grant-making. Prior to joining NFF, Alex worked in impact assessment on the frontier of social banking at Root Capital, a nonprofit agricultural lender working with rural farmers in Latin America and Africa. He has also filmed a grant-funded documentary on the institutionalization of peace culture in Costa Rica. Alex holds a BA in Economics from Brandeis University.
Natalie Fedors: Manager, Strategy & Operations
Natalie Fedors is Manager, Strategy and Operations at Nonprofit Finance Fund. In this role Natalie manages strategic projects, supports investor relations, and promotes the adoption of efficiency-enhancing tools and processes. Prior to joining NFF, Natalie worked for over five years in impact investing with Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF). At SEAF, she led the implementation of a number of strategic initiatives, and managed the organization’s operations and compliance teams. Earlier in her career, Natalie worked in portfolio management at AllianceBernstein and on a trading desk at TransMontaigne. She has interned with OPIC, WomenCraft Tanzania, and Colorado Lending Source. Natalie graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Economics and International Affairs from the University of Colorado. She holds a MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in International Development Finance and is a CFA charterholder.
Angela Francis: Associate Director
Based in Philadelphia, Angela is an Associate Director on the Advisory Services team that guides client work through the design, project management, and delivery processes. Her time is split between client-facing work and Advisory Services operations, including the refinement of our CRM platform, development of initiative management protocols, and the assessment of our client outcomes. Angela works to further disseminate our research and insights by drafting reports and blog posts for the field. Prior to NFF, she was a grantwriter at Isles, Inc., a nonprofit community development corporation engaged in a broad range of neighborhood revitalization activities. A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, she holds degrees in Advertising and Women’s Studies. Outside of NFF, Angela serves as an advisory board member for Public Herald.
Shruti Garg: Senior Associate
Shruti Garg is a Senior Associate in Advisory Services with Nonprofit Finance Fund. Based in Los Angeles, she informs organizational strategies to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofits through tailored, relevant, and actionable analysis. Shruti's efforts are rooted in her ability to navigate uncertainty, create a journey out of chaos, and observe individual needs and organizational demands. Previously, she was Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy’s Membership Engagement Director, where she oversaw national and regional programmatic efforts directed at increasing investments to underserved AAPI communities. She has also consulted for major foundations and nonprofits, as well as worked at the Open Society Foundations, where she focused on immigrant rights, racial justice, and low-wage worker rights portfolios. Shruti graduated from Smith College and received her Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Southern California.
Janet Genser: Coordinator, Knowledge & Impact/Finance & Administration
Janet is a Coordinator for both the Knowledge & Impact and Finance & Administration departments, simultaneously supporting NFF’s knowledge, marketing, impact, human capital, finance, and operations efforts. Prior to NFF, Janet worked in operations at two social mission-driven early stage startups. She is proud to rejoin the nonprofit sector with fond memories of her earlier work as a consultant with the Richmond Community Foundation’s Farm 2 Table program, helping low income members of the community receive fresh produce from local farms. Janet received her bachelor’s degree in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity with a Public Health concentration from Stanford University.
Kristin Giantris: Managing Director, Advisory Services
Kristin Giantris is a Managing Director at Nonprofit Finance Fund and directs NFF’s national Advisory Services practice. She leads the design of innovative funding and financing initiatives, oversees the development and delivery of consulting products and services for NFF’s nonprofit clients and manages business development and relationships with a number of strategic, national partners. Kristin’s professional experience combines over 20 years of economic development and debt financing in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors. Prior to joining NFF, Kristin was a Vice President at Citigroup Global Markets in debt origination. She came to Citigroup after an initial career in the nonprofit sector, where she managed technical assistance programs supporting agriculture and agribusiness development for an international nonprofit organization, Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance. Kristin earned a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a BA in Political Science from Kenyon College.
Lee Goldin: Salesforce Manager
Lee Sanger Goldin serves as NFF's Salesforce Manager in New York. In this role, Lee is responsible for maintaining and supporting NFF's Salesforce CRM platform. In addition to these administrative duties, Lee functions as a project manager for all Salesforce-related development initiatives, supervising the Salesforce development pipeline and coordinating with 3rd party developers and other vendors. Lee also creates and delivers a wide variety of training materials for NFF staffers. Prior to joining NFF in 2014, Lee worked as a Salesforce Administrator and Service Delivery Supervisor in the solar power industry for 3 and a half years. A fervent supporter of the performing arts, Lee spent the first 3 years of his professional career as an arts educator and has written and produced numerous original works. Lee is proud to support NFF's mission of advocating for social good through impact investing.
