Senior Management

Wayne Meyer
President
wmeyer<at>njclf.com
Ext. 308/333

Since 2009, Mr. Meyer has served as President of New Jersey Community Capital, a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution. An attorney and CPA, he holds a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Siena College. As President, he provides leadership, establishes strategy, raises funds, and promotes and advocates for policy change on behalf of NJCC, its borrowers, and the residents of its target communities. Under his leadership, NJCC has experienced a period of tremendous growth. Key accomplishments include spearheading a new strategic vision for NJCC, including creating a more comprehensive approach to revitalizing whole neighborhoods; helping shape a new model of community development that leverages the bulk purchase of troubled mortgages and foreclosed properties. As a recognized leader in the community development industry, Mr. Meyer serves on numerous committees, including NeighborWorks America’s Community Stabilization Advisory Committee, the JPMorgan Chase Community Advisory Board, Wells Fargo Community Advisory Board for the Southern New Jersey Market and Vice Chair for the FHLBNY Affordable Housing Advisory Council. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the National Housing Institute, and serves on the Housing Transition Advisory Committee for New Jersey Governor-elect Phil Murphy. In 2013, he was honored by the White House as a “Hurricane Sandy Champion of Change” for the response to crisis programs initiated by New Jersey Community Capital.

Marie Mascherin
Chief Operating Officer
mmascherin<at>njclf.com
Ext. 209

Ms. Mascherin serves as Chief Operating Officer at New Jersey Community Capital (NJCC). Ms. Mascherin joined NJCC as Chief Lending Officer in 2008 after serving on the Board of Directors for nine years. As Chief Lending Officer, she was responsible for managing all of NJCC’s lending strategies and investment programs. Her primary duties included managing production goals, new product development, borrower relationships, budgeting, and portfolio performance. Ms. Mascherin brings decades of commercial banking and real estate mortgage lending experience, including more than ten years at Midlantic National Bank, now PNC Bank. Other prior experience includes positions at GMAC Commercial Mortgage (formerly Berkadia Mortgage), and Quaker Capital, L.P.

Ms. Mascherin is a Lead New Jersey Fellow, the Chair Emeritus and current board member of the American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School and a New Jersey Real Estate Licensed Agent. Ms. Mascherin holds a Master of Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Seton Hall University. She is a graduate of the Achieving Excellence in Community Development fellowship program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Jacki Robinson
Chief Financial Officer
jrobinson<at>njclf.com
Ext. 213

Ms. Robinson joined New Jersey Community Capital as Chief Financial Officer in August 2012. As Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Robinson is a key member of the leadership team, responsible for the financial stewardship of the organization as well as with providing the President with strategic guidance. With more than two decades of experience as a Certified Public Accountant, Ms. Robinson brings to NJCC a very strong financial background.  served for more than six years as CFO and Portfolio Manager at E+Co, a “triple bottom line” non-profit organization located in Bloomfield, New Jersey that provides investment capital and business development services to overseas clean energy entrepreneurs and other developing businesses.

Prior to working at E+Co, Ms. Robinson strengthened her knowledge about issues facing urban communities in New Jersey by serving as Director of Finance for the YMCA of Eastern Union County, where her financial oversight included utilizing Low Income Housing Tax Credits to structure development and construction of a new apartment complex.  Her private sector background includes experience at AT&amp;T, where she held numerous positions including District Manager, and as a Senior Auditor for Ernst &amp; Young.  Ms. Robinson earned her Bachelor of Science from Hampton University.

Mark Munley
Director, Special Projects & Local Governmental Relations
mmunley<at>njclf.com
Ext. 215

Mr. Munley joined New Jersey Community Capital in April 2012. As the Governmental Relations & Special Projects Director, his position has a two-fold function in order to advance the organization’s mission and goals. Mr. Munley represents NJCC and its affiliated corporations before state, county and municipal governmental elected and appointed officials to garner support and/or funding for special real estate development projects, as well as to progress NJCC’s funding and program priorities. In addition, he undertakes special real estate development projects focusing on the pre-development, construction/rehabilitation and sales/rental of residential and commercial ventures assigned by the President and/or Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Munley possesses over 30 years of private and public sector experience in the fields of real estate development and urban planning. He has served on three separate occasions as the Director of the Department of Housing, Economic Development and Commerce for Jersey City. A State of New Jersey licensed Professional Planner, he has also managed his own urban planning firm. Mr. Munley holds an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in City Planning from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Jorge Cruz
Chief External Affairs Officer
jscruz<at>njclf.com
Ext. 412

Mr. Cruz joined the New Jersey Community Capital team as the NJCC’s first ever Chief External Affairs Officer in September 2017.  As a member of the executive team, Mr. Cruz oversees resource development, investor relations, government relations, communications, and impact reporting for NJCC. 

Mr. Cruz brings more than 20 years of experience to NJCC, including an extensive background working with nonprofits, resource development, grant writing, fundraising, neighborhood planning and development, and real estate development. He joined to NJCC from Jewish Renaissance (JR), a Middlesex County-based, multi-purpose nonprofit. His prior work experience also includes serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the Jersey City Episcopal Community Development Corporation (now known as the Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation), President of the Bruno Group, and Aide to the Mayor of the City of Perth Amboy. Jorge is a frequent speaker, coach and trainer on wide range of topics in nonprofit and public sector management.

