KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

mAURICE JONES
president & ceo, local initiatives support corporation

With deep experience in both the public and private sectors, Maurice Jones took the helm as LISC's fourth president & CEO in September 2016. Immediately prior to joining LISC, he served as the secretary of commerce for the Commonwealth of Virginia, where he managed 13 state agencies focused on the economic needs in his native state. He previously served as deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) overseeing operations for the agency and it's 8,900 staff members. Prior to that he was commissioner of Virginia’s Department of Social Services and deputy chief of staff to former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner. read more >

myrna Rivera
founder & ceo, consultiva internacional

Myrna Rivera, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Consultiva Internacional Inc. (“Consultiva”), is a 30+ year veteran in the field of investment management consulting.

She founded Consultiva in 1999. Consultiva formulates, implements and monitors investment policy and strategy for institutions, state government entities, individuals and families. Consultiva appears in Wealth Management’s roster of Top 10 US Women-owned RIAs. Consultiva is also a signatory to the UN Principles of Responsible Investing and to the UN Global Compact. read more >


INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP AND CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

david cervantes
u.s. department of the treasury

David Cervantes is an Outreach Manager for the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), a program at the U.S. Department of the Treasury that has provided nearly $1.5 billion across all 50 states, D.C. and 5 U.S. Territories to support state credit and venture capital equity investment programs. Before becoming a manager at SSBCI, David was initially brought on to work on program impact analysis, which he continues to direct today.  read more >

RANDY CROXTON
MERIDIAN MANAGEMENT GROUP

Randy Croxton has nearly 35 years of experience in the public and private financing arena, with particular emphasis on small and minority business development. Mr. Croxton is Senior Vice President and co-founder of Meridian Management Group, Inc., which began in 1995.
As a Partner, Mr. Croxton is responsible for initiating, underwriting, structuring, closing, syndicating, and monitoring of investments for MMG Capital Partners.read more >

MICHAEL GILLIGAN
URBAN CATALYST

Michael developed his expertise in helping business leaders drive growth, operating performance and compelling strategic objectives during the early stages of his career. He was cofounder of Bank of Boston’s captive private equity group during the 1980’s, creating a differentiated market strategy targeting family-owned businesses with his partners, deploying $50 million of the bank’s capital in eight portfolio companies.read more >

EFRAIN GONZALEZ
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

Efrain Gonzalez serves as Associate Director for Business Development at the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He oversees the Agency’s business development operations and programs. The Office of Business Development is responsible for creating, developing and implementing innovative solutions to address the challenges faced by minority-owned businesses such as access to capital, access to contracts, access international markets and capacity building. He is one of MBDA’s longstanding leaders and has served in numerous roles at MBDA throughout his 17-year career at the Department of Commerce.

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NATHANIEL HENSHAW
CEI VENTURES

Mr. Henshaw founded CEI Ventures (CVI) in 1994, capitalized its first community development venture fund at $5.5 million in 1996, formed its second fund in 2001 ($20 million) and third fund in 2011 ($10.135 million). In 1993, he co-founded the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance (CDVCA) and serves as its corporate Secretary. CVI has invested over $24 million in 48 companies employing over 2,900 people. read more >

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THOMAS LOY
MetaFund

Tom Loy is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of MetaFund, a triple-bottom-line CDVC and certified CDFI that focuses on equity and near-equity investing, primarily in small businesses and affordable housing. He also serves on the board of directors and as chairman of the audit committee of First Bethany Bank, a community bank in Oklahoma City. read more >

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Kathy Mannes
Jobs for the future

Kathy Mannes is the vice president of Building Economic Opportunity Group at Jobs for the Future. In her role as vice president, Ms. Mannes will lead the organization’s body of work dedicated to increasing opportunities for low-income, low-skilled adults to obtain the education and skills necessary to attain productive jobs and careers. Ms. Mannes also will manage a range of existing national workforce and education initiatives focused on developing richer opportunities for adults in learning, skill development, credentialing, and career advancement, as well as work across the organization on issues related to employer engagement. read more >

RAY MONCRIEF
BOARD CHAIR, CDVCA; KENTUCKY HIGHLANDS INVESTMENT CORPORATION; SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN FUND; MERITUS VENTURE

Ray is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation (KHIC). He is President and CEO of Mountain Ventures, Inc., a Small Business Investment Corporation (SBIC) licensed by the U. S. Small Business Administration and a wholly-owned subsidiary of KHIC. He is also President and CEO and a board member of Southern Appalachian Management Company, LLC, the General Partner of the Southern Appalachian Fund, L.P., a NMVC company. He is also President and a board member of Eclipse Management, LLC, the General Partner of Meritus Ventures, L.P., a RBIC. read more >

ADAMS NAGER
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION FOUNDATION

Adams Nager is an economic policy analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. He researches and writes on innovation economics, manufacturing policy, and the importance of STEM education and high-skilled immigration. Nager holds an M.A. in political economy and public policy and a B.A. in economics, both from Washington University in St. Louis.

NASIR QADREE
VILLAGE CAPITAL

Nasir serves as Village Capital's Economic Opportunity Lead, enabling investors, foundations, and corporations alike to engage with high growth businesses around the world solving pressing challenges in Education, Health, and Financial Services. Most recently, Nasir served as Head of Village Capital's Education practice, responsible for helping cohorts scale their businesses, connect with mentors and advisers, and gain exposure to investors.

ROBERT RAPOZA
RAPOZA ASSOCIATES

Bob Rapoza has more than three decades of experience as a professional lobbyist. He is an expert on the federal budget and appropriations process, with special expertise in federal housing and community development policy. His knowledge and desire to ensure programs for disadvantaged communities and populations are not only sustained, but are able to reach their goals, has fueled his drive and success in securing and increasing funding for his clients’ work—even in a difficult budget environment.

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CHRISTOPHER REIM
THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT VENTURE CAPITAL ALLIANCE

Christopher Reim is the Managing Director of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, and is a Managing General Partner of the Innovate NY Fund, L.P. Mr. Reim brings a blend of private sector and public policy thought leadership to innovation and investment for growth, primarily in economic development and access to capital for low income communities. He focuses on advocacy for public-private partnerships for job creation, economic opportunity, and social impact. Within CDVCA, he leads the management of CDVCA’s $45 million Innovate NY Fund to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship in New York State. read more >

KERWIN TESDELL
THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT VENTURE CAPITAL ALLIANCE

Kerwin Tesdell is president of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, the association of venture capital funds that provide equity financing for businesses that create good jobs, wealth, and entrepreneurial capacity in underinvested areas of the United States and the world. CDVCA serves the industry by providing education and networking opportunities, developing best practices, perfoming industry research, and supporting positive public policy at the federal and state levels. CDVCA also manages $143 million directly in a combination of businessinvestments and investments in funds.  Mr. Tesdell is an adjunct professor at New York University, teaching Social Venture Capital at the Stern School of Business and Community Development Law at the School of Law. read more >

GRADY VANDERHOOFVEN
MERITUS VENTURES; THREE ROOTS CAPITAL

Grady Vanderhoofven has co-founded and invested multiple private equity funds.  Meritus Ventures, which was the first Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) in the United States, focused on companies in rural areas, and Southern Appalachian Fund (SAF), a New Markets Venture Capital Company (NMVCC), focused on companies in low-income areas.  Together, these funds have approximately $50 million under management and have invested in sixteen (16) portfolio companies, which in turn have attracted $193 million of investment from co-investors.  read more >