Emily Guthman: Vice President, Operations
Emily is Vice President of Operations. In this role, Emily provides operational and administrative leadership, ensuring that the systems, processes, reporting, and physical operations of the organization are mission-aligned and performing at the highest levels of excellence. She was previously responsible for NFF’s efforts around strategic initiative development and design. Emily’s professional experience includes 15 years of program design and operations management in the nonprofit and public sectors. Prior to joining NFF, Emily worked at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) where she managed federal funding operations and was responsible for government development efforts. She has also worked as a funder at the Fannie Mae Foundation, as well as in local government with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Emily holds a BA from Emory University, a Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California, and a certificate in leadership from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.
Jihye Gyde: Associate
Jihye Gyde is an Associate in Advisory Services. In this role, Jihye focuses on Advisory Services client delivery and institutional knowledge management. Previously at NFF, Jihye served as a New Sector Fellow, redesigning NFF’s financial analysis engine and streamlining formal knowledge sharing. Jihye’s previous experiences include providing analytical support at the US Attorney’s Office, delivering political education presentations for the German Institute for Political Education in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, and conducting program effectiveness analysis for the Foster Grandparent Program with the Department of Human Services. In the Boston community, Jihye leads on the Grants Executive Team of The Philanthropy Connection, a women’s grantmaking collective, and can be found mediating cases in the Massachusetts District Court system as a volunteer. Jihye holds a BA in Government from Harvard University.
Kathleen Hegyesi: Analyst
Located in the San Francisco office, Kathleen is an Analyst for the Advisory Services team that guides client work through the design, project management, and delivery processes. In her Advisory Services Operations role, she supports NFF consultants by assessing the outcomes of NFF's services and helping to maintain data integrity. In her work with NFF's clients, she currently supports large initiatives focused on improving the financial literacy of cohorts of both cultural and human services organizations. Prior to joining NFF, Kathleen was a fellow at Net Impact, a nonprofit network of young leaders dedicated to sustainable change in the business world. At Net Impact, she worked to support partner programs, including planning global design thinking workshops and developing resources for student leaders internationally. Kathleen holds a BA in Sustainability as well as minors in Political Science and Sociology from Arizona State University.
Dominique Hugg: Associate
As an Advisory Services Associate, Dominique plays a critical role in supporting the operations of NFF’s advisory services, as well as working to provide direct services to clients. In this role, she works to help quantify the outputs and outcomes of NFF’s services. In her work serving NFF’s clients, she currently supports two initiatives that focus on direct financial capacity building for human services providers in New York City. She also plays an integral role in the implementation and facilitation of NFF’s national webinar series. Prior to joining NFF, Dominique worked as the Operations and Planning Coordinator for the Northampton County Department of Human services. In that role she planned for the integration of previously separated funding for the county’s five human services departments. Dominique holds a BA and MA in Political Science from Lehigh University.
Yan Li Jiang: Senior Associate
Yan is a Senior Associate in Financial Services, responsible for underwriting and structuring loans to nonprofit organizations with a variety of financing needs including working capital, facility acquisition, construction, and leasehold improvements. Yan also supports business development by serving as the initial contact for all inquiries and assessing viability of loan requests. Prior to joining NFF in 2013, Yan was a Portfolio Manager at the Fund for the City of New York, and provided financial management support to various nonprofit organizations. Previously, she served as a Senior Loan Consultant at Accion USA, a microfinance organization that provides loans to small businesses in the US. She has also worked in the small business support sector, supporting small businesses in New York City access loans and delivering financial training with the NYC Business Solutions center. Yan earned her BA in Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University.
Casey Johnson: Senior Associate
Casey Johnson is a Senior Associate in Advisory Services based in the San Francisco office. In this role, she supports and leads customized engagements with both funders and nonprofits, including financial analysis, business model assessment and repositioning, and grantmaking/grantee evaluation projects. Casey also regularly presents financial literacy workshops and clinics to nonprofits, their boards, and funders. Prior to joining NFF, Casey gained experience working for both nonprofits as well as banking and consulting firms. Outside of NFF, Casey serves on the board and finance committee of CommunityGrows, a local nonprofit working in low-income, diverse communities to connect children and youth to gardening, healthy eating, environmental education, and workforce readiness skills. She graduated cum laude with a BA in Economics from Tufts University.