He serves on several boards and commissions, including the Center for Nonprofits and gubernatorial appointments to the Governor’s Juvenile Justice and Prevention Advisory Council and New Jersey Policy Academy to End Homelessness.  Jorge is a Founding Board Member of the Academy for Urban Leadership (AUL), a Perth Amboy-based charter school.  With an undergraduate degree from The College of New Jersey, Jorge has also completed several fellowships and continuing education in urban planning and nonprofit and public sector management. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognition.

Peter Grof
Deputy to the President
pgrof<at>njclf.com
Ext. 406

Mr. Grof joined New Jersey Community Capital in 2009 and serves as Deputy to the President. As Deputy, he provides essential support to the President by managing relationships with funders and partners; coordinating responses to external requests; and overseeing special projects.

Prior to joining NJCC, Mr. Grof spent time as both a Wachovia Bank/Department of Community Affairs Housing Scholar for the City of Newark and an AmeriCorps VISTA member working for the New Jersey Community Development Corporation. Mr. Grof holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Community Development from Rutgers University.

Diane Sterner
Director of Community Strategies
dsterner<at>njclf.com
Ext. 218

Ms. Sterner serves as Director of Community Strategies at New Jersey Community Capital. Ms. Sterner joined New Jersey Community Capital in August 2013 as Community Strategies Advisor to devise new ways for NJCC to help local communities develop effective revitalization approaches, as well as identify resources to implement them.  The Community Strategies team that she has put in place helps community developers and municipalities in New Jersey pursue both comprehensive community development and local systems change in New Jersey communities, through data-driven community research and assessment, local policy development, and broad based revitalization planning and implementation.

Prior to joining NJCC, Ms. Sterner served for 23 years as founding executive director of the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey. During that time she built one of the strongest associations of community based development organization in the country, enhancing the capacity of such organizations to create housing and economic opportunities and revitalize communities. As a James A. Johnson Fellow in 2006, Ms. Sterner also helped found the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) as a voice for community development practitioners at the national level and as a vehicle for bringing together state and local CDC associations to support the field. Her contributions have greatly strengthened the community development sector in New Jersey and nationally, and helped bring about state-level policy reforms critical to urban and lower-income communities.

Diane has served on the Board of Trustees of a number of organizations, including the National Housing Institute, New Jersey Policy Perspective, NACEDA, and New Jersey Citizen Action, and was a founding board member of the New Jersey Community Loan Fund (now NJCC.) She has a Bachelor's degree in Spanish from Kalamazoo College and an MSW from Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work.

Leah Apgar
Managing Director, Lending
lapgar<at>njclf.com
Ext. 302

Ms. Apgar joined New Jersey Community Capital in 2006 as an intern and has been an Associate, Lending and Lending Team Leader, Housing. She has been responsible for business development, relationship management, and underwriting for more than $200 million financing. Ms. Apgar has been instrumental in designing, capitalizing, and managing specialized funds and projects. In May 2018, Ms. Apgar stepped into the role of Managing Director, Lending.

A Lead New Jersey Fellow, Ms. Apgar was recognized for her contributions to the community development field when she received the ‘Rising Star Award’ from the Edward J. Bloustein School at Rutger’s University. Ms. Apgar has completed the Opportunity Finance Network’s Citi Leadership program for CDFI professionals. Ms. Apgar holds dual bachelor degrees in Political Science/Economics and Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Community and Economic Development from the Bloustein School.

David Bloomberg
Vice President, Portfolio Management & Compliance
dbloomberg<at>njclf.com
Ext. 107

Mr. Bloomberg joined New Jersey Community Capital in May 2009 and assumed the position of Vice President of Portfolio Management & Compliance in January 2011. In his current position, Mr. Bloomberg supports senior management and lending staff in the delivery of financial products and services to NJCC’s client base. His primary responsibility is the development and maintenance of NJCC’s loan policies and procedures. To ensure adherence to these policies and procedures, Mr. Bloomberg also monitors pre-closing lending activities, post-closing quality assurance and exception reporting, and portfolio monitoring and reporting.

Mr. Bloomberg brings to this position over 14 years of experience in the commercial banking sector and 20 years of entrepreneurial experience. His banking experience includes nine years in asset based lending, coupled with five years of commercial loan review and field examination experience. Mr. Bloomberg holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Rider University. He also attended Commercial Lending School at the University of Oklahoma and received certification as an Asset Based Lending Field Examiner.

Jeffrey Crum
Chief Investment Officer
jcrum<at>njclf.com
Ext. 501/331

Mr. Crum serves as Chief Investment Officer at New Jersey Community Capital (NJCC). Mr. Crum joined NJCC in 2011 as CAPC’s Director of Real Estate to oversee real estate development, asset management, construction management, property management and real estate brokerage services. The real estate group’s primary mission involves the acquisition and rehabilitation of abandoned and foreclosed properties to stabilize communities and create quality affordable housing options. CAPC also acts as an equity investor and development partner on larger multi-family and commercial projects that create catalytic change in neighborhoods seeking holistic revitalization. Since Mr. Crum joined NJCC in 2011, the organization has completed and sold or leased nearly 700 affordable housing units totaling more than $100 million of investment in primarily low and moderate-income communities throughout New Jersey and Florida.

Prior to joining NJCC, Mr. Crum worked as Vice President of Real Estate for Build with Purpose, Inc., a nonprofit community facilities builder that develops charter school spaces and supportive housing projects. He also spent three years as the Director of Real Estate for New Jersey Community Development Corporation building multi-family supportive housing and community facilities. In aggregate, Mr. Crum has developed nearly $300 million in community real estate projects that have served thousands low-income individuals and families.

