Leadership Team

Our leadership team represents a wide range of experience and talents to support the work of Jubilee Impact Fund.

Board Member
Jerome Garciano

Jerome Garciano is an attorney whose practice focuses on community development financing incentives affecting the built environment. Mr. Garciano provides support for developers, syndicators, investors, nonprofit sponsors, and government agencies in renewable energy and real estate developments using the Historic, New Markets, Renewable Energy, and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. Mr. Garciano has assisted several nonprofit-sponsored real estate transactions financed with New Markets Tax Credit financing, including education, health, and community services facilities. He is a LEED accredited professional and has advised clients on utilizing energy efficiency and renewable energy tax incentives. He also works on tax policy initiatives promoting community development, green energy and real estate finance.

(Executive Director) JPMorgan Chase Community Development Bank - San Francisco, CA.
Cort Gross

Cort Gross brings more than 25 years of community development financing experience in his role at JPMorgan Chase Community Development Bank. He formerly was part of Self-Help Federal Credit Union, where he originated loans for a variety of community development projects. Previously, he founded a consulting firm specializing in community development, U.S. Dept. of HUD FHA financing and community asset building, as well as New Markets Tax Credit and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit financing.

(Director) Positive Social Purpose Lending Program, Wespath Foundation Glenview, IL.
Sylvia Poniecki

Sylvia joined Wespath in September 2011, and is responsible for providing managerial oversight of all aspects of Wespath’s Positive Social Purpose Lending Program. Previously, she worked at the Illinois Housing Development Authority in positions of increasing responsibility, most recently overseeing the state’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit and Illinois Affordable Housing Tax Credit programs. In addition, she has managed a wide range of complex housing projects and programs including: TCAP, Section 1602, HOME Multifamily Rental Programs, Illinois Affordable Housing Trust Fund, taxable first mortgage financing and tax exempt bond financing. Sylvia received a bachelor's degree in Computing and Web Design from DePaul University.

(Founder/Executive Director), Economic Development Center, Akron Leadership Foundation Akron, OH.
Charles L. Roe, Ph.D.

Dr. Roe is the Executive Director and Founder of the Economic Development Center (EDC) subsidiary of the Akron Leadership Foundation. The Akron Leadership Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to the socio-economic, physical, and spiritual well-being of Akron, Ohio. Charles is responsible for the development, implementation, and execution of the Strategic Plan for the EDC, which has a specific focus on Financial Literacy and Education, Workforce Development and Employment, and Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship.

(Chief Program Officer) College for Social Innovation - Boston, MA
Sara Minard

Sara Minard currently serves as the Chief Program Officer for the College for Social Innovation, a not-for-profit organization in Boston, MA, that provides an innovative and unique experiential education opportunity for college students and their home colleges while building a bigger, better, and more diverse talent pipeline for the social sector. In this role Dr. Minard leads the design and delivery of a nationally recognized, multi-disciplinary curriculum to educate and inspire the next generation of problem solvers. Dr. Minard also teaches impact investing part-time at Babson College, where she serves as an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Lewis Institute for Social Innovation.Dr. Minard earned her PhD in Economics with highest honors from Sciences Po, Paris, and has worked as a socio-economist, educator, researcher, and development practitioner for the past twenty years on several continents at the intersection of private sector development, economic policy, social innovation and social enterprise, design thinking and impact investing/social finance. Prior to joining the College for Social Innovation, Dr. Minard was Executive Professor at Northeastern University’s D'Amore-McKim School of Business where she developed and taught award-winning courses on impact investing and social finance, social innovation and global social entrepreneurship, and led experiential field-based programs in India and Appalachia (US) with a focus on gender, food systems and social business. Prior to Northeastern, she taught for five years at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs as a full-time Lecturer-in-Discipline designing and delivering courses on methods for development practice and social entrepreneurship.