Jennifer Kawar: Vice President, Chief Investment Officer
Jennifer Kawar is Vice President and Chief Investment Officer and is based in San Francisco. She leads the business development and loan origination activities for NFF’s Financial Services practice, as well as developing strategies and partnerships to increase the flow of capital to the social sector. Before joining NFF in 2009, Jennifer worked in a variety of roles in the mainstream of financial services, including as a securities analyst, business development officer, credit administrator and portfolio manager for financial institutions including Bank of America, GE Capital and TIAA-CREF. She received an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and dual undergraduate degrees from UC Berkeley.
Brian Kellaway: Senior Associate
Brian is a Senior Associate on Nonprofit Finance Fund’s Advisory Services team. Brian contributes to the mission of NFF through the delivery of financial and organizational analysis and consulting for the nonprofits and philanthropic leaders NFF serves. Prior to joining NFF in 2014, Brian worked as a Program Manager for a workforce development and education program in South Los Angeles where he designed and implemented career and post-secondary transition programming in support of out-of-school youth. He also served as a community health and sustainable infrastructure volunteer for the Peace Corps in Central America. Brian holds a BA in both Political Science and Public Administration from Elon University, and an MA in Public Administration with a Graduate Certification in Nonprofit Management from California State University, Northridge.
Jaclyn Kelly: Associate Director, Impact
Jaclyn is the Associate Director of Impact on the Knowledge & Impact team. She spearheads NFF’s strategies and implementation of impact measurement. Before joining NFF, Jaclyn ran her own consulting firm, J.U.M.P. Evaluation, through which she provided evaluation services and programmatic guidance to nonprofit organizations. She has also held research and evaluation positions at World Health Organization, PENCIL, and Inwood House, and was a Global Social Innovation Fellow at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Jaclyn holds a BS in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon, an EdM in Measurement and Evaluation from Columbia University, and is working on her PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center, focusing on how public-policy decisions affect nonprofits. She sits on the Board of Inner-City Enlightenment, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit, and is an adjunct faculty member at City College of New York (CUNY), where she teaches classes on applying research and research methods.
Claire Knowlton: Director
Claire Knowlton is a Director in Advisory Services, based in the Los Angeles office. Claire oversees NFF’s work in Los Angeles and Southern California with nonprofits, funders and other partners to build the financial health of the region’s social sector. Prior to joining NFF, she was executive director of a community-based art center in Los Angeles for eight years, where she brought the organization from financial distress to a model of excellence in programming and organizational management. Claire also worked as an independent auditor for nonprofit organizations. She is co-founder and board president of The Life You Can Save, a nonprofit committed to ending extreme poverty by directing philanthropic dollars to the most effective solutions.
Deborah Koski: Senior Investment Officer
Debbie Koski is Senior Investment Officer in the Financial Services Division. Debbie is responsible for identifying business opportunities that will generate a quality pipeline of loans for the West Coast. Before joining NFF in 2015, she was Assistant Vice President in Union Bank’s Community Development Finance Group, where she provided debt and equity financing for affordable housing development. Debbie received a B.A. and a Masters in Public Policy from University of California Berkeley, and serves on the Board of Directors of HealthRIGHT 360, a community clinic in San Francisco.
Peter Kramer: Associate Director
Peter is an Associate Director of NFF’s national advisory services practice. In this role, he manages the Boston-based advisory team, leads customized engagements with nonprofits and funders, and advances new business development in the Boston market. As a senior member of NFF’s consulting team, Peter also leads key initiatives such as NFF’s Financial SCAN tool, an online financial health analysis platform developed in partnership with GuideStar, and the Boston-based Catalyst Fund for Nonprofits, a funder collaborative that supports collaborations and mergers. Peter joined NFF in 2009 in the growth capital practice and previously worked for El Pomar Foundation, a private foundation in Colorado. Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Spanish Language & Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is working towards an MBA at Boston University. He currently serves on the Finance Committee of Brooke Charter Schools.