Mr. Crum holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Catholic University of America and a Master of Public Policy from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He is Chair of the City of New Brunswick Planning Board and serves on the Board of Directors for the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless. He co-teaches Nonprofit and Community Development Finance at the Bloustein School. A member of the Lead New Jersey Class of 2008, Mr. Crum was recently selected by NJBiz as a ‘Forty Under 40’ awardee.

President

Wayne Meyer
President
wmeyer<at>njclf.com
Ext. 308/333

Since 2009, Mr. Meyer has served as President of New Jersey Community Capital, a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution. An attorney and CPA, he holds a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Siena College. As President, he provides leadership, establishes strategy, raises funds, and promotes and advocates for policy change on behalf of NJCC, its borrowers, and the residents of its target communities. Under his leadership, NJCC has experienced a period of tremendous growth. Key accomplishments include spearheading a new strategic vision for NJCC, including creating a more comprehensive approach to revitalizing whole neighborhoods; helping shape a new model of community development that leverages the bulk purchase of troubled mortgages and foreclosed properties. As a recognized leader in the community development industry, Mr. Meyer serves on numerous committees, including NeighborWorks America’s Community Stabilization Advisory Committee, the JPMorgan Chase Community Advisory Board, Wells Fargo Community Advisory Board for the Southern New Jersey Market and Vice Chair for the FHLBNY Affordable Housing Advisory Council. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the National Housing Institute, and serves on the Housing Transition Advisory Committee for New Jersey Governor-elect Phil Murphy. In 2013, he was honored by the White House as a “Hurricane Sandy Champion of Change” for the response to crisis programs initiated by New Jersey Community Capital.

Mark Munley
Director, Special Projects & Local Governmental Relations
mmunley<at>njclf.com
Ext. 215

Mr. Munley joined New Jersey Community Capital in April 2012. As the Governmental Relations & Special Projects Director, his position has a two-fold function in order to advance the organization’s mission and goals. Mr. Munley represents NJCC and its affiliated corporations before state, county and municipal governmental elected and appointed officials to garner support and/or funding for special real estate development projects, as well as to progress NJCC’s funding and program priorities. In addition, he undertakes special real estate development projects focusing on the pre-development, construction/rehabilitation and sales/rental of residential and commercial ventures assigned by the President and/or Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Munley possesses over 30 years of private and public sector experience in the fields of real estate development and urban planning. He has served on three separate occasions as the Director of the Department of Housing, Economic Development and Commerce for Jersey City. A State of New Jersey licensed Professional Planner, he has also managed his own urban planning firm. Mr. Munley holds an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in City Planning from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Peter Grof
Deputy to the President
pgrof<at>njclf.com
Ext. 406

Mr. Grof joined New Jersey Community Capital in 2009 and serves as Deputy to the President. As Deputy, he provides essential support to the President by managing relationships with funders and partners; coordinating responses to external requests; and overseeing special projects.

Prior to joining NJCC, Mr. Grof spent time as both a Wachovia Bank/Department of Community Affairs Housing Scholar for the City of Newark and an AmeriCorps VISTA member working for the New Jersey Community Development Corporation. Mr. Grof holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Community Development from Rutgers University.

Kathy Catanzaro
Assistant to the President
kcatanzaro<at>njclf.com
Ext. 311

Ms. Catanzaro joined New Jersey Community Capital on a part-time basis in March of 2013 and became the Executive Assistant to the President in August 2013.  Her primary responsibility is the management of the President’s schedule. Working closely with Senior Staff, she also assists in the preparation of reports, flow of information, event planning and communications.

Ms. Catanzaro brings considerable experience to her position, having served as the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO of a major New Jersey contract packaging company. There, in addition to assisting the President, she was responsible for regulatory compliance.  i.e.  The research, implementation and review of  procedures  to ensure FDA approval. Prior positions include Director of Operations and Office Manager.

Ms. Catanzaro graduated cum laude from William Paterson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. She has an extensive history of community service, including Girl Scouts of America troop leader, Home and School Association Vice President, and Rettig’s Gymnastics Team Parent Organization Treasurer. She has also been a volunteer computer room teacher, library assistant and longtime volunteer to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of New Jersey and other charities which champion this cause.

Community Strategies

Diane Sterner
Director of Community Strategies
dsterner<at>njclf.com
Ext. 218

Ms. Sterner serves as Director of Community Strategies at New Jersey Community Capital. Ms. Sterner joined New Jersey Community Capital in August 2013 as Community Strategies Advisor to devise new ways for NJCC to help local communities develop effective revitalization approaches, as well as identify resources to implement them.  The Community Strategies team that she has put in place helps community developers and municipalities in New Jersey pursue both comprehensive community development and local systems change in New Jersey communities, through data-driven community research and assessment, local policy development, and broad based revitalization planning and implementation.

Prior to joining NJCC, Ms. Sterner served for 23 years as founding executive director of the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey. During that time she built one of the strongest associations of community based development organization in the country, enhancing the capacity of such organizations to create housing and economic opportunities and revitalize communities. As a James A. Johnson Fellow in 2006, Ms. Sterner also helped found the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA) as a voice for community development practitioners at the national level and as a vehicle for bringing together state and local CDC associations to support the field. Her contributions have greatly strengthened the community development sector in New Jersey and nationally, and helped bring about state-level policy reforms critical to urban and lower-income communities.