(Vice President) Vice President of Corporate Communications Atlanta, GA.
Kim Carter Evans

Kim Carter Evans is the National Director of Corporate Communications. In this role Ms. Evans leads, develops and executes TruFund’s strategic communications and brand management. Ms. Evans acts as the primary point of contact with media outlets; actively engages, cultivates and manages press relationships to ensure quality coverage surrounding TruFund’s programs. Ms. Evans also oversees investor relations, communications technology management to include TruFund website and other communications technology platforms, advertising, social media and public relations. Ms. Evans is a seasoned corporate communications and business development professional having served in positions of increasing responsibility with City of New Orleans Department of Economic Development, State of Louisiana Economic Development, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation – Urban Entrepreneur Partnership, and United States Department of Commerce – Minority Business Development Administration – MBEC. Ms. Evans holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Mass Communications – Public Relations from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) – International Business Communication.<br />

Our Advisory Team

Vickie Lakes-Battle (Executive Director, Chicago Region) IFF – Chicago, IL.
With over 25 years of experience in community development finance and executive leadership within Chicago-area community and CDFI banks, Vickie Lakes-Battle leads with equity in everything she does. Vickie is IFF’s first-ever Executive Director for the Chicago region, overseeing IFF’s full-range of services in the Chicagoland area, including lending, real estate consulting, and community strategies program operations. Vickie Lakes-Battle is known throughout the Chicago region as a no-nonsense change-maker, successfully leveraging her institutional roles to advance the goals of those who work in service to their communities.

Mark Elsdon (Executive Director and Co-Pastor) Pres House – Madison, WI.
Mark Elsdon is the owner of Elsdon Strategic Consulting and the Executive Director and Co-Pastor at Pres House, a faith-based non-profit serving students at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In fourteen years of executive leadership at Pres House Mark led major programmatic, financial, and organizational growth, and transformed a dormant non-profit into a strong, vibrant, multi-million dollar organization. The revitalization of Pres House and development of the Pres House Apartments has been featured more than 30 times in national and local print and television media including CBS Nightly News with Katie Couric and the New York Times. Mark brings business skill, fundraising expertise, organizational leadership, and effective strategy together with focus, commitment, and passion for non-profit mission success. Mark has a BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin School of Business.

Anita Foster (Analyst) Avivar Capital – Los Angeles, CA.
Anita Foster is an Analyst at Avivar Capital. Previously, Anita served as a Development Specialist at The Center for Working Families (TCWFI), an Atlanta nonprofit organization providing skills training, childcare assistance and wrap around services to local residents. Anita managed TCWFI’s fundraising, including individual donor cultivation and solicitation. Previously, Anita served as a Development Consultant to Boys Speak Out in Atlanta and a Development Intern for Students First in Sacramento. Prior to that, she provided research, fundraising, marketing and project support to the United States African Development Foundation in Washington, DC, The Potomac Research Group Holdings in Washington, DC (recently acquired by Hedgeye Risk Management), and the Ghandi Manav Kalyan Society in Rajasthan, India. In 2014, Anita founded Linlex Ventures, an impact investing firm providing research and capacity building assistance to social entrepreneurs in the United States, South Asia and East Africa. In 2016, she was recognized as an Apex Society and Porsche Cars of North America Power 30 Under 30 awardee for professional and community excellence. Anita holds an MA in Sustainable Development: International Policy and Management from the School of International Training Graduate Institute and was selected to participate in the Yale School of Management Global Pre-MBA Leadership Program. She earned her BA in International Studies from Spelman College, where she served as Student Government Association President and a Student Representative on Spelman College’s Board of Trustees.

Carrie Vanderford Sanders (Founder) Hope Community Capital LLC – Madison, WI.
Carrie Vanderford Sanders is the Director for Community Engagement and Impact at Edgewood College and founder of Hope Community Capital LLC which cultivates sustainable, inclusive and thriving communities by connecting community development projects with financing, and investors with opportunities. Carrie was previously the Director of Community & Economic Development at Nehemiah Community Development Corporation in Madison, WI. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s real estate finance needs and economic development strategies, including a new loan fund focused on minority entrepreneurs. Prior to her position at Nehemiah, Carrie was VP-Community Lending at Forward Community Investments, Inc. where she was responsible for originating, qualifying, underwriting, structuring, and processing loan applications from eligible nonprofit borrowers for real estate and community development projects. Carrie has also worked as a senior consultant for Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP where she gained experience with a national base of clients engaged in community development in low income communities.

Joshua Daly (Director of the Southern Region) RI Small Business Development Center Providence, RI.
Josh is the Director of the Southern Region at RI Small Business Development Center. Josh’s passion is helping institutions – universities, businesses, nonprofits – build and use their assets for community benefit and social change. He has a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University New Orleans.