Nima Krodel: Director
Nima is a Director in Chicago. She advises NFF’s clients on growth, capitalization, business model restructuring, strategic financial planning and Social Impact Bonds/Pay For Success efforts. Previously, she managed NFF’s New England and Western Region Financial Services business development and loan underwriting. Prior to joining NFF, Nima worked for Goldman Sachs in the Municipal Finance and Infrastructure Group, where she covered non-profit healthcare and government clients. Nima has served on numerous boards and committees, including co-chair for Northern California Grantmakers Emergency Loan Fund, the career development committee of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, and finance committee member of Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a national health policy nonprofit. Nima received an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a BA in Economics from Northwestern University.
Jessica LaBarbera: Vice President
Jessica serves as Vice President, Strategic Innovation at Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) and in that role primarily focuses on supporting evolutions in the social impact investing space in addition to managing special initiatives and leading strategic consulting work with nonprofit clients. She has also served as NFF’s California Market Director leading program growth and product delivery in California and overseeing initiatives statewide. Previously, she was a Vice President at Citi Community Capital, a division of Citigroup Global Markets Inc., where she provided structured financing and relationship management to national nonprofit and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) clients. Jessica has also served as a consultant to municipal government social service agencies, nonprofit advocacy organizations and direct service providers. She holds an MPA in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a BA in Sociology from the University of Virginia.
Grisaldy Lantigua: Pay for Success Grant and Operations Senior Associate
Grisaldy Lantigua is the Grants and Compliance Senior Associate on NFF’s Operations team. In this role, Grisaldy is responsible for further developing NFF’s compliance and grants management capabilities, including enhancing the infrastructure for effectively managing NFF’s Social Innovation Fund/Pay for Success program. Prior to joining NFF, Grisaldy has over 10 years of experience in risk reporting and management and finance at JPMorgan and Citigroup. Grisaldy is very passionate about the nonprofit sector, regularly volunteers as a Junior Board Member for HEAF (a youth development organization in New York) and as a volunteer consultant with Net Impact. Grisaldy earned her Bachelors degree in Business Management from Stony Brook University.
Martin Lenarz-Geisen: Associate
Martin Lenarz-Geisen is an Associate in Advisory Services based in Nonprofit Finance Fund’s Boston office. Since joining NFF, he has worked on the Pay for Success team implementing a national initiative supported by the Corporation for National & Community Service and works closely with the Senior Consulting team to advance Advisory Services' mission. Prior to joining NFF, he was an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow and helped design a Business Learning through Service program at his alma mater, the University of St. Thomas, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Economics.
Onika Lewis: Manager, New Markets Tax Credit
Onika Lewis is the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Manager at Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF). In this role, she oversees compliance and monitoring of NFF’s $231 million NMTC portfolio of 26 transactions ranging from Boston to Hawaii. Onika has demonstrated a strong commitment to development finance and urban communities not only through her professional career- including work with New Jersey Community Capital and the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions- but also in her current pursuit of a Master’s degree in Urban Affairs at CUNY Hunter College. Onika holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University.
Anton Leynov: Associate
Anton has joined NFF as a Finance & Administration Associate, working closely with the Operations and Accounting teams to facilitate financial analysis and reporting and to provide interdepartmental support. He has a professional background in operations and project coordination, has worked in for-profit and nonprofit environments, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Investments from Baruch College. In his previous role as Operations Manager at HelpMeSee, a New York City-based nonprofit aiming to eliminate cataract blindness, he had worked across departments to build new protocols, oversee projects, and support team growth. Anton has a strong interest in increasing access to sustainable financial support of inner city nonprofit programs, particularly focusing on low income communities and at-risk youth.
Sherr Lo: Manager
Sherr Lo is a Manager within NFF’s Advisory Practice. In this role, she provides financial coaching, training, consulting and thought partnership to nonprofits across the country. Since joining NFF in 2013, she has worked closely with senior leadership of mission-driven organizations to strengthen their adaptive capacity, financial health, and effectiveness. Prior to NFF, Sherr designed and implemented federally funded programs that aimed to expand access to credit for under-banked populations and small businesses based in emerging economies. In addition, she spent over 5 years working in Hong Kong and Shanghai, where she held research and analyst roles in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Sherr received her MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and her B.A. in Religion from Middlebury College.