Diane has served on the Board of Trustees of a number of organizations, including the National Housing Institute, New Jersey Policy Perspective, NACEDA, and New Jersey Citizen Action, and was a founding board member of the New Jersey Community Loan Fund (now NJCC.) She has a Bachelor's degree in Spanish from Kalamazoo College and an MSW from Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work.

Giancarlo DiLonardo
Community Strategies Coordinator
gdilonardo<at>njclf.com
Ext. 219

Mr. DiLonardo joined NJCC as the Community Strategies Coordinator in June 2016. In this position, he oversees and coordinates data-driven community research and analysis, policy and strategy support, and client engagement.  Giancarlo, working at the intersection of NJCC’s initiatives, continues to leverage NJCC’s resources to aid a diverse cross-section of New Jersey communities.

Prior to joining the team at NJCC, Giancarlo interned in Passaic County and Bergen County at their Planning and Economic Development Departments. Most recently, he spent time working in the City of Paterson’s Department of Economic Development on the CDBG-funded Northside Buyback Program.  He received a Master of City and Regional Planning degree and a Master of Public Policy degree from Rutgers’ Bloustein School in May 2016, and has a BA in political science, history, and sociology from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Jason Rowe
Sr. Community Strategies Consultant
jrowe<at>njclf.com

Mr. Rowe joined New Jersey Community Capital in June 2018 as a Senior Community Strategies Consultant. He partners with community organizations and local governments on building capacity, developing and implementing public policies, neighborhood planning, community organizing, and other community-development strategies.

Mr. Rowe is the former director of the Unity Square neighborhood revitalization initiative in New Brunswick, NJ. Under his leadership, Unity Square successfully catalyzed a number of innovative local public policy changes, and was one of the state’s most successful participants in the Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit program. Mr. Rowe has also held prior strategic roles with labor-rights organization New Labor, and the New Jersey region of the Laborers’ Union. He is fluent in Spanish, and has spent much of his career in bilingual environments. He holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and History from New York University.

Jessica Seamon
Policy Specialist - AmeriCorps VISTA
jseamon<at>njclf.com

Ms. Seamon joined New Jersey Community Capital in August 2018 as a Policy Specialist. Ms. Seamon is responsible for NJCC’s policy related research in the Community Strategies Department. Her primary duties include neighborhood data collection and analysis, providing research on best practices, and supporting NJCC’s work with local non-profits. Prior to becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA, Ms. Seamon was recognized for her contributions in community service in 2015 when she was given the “Justice through Service” award by La Salle University.

Ms. Seamon holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with minors in Global Ethics and Psychology from La Salle University and a master’s degree in Public Policy with a concentration in urban transit and sustainability from Drexel University.
 

Elena Sauceda - Peeples
Program Director - East Trenton Collaborative (ETC)
epeeples<a>njclf.com

Ms. Sauceda-Peeples joined New Jersey Community Capital in August 2018 as the East Trenton Collaborative (ETC) Program Director, overseeing the neighborhood revitalization initiative.  Prior to this role, Ms. Sauceda-Peeples had served as Community Organizer for ETC with collaborative partner, UrbanPromise Trenton.  During this time, she led communications efforts and engagement strategies to empower East Trenton residents and increase resident leadership and involvement in revitalizing the neighborhood.

Elena has an extensive background in adult education, community development, and youth engagement.  Prior to her role at UrbanPromise - Trenton, Elena worked at Pathstone Corporation managing Adult Education programs in the Training and Employment Division in Salem, Cumberland, and Atlantic counties.  

Elena holds a bachelor of arts degree in Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University and expects to earn her Master of Arts in Education, Adult Education from Indiana University in May 2019.
 

Lending

Marie Mascherin
Chief Operating Officer
mmascherin<at>njclf.com
Ext. 209

Ms. Mascherin serves as Chief Operating Officer at New Jersey Community Capital (NJCC). Ms. Mascherin joined NJCC as Chief Lending Officer in 2008 after serving on the Board of Directors for nine years. As Chief Lending Officer, she was responsible for managing all of NJCC’s lending strategies and investment programs. Her primary duties included managing production goals, new product development, borrower relationships, budgeting, and portfolio performance. Ms. Mascherin brings decades of commercial banking and real estate mortgage lending experience, including more than ten years at Midlantic National Bank, now PNC Bank. Other prior experience includes positions at GMAC Commercial Mortgage (formerly Berkadia Mortgage), and Quaker Capital, L.P.

Ms. Mascherin is a Lead New Jersey Fellow, the Chair Emeritus and current board member of the American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School and a New Jersey Real Estate Licensed Agent. Ms. Mascherin holds a Master of Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Seton Hall University. She is a graduate of the Achieving Excellence in Community Development fellowship program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Leah Apgar
Managing Director, Lending
lapgar<at>njclf.com
Ext. 302

Ms. Apgar joined New Jersey Community Capital in 2006 as an intern and has been an Associate, Lending and Lending Team Leader, Housing. She has been responsible for business development, relationship management, and underwriting for more than $200 million financing. Ms. Apgar has been instrumental in designing, capitalizing, and managing specialized funds and projects. In May 2018, Ms. Apgar stepped into the role of Managing Director, Lending.

