Our Story

Mission

We promote economic justice and alleviate poverty by increasing the financial resilience and sustainability of community-based nonprofits and enterprises. Through flexible financial products and sound advice, we create opportunities to make socially responsible investments that revitalize Northern and Central California communities.

 

Vision

We envision financially strong and culturally vibrant communities where each person has access to decent jobs, homes, health care, education, and economic opportunities. We work in partnership with individuals and organizations who share our vision of sustainable communities and social and economic justice.

History

Founded in 1987, NCCLF was created when local people came together with a desire to invest their money in nonprofits and social enterprises that were improving lives and building equity in low-income Northern and Central California neighborhoods.

Rather than investing in typical for-profit enterprises, our founders had a vision of putting their money to work as a tool building financially strong and culturally vibrant communities where each person has access to decent jobs, homes, health care, education, and economic opportunities.

We have successfully carried out that vision since the 1980s, by connecting investors to communities, and lending and providing financial consulting to organizations who share our vision of sustainable communities and social and economic justice.

Since then we’ve invested more than $254 million to projects throughout Northern and Central California, impacting the lives of over 1.5 million of our neighbors. Our lending and consulting services support organizations that develop affordable housing, provide critical social, medical and youth services to low-income people, create community arts programs, and increase people’s access to healthy foods.

Our People

We understand how to solve both day-to-day operational problems as well as engage in long-term planning with community-based organizations serving low-income people in Northern and Central California. We draw on our expertise in the nonprofit sector to help you improve your programs and services.

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Mary A. Rogier

President

Mary joined NCCLF in October 1998 with extensive management experience in a variety of governmental and nonprofit settings. She has previous experience in nonprofit development, small business, and financial and policy analysis at the state and local government levels. Recently, Mary completed 2 terms on the Opportunity Finance Network’s Board of Directors. Currently she also serves on Comerica Bank’s Community Development Advisory Committee and as a Board member of the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra. Mary holds a B.A. from Brown University and a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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Chief Lending Officer

Ross has over 20 years of experience working in finance and economics. He started at NCCLF in 2006 as a loan officer. Prior to that he spent nine years at Moody’s Investors Service, where he analyzed subsovereign debt mainly in Latin America, and helped expand the firm’s presence there. Ross holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies from UC Santa Cruz and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University (SIPA). While at SIPA, he completed a State Department internship at the U.S. Embassy in Brazil.

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Catherine Howard

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Cat has more than 15 years of experience designing and executing community development programs with a focus on lending and grantmaking. She has worked at both national and regional CDFIs, and has a background in affordable housing and healthy food access. She currently serves on the board of directors of California FarmLink. Cat holds a BA in government from the University of Maryland Honors Program, from which she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and a Masters in City Planning from UC Berkeley. A native of Washington, DC, she is also a third generation Oakland resident, and proud of her bi-coastal heritage.

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Joanne Lee

Director of Consulting Services and Program Development

Joanne has over twenty-five years of experience in non-profit management and services. Prior to joining NCCLF, she served as the Deputy Director of the Chinatown Community Development Center, overseeing finance, administration, human resources, affordable housing development, property and asset management departments. Joanne has a BA in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

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C. Lea Salem

Director of Finance and Administration

Lea has been in her current position with NCCLF since 2006 and has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years. At NCCLF she and her staff of six are responsible for finance, accounting, investor portfolio management, information technology, human resources, facilities, compliance and reporting.

She is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration from San Francisco State University. She received her BA in French from Williams College.

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Daniel Hlad

Director of Development and Communications

Daniel has more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit management, marketing, communications, and mission-driven fundraising. He has worked for grassroots organizations, community-based nonprofits, advocacy organizations, and others. Daniel is also active in his community, volunteering for a number of San Francisco nonprofits that promote health, wellness, and equity. In 2010, he joined the Mid Market Community Advisory Committee, serving a one-year term. Daniel holds a BA in Business and Organizational Communications/Public Relations from the University of Akron.