Brenda Loya: Senior Investment Officer
Brenda is Senior Business Development Investment Officer in the Financial Services Division. Brenda is responsible for driving business growth and building partnerships that will generate a quality pipeline of financial products for the eastern region. Prior to joining NFF in 2014, Brenda was at Citi Community Capital where she originated and structured community development lending and equity solutions. Investments included real estate funds, impact investing funds, as well as structured loan funds. Brenda began her professional career in technology managing client relationships and driving IT strategy projects at BearingPoint and at Dell Latin America. Brenda is committed to educational social justice and has sat on several boards and committees. She currently sits on the board of Masa, a New York nonprofit focused on educational attainment for underserved students of Mexican descent. Brenda has an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a BS in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT.
Shawn Luther: Vice President, Chief Credit Officer
Shawn Luther is Vice President and Chief Credit Officer at NFF, responsible for overseeing credit and risk management functions for NFF’s financing portfolios, and supporting the development of new financial products and strategies. As Director of Asset Management at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), he managed a $150 million loan portfolio and served as a member of LISC’s credit committee, and as Associate General Counsel in LISC’s Legal department, he closed loans and New Markets Tax Credit investments in support of community revitalization efforts. Previously, he counseled underwriters and issuers of tax-exempt housing bonds, as well as parties to asset-based lending transactions. Mr. Luther is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the State of University of New York at Buffalo School of Law.
Sandi Clement McKinley: Vice President
Sandi Clement McKinley is Vice President of Advisory Services and is responsible for leading the delivery team of NFF consultants across the country and ensuring that NFF’s advice and insights are relevant and accessible to foundation and nonprofit clients. Sandi has served in leadership roles for organizations such as the Institute of Contemporary Art, American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Immediately prior to joining NFF she provided strategic and philanthropic advice to major foundations, family offices, corporate foundations and their grantees. Sandi has a passionate interest for nonprofit finance and for helping funders and nonprofits deploy and use capital more effectively. Sandi is faculty member at the Simmons School of Management, active in the nonprofit community, serves on several nonprofit boards and regularly speaks and writes about the role of nonprofit institutions in the community.
Norah McVeigh: Managing Director, Financial Services
Norah is Managing Director, Financial Services and directs NFF’s community investment business which include national lending and New Markets Tax Credit programs. She is responsible for the delivery and oversight of impact investing products from origination to risk management and leads new product and program development, capitalization efforts and national partnerships. She brings over 25 years of community finance and impact investing experience and currently manages assets of $250 million. In addition to her work at NFF, she has also worked at the Housing Development Fund in Stamford, Connecticut, and as a program manager at International Voluntary Services, a provider of technical assistance to rural communities. Norah holds a Master’s in Public and Private Management from The Yale School of Management and a BS from Georgetown University.
Elise Miller: Senior Associate
Elise is a Senior Associate on the Advisory Services team at Nonprofit Finance Fund and is based in the New York office. In this role, she is responsible for financial analysis and business model assessment of social sector organizations through customized consulting engagements. Prior to joining NFF, Elise worked as a Research Analyst at Vera Institute of Justice where she managed data collection and evaluation for national immigration legal service programs. She has also held positions in business development at Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners, with the Jobs & Economic Security portfolio at the Robin Hood Foundation, and with the Social Work unit at Federal Defenders of New York. Elise holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MSW from Columbia School of Social Work, and a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Sonia Montoya: Manager
As a Manager with NFF’s Advisory Services, Sonia provides customized consulting services and workshops to nonprofit and philanthropic clients on a range of topics, including financial health assessment, business model analysis, capitalization planning, and best practices for strategic financial management. Through her work with the Mellon Loan Fund, she also underwrites and monitors loans to arts and culture organizations. Before joining NFF, Sonia worked as a project manager for the International Center for the Arts of the Americas, managing a research program working to recover primary art sources in seven Latin American countries. She has also worked in the microfinance industry, conducting research in India to determine the viability of new microfinance loan products for both rural and urban populations. Sonia holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Literature from the University of Colorado.
Gilda Moussazadeh: Senior Associate, Loan Administration
Gilda is a Senior Associate and oversees all loan administration and servicing aspects of NFF’s diverse loan portfolio throughout the nation. She provides support to the National Financial Services team and regional staff in ongoing relationship and risk management of a portfolio of loans, New Markets Tax Credits and other financial products. Gilda brings a wealth of experience. Prior to NFF she was the servicing manager at a private equity firm with a $600 million portfolio in NY City Real Estate. She holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Hamburg and completed a Management Training program at Commerz Bank, AG.