A Lead New Jersey Fellow, Ms. Apgar was recognized for her contributions to the community development field when she received the ‘Rising Star Award’ from the Edward J. Bloustein School at Rutger’s University. Ms. Apgar has completed the Opportunity Finance Network’s Citi Leadership program for CDFI professionals. Ms. Apgar holds dual bachelor degrees in Political Science/Economics and Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Community and Economic Development from the Bloustein School.

Joseph Palazzolo
Lending Team Leader, Education & Early Care
jpalazzolo<at>njclf.com
Ext. 202

Mr. Palazzolo joined New Jersey Community Capital in August 2006 as a Lending Officer and was promoted to Lending Team Leader for Education & Early Care in the fall of 2011. Responsible for NJCC’s lending in the education and early care sectors, Mr. Palazzolo’s primary duties include generating new business development in his target sectors, performing on-going relationship management, underwriting and closing loans, and managing an $8 million grant devoted to credit enhancing charter school transactions.

Mr. Palazzolo brings to this position construction management experienced gained during his tenure at a nonprofit redevelopment agency and an undeniable passion for expanding educational opportunities. In addition to his duties at NJCC, Mr. Palazzolo is an Adjunct Professor at Monmouth University’s Leon Hess Business School and an Online Instructor at Thomas Edison State College’s School of Business and Management. He also serves on the boards of several local and national nonprofit organizations. Mr. Palazzolo holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Rutgers University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Graduate Certificate as a Public Relations Specialist, and a Post-Master's Certificate in Curriculum Studies from Monmouth University.

Daniel Arndt
Lending Team Leader, Economic Development
darndt<at>njclf.com
Ext. 405

Mr. Arndt joined New Jersey Community Capital in August 2008. As Lending Team Leader for Economic Development, Mr. Arndt is responsible for NJCC’s small business and commercial real estate lending activities, as well as the New Markets Tax Credit program. His responsibilities include new business development, structuring loan closings, and managing existing relationships.

In 2014, Mr. Arndt successfully completed Opportunity Finance Network’s Citi Leadership Program. He holds a Master of Arts in Public Affairs and Politics with a focus on Community Economic Development from Rutgers University’s Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and a Master of Arts in Public Administrative Sciences from the University of Konstanz in Germany. Mr. Arndt received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Sciences and Management from the Universities of Konstanz, Germany, and Bordeaux, France.

Laura Wallick
Program Manager, THRIVE South Jersey
lwallick<at>njclf.com

Ms. Wallick joined NJCC in February, 2015 as the Program Manager for THRIVE South Jersey. In this role, Ms. Wallick is responsible for managing relationships with funders, community stakeholders and partner organizations; promoting capacity building and financing resources to businesses, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies; structuring transactions and tracking economic impacts. 

Prior to joining NJCC, Ms. Wallick spent 25+ years at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority where she served as the Director of Finance and Development.  In addition, Ms. Wallick served as the Program Manager of the Camden Economic Recovery Board.  Ms. Wallick earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Finance from Bucks County Community College and numerous certificates from RMA, NDC, CDFA, IEDC and Rutgers University Community Development Institute and Center for Management Development.

David Langlieb
Commercial Lending Underwriter
dlanglieb<at>njclf.com
Ext. 407

Mr. Langlieb joined New Jersey Community Capital in March 2018 as a Commercial Lending Underwriter. Prior to joining NJCC, Mr. Langlieb worked in small business lending and grants administration for nine years at the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC).  He holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Growth and Structure of Cities from Haverford College and a masters in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government. Mr. Langlieb serves on the board of Friends of Cristo Rey High School in Philadelphia.

Ronald Wong
Community Development Lender
rwong<at>njclf.com
Ext. 317

Mr. Wong joined New Jersey Community Capital in April 2018 as a Community Development Lender.  His responsibilities include generating new business development, relationship management, underwriting, and structuring loan closings in his target sectors. 

Mr. Wong brings nearly 18 years of community development experience across multiple states.  He joins NJCC from The Community Builders, Inc., where he was a Development Project Manager.  Mr. Wong holds a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Affordable Housing Professionals of New Jersey and is President of the Board of Trustees of the Highland Park Affordable Housing Corporation.

Finance

Jacki Robinson
Chief Financial Officer
jrobinson<at>njclf.com
Ext. 213

Ms. Robinson joined New Jersey Community Capital as Chief Financial Officer in August 2012. As Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Robinson is a key member of the leadership team, responsible for the financial stewardship of the organization as well as with providing the President with strategic guidance. With more than two decades of experience as a Certified Public Accountant, Ms. Robinson brings to NJCC a very strong financial background.  served for more than six years as CFO and Portfolio Manager at E+Co, a “triple bottom line” non-profit organization located in Bloomfield, New Jersey that provides investment capital and business development services to overseas clean energy entrepreneurs and other developing businesses.

Prior to working at E+Co, Ms. Robinson strengthened her knowledge about issues facing urban communities in New Jersey by serving as Director of Finance for the YMCA of Eastern Union County, where her financial oversight included utilizing Low Income Housing Tax Credits to structure development and construction of a new apartment complex.  Her private sector background includes experience at AT&amp;T, where she held numerous positions including District Manager, and as a Senior Auditor for Ernst &amp; Young.  Ms. Robinson earned her Bachelor of Science from Hampton University.

Norman Melofsky
Controller
nmelofsky<at>njclf.com
Ext. 110

Mr. Melofsky joined New Jersey Community Capital in December 2009 as its Accounting Manager. In this capacity, Mr. Melofsky’s primary responsibilities will be assisting the CFO and the Fiscal & Risk Management Team in implementing the organization’s fiscal plans, ensuring the integrity of financial reports and other data and using financial resources efficiently. Additionally, Mr. Melofsky will provide assistance in the areas of treasury operations, financial controls, regulatory reporting, risk management, capitalization and strategic planning.