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Betty Banh

Staff Accountant

Betty is responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable and other accounting functions. Before joining NCCLF in February 2015, I worked at First Place for Youth, a nonprofit organization which is to help foster kids build the skills they need to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood. Prior to First Place for youth, she worked as a bookkeeper/general accountant at Port Seafood, Inc.

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Guy Baldwin

Information Systems Manager

Guy manages NCCLF’s data and supports the processes they flow through: financial transactions, client relations, loan servicing, and impact measurement. He also writes grants, oversees information technology, undertakes operations projects, and helps write, edit, and otherwise form NCCLF’s message. Before joining NCCLF, Guy taught and worked in publishing, social research, management consulting, and nonprofit finance and operations. He has a BA in semiotics from Brown University and an MA in political science from the New School for Social Research.

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Lori Campbell

Financial Management Consultant

Lori has over 30 years of nonprofit financial and management experience, providing expertise in areas of strategic planning, budget and finance, fund development, risk management, and facilities operations. Lori has served on numerous nonprofit boards and currently serves as Treasurer of the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market. Lori graduated Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley and was a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago.

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Kelly Ehrenfeld

Real Estate Consultant

Kelly has more than 5 years of experience in community development and commercial real estate finance. As a Real Estate Consultant, she provides technical assistance and expertise related to real estate development and facility planning projects. She also coordinated the closing and funding of over $25 million in loans and $36 million in NMTCs to affordable housing, community facility, and economic development projects. Kelly received a BS in Biology from the University of San Francisco.

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Kavita Gobburi

Senior Loan Officer

Kavita has a broad range of experience working in financial services, community development, education and nonprofit management. Prior to joining NCCLF in 2011, she worked as a Sr. Financial Analyst at Bank of America in New York. She currently serves on the Board of Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), a community-based nonprofit located in San Francisco’s Mission District that works to improve economic and social conditions for low- and moderate-income residents. Kavita graduated with a degree in Biology from UC San Diego and an MBA from Thunderbird, Graduate School of International Management.

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Grayton Huang

Senior Accountant

Grayton has more than 10 years of nonprofit experience in full cycle of accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, general ledger, government contracts, grants, billing, budgeting and financial statements preparation. He also has 5 years experience in all New Market Tax Credit accounting transactions including accounting system setup. Grayton holds a BA in Accounting from San Francisco State University and a Fire Technology Science Degree from City College of San Francisco.

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Stephaney Kipple

Real Estate Consultant

Stephaney has in-depth knowledge of community development finance and is passionate about creating a positive community impact while providing value to socially responsible developers and investors. Stephaney holds a M.Sc. in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from The New School for Public Engagement with an emphasis in Community Development Finance. She also holds a B.B.A. in Finance and a B.A. in Japanese Language from Eastern Michigan University.

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Toby Lieberman

Senior Manager, Loan Underwriting

Toby has over 20 years of experience in affordable housing development and lending. She has worked for Community Development Finance Institutions with a focus on affordable housing. She has been on the Board of a non-profit housing and services provider and serves on loan committees for another CDFI as well as a public agency. Toby has a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from UCLA, a Law Degree from Golden Gate University and a Bachelors Degree from Oberlin College.

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Eddy Lopez, Jr.

Investor Relations Associate/Executive Assistant

Eddy has over 16 years of experience as an executive assistant, supporting senior management for both Fortune 500 and nonprofit companies. Eddy is a founding member of the Bay Area All Stars Project, Inc., an after school, performance-based enrichment program for inner- city youth, and currently volunteers with their talent show and development school for youth programs.

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Cristian Martinez

Office Manager

Cristian joined the NCCLF in 2006 after leaving the environmental field in Santa Cruz, CA. Cristian holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Sciences with an emphasis in Ethics from Humboldt State University. He minored in Spanish and has a penchant for languages and Latin cultures. In past positions, Cristian has served as Office Coordinator and Executive Assistant which has given him a solid foundation to effectively run a growing office as the Office Manager. He also enjoys working with teams and individuals on projects.