Katherine Murtha: Senior Associate
Katherine is a Senior Associate, supporting business development activities for Financial Services. She conducts West Coast loan intakes, originates loans and New Markets Tax Credits opportunities, and provides preliminary assessments of prospective borrowers. Before joining NFF in 2015, Katherine was a program analyst at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. During graduate school she interned at NFF and Beneficial State Bank and volunteered at WriterCoach Connection. Previously she served as a researcher in the White House. Katherine holds a Master of Public Policy from UC Berkeley and BAs in Economics and Classics from Bryn Mawr College.
Amanda Mwamuka: Senior Associate, Portfolio Management
Amanda Mwamuka is responsible for overseeing fifty percent of NFF’s national portfolio of Construction, Facility Acquisition, Leasehold improvement, and Working Capital loans spanning a broad range of sectors that include healthcare, education and human services. She conducts regular financial and operational risk analysis of NFF’s clients to mitigate loan losses and also underwrites loan restructures, extensions and refinancing. Prior to joining NFF, Amanda worked for a global microfinance organization that uplifted people living in poverty through microenterprise financing in sixteen developing countries. Following that, Amanda worked closely with entrepreneurs in New Jersey structuring and underwriting business loans under the Small Business Administration Community Advantage 7A and Microloan programs. Amanda earned a BA in Economics from Mount Holyoke College and a MS in Finance from the University of Rochester.
Trishna Nath: Senior Associate
Trishna Nath is a Senior Associate in NFF’s Advisory Services group. Based in New York, she advises both nonprofit and philanthropic clients on a range of strategic financial management areas, including business model assessment, program profitability, capitalization planning and financial literacy. Through her work with NFF’s New York City Community Resilience Fund and the California Wellness Foundation, she has specialized in strategic decision making and business model adaptation for health and human service organizations undergoing significant change. With a background and focused interest in healthcare, Trishna held a range of management and research roles for nonprofit hospitals prior to joining NFF. Internationally, she worked as an independent consultant for FOCOS, a health nonprofit in Ghana, undergoing a strategic planning process focused on finance and operations. Trishna holds a M.S. in Nonprofit Management from Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy and a B.A. in Economics from New York University.
Melanie Ng: Associate, Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable
Melanie is the Associate in the Finance Department. She is responsible for cash disbursement activities including managing payable, bank reconciliations and check processing, as well as other year-end activities. Prior to NFF, she worked for other nonprofit organizations such as Safe Horizon and Center for Employment Opportunities managing government and foundation grants. She has a B.A in Finance from Baruch College.
Nancy Nichols: Manager, Closing Specialist
Nancy is a Manager/Loan Closing Specialist in the Financial Services department at NFF and specializes in the preparation and review of loan documentation and the closing of lending transactions. After spending several years in the Commercial Real Estate Department of a large New York City law firm where she supervised the real estate paralegals, she became interested in nonprofit work when she volunteered to become involved in a pro bono project undertaken by the firm that involved the capturing of the historical record of the conflict in Liberia from Liberian refugees for The Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In addition, she has worked for Loews Cineplex Entertainment Corporation where she was involved with leasing, corporate governance compliance and pre-litigation disputes pertaining to the company’s movie theatres. She has a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from New York University and is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with a degree in Zoology. She enjoys studying exercise physiology and is a certified Personal Trainer.
Kathryn Olsen: Vice President, Underwriting
Kathy is Vice President of Underwriting at Nonprofit Finance Fund, responsible for overseeing NFF’s underwriting activities, including financial and credit analysis and transaction structuring and closing. Prior to joining NFF, she served as the Director of the Educational Facilities Financing Center at Local Initiatives Support Corporation where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Center, originated $100 million in financing, and managed a $45 million loan portfolio. Kathy has worked as a consultant, providing advisory services for CDFIs, charter schools, and foundations in the areas of credit analysis, underwriting, financial structuring, product marketing, and loan closing. She received her BS from Villanova University and MGA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jina Paik: Director
Jina Paik joined NFF in 2008 and is Director of Advisory Services, managing the delivery of strategic financial consulting services to nonprofits and funders across the New York Metropolitan area. Jina leads workshops and engagements across the country and oversees major initiatives, such as the NYC Community Resilience Fund and the NYC Change Capital Fund. Nationally, she heads NFF’s knowledge management for Advisory Services. Jina brings over fifteen years of experience in both the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, including the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Helene Fuld Health Trust and the TCC Group. She serves as board Treasurer for DanceNYC and sits on the Selection Committee for the New York Nonprofit Excellence Awards, which recognizes outstanding management practices among New York’s large and diverse nonprofit community. Jina holds an M.S. from the Milano Graduate School in Urban Policy Analysis and a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University.