Mr. Melofsky has over 35 years of accounting experience, including over 20 years as a corporate controller and has an extensive background both in the private and public sectors. His skills include financial reporting, establishing and implementing internal control procedures, budgeting and forecasting, treasury operations and taxes. Mr. Melofsky holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Queens College of the City University of New York. Additionally, he is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New Jersey and New York.

Yet Malixi
Assistant Controller
mmalixi<at>njclf.com
Ext. 113

Mr. Malixi joined New Jersey Community Capital in October 2013 as Assistant Controller.  His primary responsibilities are to assist the Controller on the timely and accurate monthly closing of corporate financial books and on the preparation of related financial statements and reports.

Prior to joining NJCC, Mr. Malixi served as the Controller of the Center for Reproductive Rights, where he was responsible for the proper recording and reporting of the Center’s financials.  Mr. Malixi also served as the Reporting and Analysis Manager for the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  Mr. Malixi holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the Philippines, and a Masters in Business Management from the Asian Institute of Management.

Juanita Marshall
Accounts Receivable and Financial Reporting Coordinator
jmarshall<at>njclf.com
Ext. 103

Ms. Marshall joined New Jersey Community Capital in September 1998 as an Administrative Support Specialist. Ms. Marshall was previously employed with Wachovia Bank as a teller supervisor and a Customer Service Representative. She also worked for the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs as an Administrative Assistant.

Ms. Marshall is currently working to complete an Associates Degree at Mercer County Community College.

Jane Shoemaker
Human Resources Coordinator/Corporate Governance
jshoemaker<at>njclf.com
Ext. 104

Ms. Shoemaker joined New Jersey Community Capital in April 2000 as an Administrative Assistant, whose responsibilities expanded to include accounts payable. Ms. Shoemaker was promoted to Human Resources Coordinator in 2008 and is responsible for the central coordination of New Jersey Community Capital’s internal resources as well as assisting in developing external partner relationships. 

Ms. Shoemaker is responsible for managing and coordinating the organization’s relations with its Board of Directors.

Priti Shah
Accounts Payable Coordinator
pshah<at>njclf.com
Ext. 112

Ms. Shah joined New Jersey Community Capital in February 2013 as the Accounts Payable Coordinator. Ms. Shah’s primary role is to process and record all cash disbursements of the company. Ms. Shah is responsible to reviews bills and other documents to verify accuracy and to detect any cash control problems. . 

Previously Ms. Shah worked with Bank Of America for 15 years as a Branch Operation Supervisor.

Robert Orr
Director, Human Resources
rorr<at>njclf.com
Ext. 225

Mr. Orr joined New Jersey Community Capital as its Director of Human Resources in November 2016. In this position, he works closely with the management team to ensure that their workforce is fully aligned with the organization’s strategic and operational plans. His focus is on facilitating organizational growth and strength by helping the management team to create environments and processes to help their people to be able to thrive.

Prior to joining NJCC, Mr. Orr served for 25 years in Human Resources at Verisk Analytics, Inc. He managed a team of Human Resources Business Partners supporting a variety of business units and functions. In addition to the general HR support, he was responsible for Talent Acquisition for business units with offices across the country. He had previously been responsible for the organization’s Leadership and Management Development program, which assisted in the transformation of what had been an insurance industry bureaucracy into a market-focused, customer-driven information supplier. Other prior experience includes Director, Training and Development at GRE Insurance Group and Senior Trainer at The Port Authority of NY &NJ.

Mr. Orr holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Seton Hall University and a master’s degree in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. In addition, he is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Master Human Capital Strategist (MHCS) and Talent Acquisition Strategist (TAS).

Michael Nikolovski
IT Manager
mnikolovski<at>njclf.com
Ext. 198

Mr. Nikolovski joined NJCC in 2016 as IT Manager with over 20 years of hands-on experience in IT management, network administration, security, network printers, technology selection, system upgrades, and communications solutions. In this role, he is responsible for supporting the user community with any software and hardware issues including VOIP telephone system.

Mr. Nikolovski received a BA in History from Rutgers University along with IT certifications in A+, Network+, Security+, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist from AVTech Institute of Technology.

Crystal Morgan
Finance Manager
cmorgan<at>njclf.com
Ext. 106

Ms. Morgan joined New Jersey Community Capital in March 2017 as Finance Manager providing finance support to NJCC’s Community Asset Preservation Corporation, and CAPC Property Management LLC. Ms. Morgan's primary focus will be to ensure that the systems, processes and controls are efficient and effective to accurately account for CAPC’s financial activities, as CAPC continues to expand. Ms. Morgan is responsible for proper recording and tracking of CAPC real estate transactions to facilitate accurate and timely accounting and financial reporting.

Ms. Morgan previously worked as a Senior Accountant with U.S. Retirement Partners in Iselin where she supervised accounts payable and accounts receivable for 26 companies/partner firms. She has her BS in Business Management from University of Phoenix, also attending North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro NC studying Accounting. 