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Janna Mancini

Senior Loan and Compliance Associate

Janna has over 15 years of experience working in the public and private sectors and in nonprofit resource development. She previously worked in the Mayor’s Office of the City of New York and for international human rights advocacy organizations before becoming interested in community development finance. Janna holds an MA in International Affairs from New School University and BA in Political Science from Fordham University in New York, NY.

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Dan McDonald

Deputy Director of Lending

Dan has over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, including debt and equity underwriting, workouts and dispositions, asset management and project management. Prior to joining NCCLF in 2012, Dan specialized in senior housing finance at a regional bank. His community involvement includes board memberships with a nonprofit affordable housing provider and the Red Cross and volunteer work at his children’s schools. Dan holds a B.A. from The Evergreen State College and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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Najla Nemri

Loan Closing Manager

Najla has more than fourteen years experience in loan serving management at CEDLI, a fast growing and evolving lending company with community service mission. She also has worked for City National Bank for ten years as a senior loan processor and department supervisor, and a year at Electronic Data Systems. Najla volunteers for local organizations that provides services for the home-bound and the elderly and she sings in her church choir. Najla has a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics, a teaching diploma and has taken several computer classes in the Computer Science program at San Francisco State University.

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Esperanza Pallana

Program Associate

Esperanza is a strategic leader whose passions are in community driven economic equity, equitable and sustainable food systems and racial justice. She has worked with nonprofits for over 15 years in food systems, environmental health and public health advocacy. Before joining NCCLF, she served as the Director of Oakland Food Policy Council. Esperanza holds a holds a Master of Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.

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Andrea Papanastassiou

Deputy Director of Consulting

Andrea Papanastassiou has over 20 years of experience working in affordable housing and community development. Previously, Andrea was the Director of Real Estate Development for Eden Housing, Inc. and spent ten years in Real Estate Development at MidPen Housing, two of the Bay Area’s most effective and successful affordable housing organizations, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California. Andrea holds a B.A. from Brown University with Honors in Environmental Studies and Urban Studies and a M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA.

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Sabrina Peterson

Development Associate

Before joining NCCLF, Sabrina worked in operations and business development for a professional services firm working to enhance the impact of non-profits, Foundations, Federations, and philanthropists in the Jewish communal sector. Sabrina is passionate about working with local, grassroots social change organizations to grow healthier, more equitable communities. She holds a B.A. in English: Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and is currently completing a M.A. in English Literature at the same institution.

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Alice Rocha

Business Development Loan Officer, Central Valley

Alice Rocha has more than 19 years of experience in nonprofit management, program development and as a capacity building consultant. She worked for community-based nonprofits, foundations, and private corporations. Alice also worked in risk management, both as an independent contractor and as a partner for an Insurance Agency. Alice continues to stay active in her community by volunteering for arts nonprofit organizations and other nonprofits that provide services to children.

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Owen Serra

Real Estate Consulting Analyst

Prior to NCCLF, he worked at BAE Urban Economics where he helped construct economic development and real estate strategies for public agencies throughout California. Owen received a Master of Planning and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. While at USC, he conducted fieldwork focusing on business growth in Havana, Cuba; worked on a redevelopment proposal for San Diego’s City Heights community, and led consulting efforts for Los Angeles area nonprofits. Prior to graduate school, Owen worked with various domestic and international non-profit organizations. Owen holds a B.A. in Political Science from Davidson College.

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Mark Sutton

Policy and Program Analyst

Mark has experience in the environmental markets, having worked with the San Francisco Carbon Collaborative and participating in the launch of the carbon market startup Ecoanalytics. He has also been active in sustainable economic development with Green Economy Think Tank, a non-profit that convenes sustainability leaders to catalyze ideas into action to grow the green economy. Mark holds an M.B.A. in Sustainable Business Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, and a B.A. in Mathematics and Music from Williams College.