Renee Patey: Director
Renee is a Director with the Advisory Services team at Nonprofit Finance Fund. Renee helps to oversee a full range of NFF’s consulting services, leads business development and plays a leadership role in ongoing service enhancement, developing new tools and resources to enhance NFF’s service offerings and client delivery. Renee plays a key role in advancing NFF’s strategy in the California and Pacific Northwest regions, working with a variety of nonprofit and philanthropic partners and a special focus in the areas of strategic business model adaptation and capitalization planning. Prior to joining NFF, Renee served as a program manager with The Sustainability Institute, a state-wide environmental nonprofit organization headquartered in Charleston South Carolina, leading community based projects for environmental stewardship in urban development. Renee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Georgia and a Masters degree in Political Science from Colorado State University.
William Pinakiewicz: Vice President
In his work at NFF, Bill specializes in developing innovative strategic financial management services and initiatives that support expanded capital access and advance financial sustainability in the nonprofit sector. Bill is a senior member of the NFF team that is helping to build the system-wide capacity in the U.S. social sector that is required for outcomes-driven, Pay-for-Success financing approaches, such as the Social Impact Bond. Bill was a featured member of the panel on Pay for Success Readiness at the Pay for Success: Investing in What Works convening that NFF co-hosted with the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in 2011. He speaks and writes extensively on nonprofit finance topics such as: strategies for collaboration in the nonprofit sector, the Pay-for-Success financing model and impact investing. Bill did his undergraduate work at Williams College, holds both M.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Columbia University and brings 20 years of finance and capital markets experience from his career in investment banking and private banking in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Africa to his work in the nonprofit sector.
Craig Reigel: Chief Financial Officer
Craig is Chief Financial Officer. He joined NFF after serving as a project based consultant to the nascent Capital Partners business for over a year. The core of his work is attracting essential patient capital to high potential nonprofits, improving the allocation of capital within the sector. Craig comes to NFF with a long history of solving the dilemmas of growth in diverse environments. He has been a consultant to for-profit industry leaders, both with Bain & Company and independently, advising on a variety of strategic, operational, and organizational issues. In seven years as a principal in Datagraph Systems, Inc. he has taken a small business delivering performance management tools literally from the basement to international success. Twice an alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he has earned both a B.A. in Economics and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Claude Rosen: Associate
Claude is an Associate in the Financial Services department, where he works with the underwriting and portfolio management teams to support NFF’s Tailored Investment practice. Prior to joining NFF in 2015, Claude held operations and finance roles at a variety of nonprofits in New York City. He was the Director of Operations & Finance at The Future Project, an organization in the education space, and co-founded Compost For Brooklyn, a community garden and composting project. Claude received his MBA from Cornell University, with a concentration in Sustainable Global Enterprise and Finance. Additionally, he earned his BFA in Piano Performance from The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music, and remains active performing and recording throughout New York City.
Barbara Rosen: Vice President, Knowledge & Communications
Barbara oversees the creation and implementation of NFF’s external communications strategies with responsibility for such areas as message development, content creation and dissemination, media and public relations, and brand management. Previously, she headed communications for nonprofits including the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and The Conference Board, served as speechwriter to two US Ambassadors to the Court of St. James’s in London, and worked as a journalist for major US publications while based in New York, London, Paris and Brussels. She received her BA in government/international relations from Cornell University.
Margaret Ross-Martin: Pay For Success Finance & Operations Analyst
Margaret Ross-Martin is the Pay for Success Finance & Operations Analyst with NFF’s Operations team. In this capacity, she is responsible for supporting financial compliance, reporting, and operations for a federal grant and the related portfolio of federal sub-grants. Before joining the NFF team, Margaret worked as political consultant for Sabiston Consultants – a government relations and public affairs firm in New Orleans. At Sabiston, Margaret managed local and statewide political campaigns and consulted with a diverse range of corporate, non-profit, and municipal clients committed to rebuilding and protecting the Gulf Coast post-Katrina. Margaret received her B.A. in Politics from Whitman College in 2012.