Theresa Chartier
Finance Manager NCC/ReStart
tchartier<at>njclf.com
Ext. 210

Ms. Chartier joined New Jersey Community Capital in July 2017 as the Finance Manager of NJCC’s NCC/ReStart Programs. Ms. Chartier primary focus will be to ensure that the systems, processes and controls are efficient and effective to accurately account for NCC/ReStart’s financial activities, as the ReStart program continues to expand. Ms. Chartier is responsible for providing finance support to the NCC/ReStart Teams by ensuring the proper recording and tracking of financial transactions to facilitate accurate and timely accounting and financial reporting.

Previously Ms. Chartier was a Senior Accountant /Accounting Operations Manager with Oriel Stat-A Matrix, a performance improvement training and consulting firm. Ms. Chartier attended William Paterson University and Middlesex County College and is currently enrolled in Thomas Edison State College.

Kimberly Brancato
Finance Administrator, Office Manager
kbrancato<at>njclf.com
Ext. 316

Ms. Brancato joined New Jersey Community Capital in February 2017. Ms. Brancato is providing her organizational and administrative skills to support the Lending and Finance Teams.

Ms. Brancato was previously employed as the Office Manager at Mobile Estates of Southhampton for 10 years. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration on Management and Leadership from Rider University. While attending Rider, she was heavily involved with a community outreach program that focused on providing at-risk youth with personal and vocational development.

Compliance

David Bloomberg
Vice President, Portfolio Management & Compliance
dbloomberg<at>njclf.com
Ext. 107

Mr. Bloomberg joined New Jersey Community Capital in May 2009 and assumed the position of Vice President of Portfolio Management & Compliance in January 2011. In his current position, Mr. Bloomberg supports senior management and lending staff in the delivery of financial products and services to NJCC’s client base. His primary responsibility is the development and maintenance of NJCC’s loan policies and procedures. To ensure adherence to these policies and procedures, Mr. Bloomberg also monitors pre-closing lending activities, post-closing quality assurance and exception reporting, and portfolio monitoring and reporting.

Mr. Bloomberg brings to this position over 14 years of experience in the commercial banking sector and 20 years of entrepreneurial experience. His banking experience includes nine years in asset based lending, coupled with five years of commercial loan review and field examination experience. Mr. Bloomberg holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Rider University. He also attended Commercial Lending School at the University of Oklahoma and received certification as an Asset Based Lending Field Examiner.

Jacqueline Baranowski
Loan Servicing Officer
jbaranowski<at>njclf.com
Ext. 204

After volunteering for New Jersey Community for several years, Ms. Baranowski joined the staff as an Administrative Specialist in August 1998 where she assisted in both the lending and financial divisions of the organization. After assuming the position as Portfolio Coordinator in 2000, Ms. Baranowski used her experience to design a more efficient billing and loan tracking system. As the loan portfolio continued to expand, she oversaw the seamless conversion to a commercially prepared software system.

Now as Loan Servicing Officer, Ms. Baranowski continues to oversee the portfolio system, designs and implement new reports and assists in arranging the fiscal activity between the lending and financial divisions. Previously, Ms. Baranowski was employed by a commercial bank as a teller supervisor and personal banker where she was responsible for branch compliance and customer service. Ms. Baranowski holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from the College of New Jersey.

Lisa Amoroso-Pinto
Loan Servicing Coordinator
lpinto<at>njclf.com
Ext. 208

Ms. Pinto serves as a Loan Servicing Coordinator at New Jersey Community Capital (NJCC), where she assists the lending and finance departments of the organization. Ms. Prior joined NJCC as a Loan Servicing Processor in April, 2014. She brings over 30 years of banking experience, mainly concentrated in the branching systems of large commercial banks and specializing in customer service and all phases of loan servicing.

Ms. Pinto earned an Associate’s Degree in Accounting/ Business from Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY.

Madeline Velazquez
Loan Closing Officer
mvelazquez<at>njclf.com
Ext. 211

Ms. Velazquez joined New Jersey Community Capital in March 2015 as a Loan Closing Officer. She brings to our organization over 20 years of experience as a paralegal with numerous major law firms in NYC. Ms. Velazquez graduated magna cum laude from New Jersey City University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.

Janée Fenter
Compliance Operations Coordinator
jfenter<at>njclf.com
Ext. 231

Ms. Fenter joined New Jersey Community Capital in March 2018 as a Compliance Operations Coordinator. Working closely with the Finance and Lending departments, Janée ensures all compliance operations run smoothly, effectively, and in accordance with current rules and regulations. Her primary duties including compliance reporting and servicing activities of various New Markets portfolios.

Prior to joining NJCC, Ms. Fenter held a management position with a New Jersey-based community bank. Ms. Fenter holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from New Jersey City University.

Tyler Russell
Assistant Loan Closing Officer
trussell<at>njclf.com

Mr. Russell joined New Jersey Community Capital in October 2018 as an Assistant Loan Closing Officer. In this position, Mr. Russell provides support to Lending, Community Asset Preservation Corporation (CAPC), the Address Yourself program as well as other departments within NJCC.  

Prior to joining NJCC, Mr. Russell held a paralegal position with a large New Jersey-based law firm.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Social and Behavioral Science from Seton Hall University and a Paralegal Certificate from the University of Georgia. 
 

External Affairs

Jorge Cruz
Chief External Affairs Officer
jscruz<at>njclf.com
Ext. 412

Mr. Cruz joined the New Jersey Community Capital team as the NJCC’s first ever Chief External Affairs Officer in September 2017.  As a member of the executive team, Mr. Cruz oversees resource development, investor relations, government relations, communications, and impact reporting for NJCC. 