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Karen Sullivan

Senior Loan Officer

Karen began working at NCCLF in 2008 as a Consulting Analyst and joined the lending team in 2011. She has over a decade of experience working in the CDFI and charter school industries. Karen has worked with a variety of nonprofits providing technical assistance, financial training, and credit analysis. She holds a MBA from the University of Southern California and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Jessica Townsend

Consulting Program Assistant

Jessica has 3 years of experience providing administrative assistance and process improvement services in a variety of organizations. She has worked for medical facilities, ride-sharing organizations, and tech companies. Jessica is also active in the community, volunteering at a local non-profit assisting with programs for children as well as college students. Jessica holds a BS in Molecular Environmental Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Jack Tse

Real Estate Consultant

A native of Australia, Jack has over 10 years of consulting experience in local area revitalization, real estate and land development. Prior to joining NCCLF, Jack worked in private consulting in Australia, a local government in Canada and most recently, a community-based non-profit in San Francisco. Jack is passionate about urban revitalization, building communities and sports, in particular Australian Rules Football . Jack holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and business from the University of Western Australia and a master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of British Columbia.

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Alice Wang

Loan and Financial Analyst

Alice is responsible for closing and monitoring loans and New Markets Tax Credit projects. She also assists in underwriting projects and analyzing impact data. Before joining NCCLF, Alice has worked for a small business lender, an affordable housing developer and a microfinance institution. She is actively involved in the community, serving on the SF Board of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association and providing pro-bono consulting services to nonprofit organizations. Alice graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master Degree in Public Policy and a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development. She also holds a B.A. in Economics from China.

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David Wilkinson

Real Estate Consultant

A 30-year community development finance veteran, David has broad experience structuring high impact community facility projects utilizing New Markets Tax Credits and other creative sources of capital. He previously worked at Mercy Housing in Sacramento as its community development director and as a private consultant. David lives in Woodland (Yolo County) where he is an active volunteer, historian, author, and co-founding president of the Woodland Tree Foundation. David holds a BS degree in Finance (with distinction) from San Diego State University and a MA in Economics from San Francisco State University.

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Luba Yusim

Marketing and Development Associate

Luba brings experience working with local and international social change organizations in the areas of marketing, communications, program development, and systems development to her work at NCCLF. She holds a M.A. in Public Administration in International Management with specializations in nonprofit management and international development from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Oregon.

Board Members

Patricia GoPaul, Chair


Senior Vice President and Counsel, Impact Community Capital, LLC

Kirke P. Wilson, Chair Emeritus


President (retired), Rosenberg Foundation

Anita Addison, Vice Chair


Chief of Planning and Strategic Advancement

Colby F. Dailey, Secretary


Managing Director, Build Healthy Places

Jim Snyder, Treasurer


Financial Management Professional

Ann F. Cameron, Ass. Secretary


Senior Vice President, Northern Trust Bank

Andy Madeira, At-Large


Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development, Eden Housing

Amy Rassen


Principal, Rassen Consulting

Ilana Schatz


Founding Director, Fair Trade Judaica

Lydia Tan


Staff Member

Bryan Ignozzi


Partner, Price WaterhouseCoopers

Stephen Florance


Managing Director, Robertson Stephens Advisors

Luis Granados


Executive Director, Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)

John Chan


Financial Consultant, California Community Economic Development Association (CCEDA)

Central Valley Advisory Board

Tom Collishaw, Chair


President and CEO, Self Help Enterprises

Mike Dozier


Executive Director, Office of Community & Economic Development, California State University, Fresno

Arthur Dyson


Architect, AIA, IAA

Gabriela Mello


Community Development, Wells Fargo Bank

Salam M. Nalia


Chief Financial Officer, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission

Preston Prince


Executive Director, Fresno Housing Authority

Debbie Raven


Executive Director, Small Valley Business Corporation

Tim Rios


Senior Vice President and Community Development Manager, Wells Fargo Bank

Dennis Woods


President, United Security Bank

Doug Weber


Senior Vice President, Comerica Bank

John Chan


Central Valley Partner

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