Ariana Sainez: Associate, Human Capital
Ariana is Associate of Human Capital at Nonprofit Finance Fund. She is responsible for supporting benefits administration, performance management and professional development opportunities as well as managing recruitment, data collection, payroll and staff on-boarding and off-boarding. Previous to NFF, she worked 3 years at a healthcare services start-up based in San Francisco on human resources administration, managing physician credentialing and supporting first time expansion across the United States. Prior to finding her path in the human resources realm she attended The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in San Francisco and obtained an Associate of Arts Degree in Merchandise Product Development.
Divya Sashti: Associate, New Markets Tax Credit
Divya is the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Associate at Nonprofit Finance Fund. In this role she supports program management in all aspects of compliance and reporting of NFF’s NMTC portfolio and is responsibility for loan servicing and borrower reporting. Prior to joining NFF, Divya served as Senior Program Associate for Trufund Financial Services’ NMTC portfolio and also as Contract and Corporate Compliance Coordinator at Seedco. Divya received a B.A. from New York University in Political Science, with a minor in Middle Eastern & Islamic studies.
David Streim: Associate Director, Investment Underwriting
David is an Investment Underwriter in NFF's Financial Services department, responsible for underwriting and structuring loans to finance a variety of client needs, including working capital, equipment, real estate acquisition, construction, and leasehold improvements. In addition to his role in the organization's core lending activities, David is also the lead underwriter for NFF's Pay for Success investing. Before joining NFF in 2014, he was the Portfolio Manager at Opportunity Finance Network, underwriting and monitoring loans to CDFIs around the country to help capitalize their lending programs. David previously worked for the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation and U3 Ventures, is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and serves as Treasurer of the Board of the Mayor's Fund for Philadelphia. He received a BA from Vassar College and a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jennifer Talansky: Managing Director, Knowledge & Impact
Jen is Managing Director, Knowledge & Impact, responsible for NFF’s strategies and activities on thought leadership, marketing, press and social media. As part of NFF’s knowledge sharing mandate, her team conducts NFF’s annual State of the Sector survey, which gathers and shares data on the challenges and financial condition of thousands of nonprofits. Previously, Jen held marketing, branding and sales roles at Credit Suisse Asset Management, Partnerships for Parks, Hearst Magazines Brand Development, and JP Morgan’s Private Client Group. She earned a BA in English Literature from Duke University and an MS in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Kristine Teaño: Associate Director, Portfolio Management
Kristine Teaño is Associate Director of Portfolio Management, responsible for monitoring and maintaining the quality of NFF’s diverse loan portfolio and managing relationships with borrowers throughout the country. Her principal duties include monitoring compliance, overseeing disbursements, managing delinquencies, and underwriting restructures and renewals. Prior to NFF, Kristine was a Senior Underwriter in the Commercial Real Estate Group at JPMorgan, where she originated, structured and closed large loan transactions, and managed a credit portfolio. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College, and as a National Urban Fellow, worked with the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone to support commercial development in that community.
Lisa Thirer: Manager
Lisa is a Manager of Advisory Services based in NFF’s Boston office. In her role, Lisa works to strengthen the financial health and literacy of nonprofit clients through customized one-on-one engagements and workshops. She previously worked in public health, international education and youth development roles in both domestic and international settings. Prior to NFF, Lisa worked in healthcare management in Australia with a focus on the integration of health care services and increasing access to marginalized and disadvantaged population groups. She received her MBA at Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and a BA in Human Development at Binghamton University.
Joshua Twisselman: Analyst
Josh is an analyst in the Business Development Group of NFF’s Advisory Services team. He supports day-to-day operations of the business development function, managing data and developing content to drive strategic initiatives. Before NFF, he completed a Master’s in International Affairs at UC San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) where he focused on economics, finance, and Latin America. Josh has experience working with a variety of international nonprofit development organizations, both as an analyst with Baja Project in El Barril, Mexico and during his Peace Corps service in Madagascar. He holds a BA in Political Science and History from UCLA.