Mr. Cruz brings more than 20 years of experience to NJCC, including an extensive background working with nonprofits, resource development, grant writing, fundraising, neighborhood planning and development, and real estate development. He joined to NJCC from Jewish Renaissance (JR), a Middlesex County-based, multi-purpose nonprofit. His prior work experience also includes serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the Jersey City Episcopal Community Development Corporation (now known as the Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation), President of the Bruno Group, and Aide to the Mayor of the City of Perth Amboy. Jorge is a frequent speaker, coach and trainer on wide range of topics in nonprofit and public sector management.

He serves on several boards and commissions, including the Center for Nonprofits and gubernatorial appointments to the Governor’s Juvenile Justice and Prevention Advisory Council and New Jersey Policy Academy to End Homelessness.  Jorge is a Founding Board Member of the Academy for Urban Leadership (AUL), a Perth Amboy-based charter school.  With an undergraduate degree from The College of New Jersey, Jorge has also completed several fellowships and continuing education in urban planning and nonprofit and public sector management. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognition.

Doris Harris
Investor Relations Manager
dharris<at>njclf.com
Ext. 102

Ms. Harris joined NJCC as an Administrative Assistant in June 1997. Since then, she has held many roles including Senior Administrative Specialist.  Ms. Harris served was promoted to a supervisory level where she trained and supervised incoming administrative staff; as well as AVP Communications Relations and Investor Relations Associate.

 Ms. Harris is presently responsible for managing the workflow and efficiency coordination of the investment process; submissions and tracking of reporting, covenant adherence, other associated compliance, and related activities connected to retention relevant to investors. Ms. Harris also coordinates the investor recruitment process, inclusive of efficient and targeted profiling, loan agreement proposal submissions and investor imbursements.

Ms. Harris earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Architectural Design from the California College of the Arts.

Julia Lynch
Social Impact Manager
jlynch<at>njclf.com
Ext. 413

Ms. Lynch joined NJCC as Social Impact Manager in February 2018. In this role, she is primarily responsible for ensuring NJCC's Social Impact Assessment (SIA) framework functions effectively to track and illustrate the success of programs and services across a broad range of metrics and outcomes.

Ms. Lynch brings with her a decade of experience in community risk reduction and public safety acquired during her tenure with the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services in Maryland. She served as policy and strategy advisor in her role as Chief of Staff with responsibility for management operations, operating and capital budget development, resource allocation, accreditation programs and legislative initiatives; and later for performance metrics, data capture and operational analysis in her role as Planning and Analysis Manager. She recently completed the MPA Public Administration Certification Program at Rutgers University and holds a bachelor degree in Public Relations and Journalism from Syracuse University.

Caroline White
Communications Manager
cwhite<at>njclf.com
Ext. 118

Ms. White joined New Jersey Community Capital as Communications Manager in July 2018. In this role, she is primarily responsible for crafting and overseeing NJCC’s strategic communications strategy and public-facing content.

Prior to joining NJCC, Ms. White served as Communications Manager at Trillium Asset Management, a sustainable and responsible investment management firm in Boston, MA. She project managed the implementation of all integrated communications campaigns distributed across investor client segments. In addition, she was responsible for leading the redesign of the firm’s mutual fund-specific website, setting content and outreach strategy.

Ms. White earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and a MBA from Simmons College, School of Management in Boston, where she chaired the Marketing and Digital Engagement committee for its Net Impact graduate chapter.

 

Rena Sherman
Social Impact Analyst
rsherman<at>njclf.com
Ext. 410

Ms. Sherman joined NJCC as a Social Impact Fellow in January 2018 and was hired as the Social Impact Analyst in June 2018.  In this role, she helps ensure NJCC’s Social Impact Assessment (SIA) framework functions effectively to track and illustrate the success of programs and services across a broad range of metrics and outcomes.

Ms. Sherman holds a master’s degree in Public Policy with a concentration in Management from Rutgers University’s Edward Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.  While at Rutgers, she interned at Jersey City’s Housing Authority and Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation. She was awarded the 2017-2018 Governor’s Executive Award from the Eagleton Institute of Politics and served as a 2017 Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey’s Community Scholar.  Prior to returning to New Jersey, Ms. Sherman served as the Communications Director at Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, an anti-poverty direct social service agency in New York City. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications at the University of Maryland.

Elijah Dixon
Development Specialist
edixon<at>njclf.com
Ext. 150

Mr. Dixon joined New Jersey Community Capital as a Development Specialist in May 2018. In this role, he is primarily responsible for overseeing and coordinating major organizational initiatives and proposals as a key team member of the External Affairs department.

Prior to joining NJCC, Mr. Dixon served as Community Coordinator at Isles Inc., a long time NJCC partner and one of New Jersey’s leading community development corporations based in Trenton. As a member of the Isles’ Community Development team, he was responsible for planning and coordinating strategic community engagement activities. Mr. Dixon contributed to the successful implementation of three neighborhood redevelopment plans, including the East Trenton neighborhood where he once resided. 

Mr. Dixon founded a producer cooperative in Trenton’s burgeoning Creative District. He planned and implemented a multi-phase capital campaign, which led to the acquisition and redevelopment of a mixed use, multi-unit building for co-op members to live and work in. Now known as the Orchid House, the commercial portion of the building functions as a makerspace, social hub, and cafe. He is an active community leader and serves as a member of the Henry J. Austin Health Center Board of Directors.  
 

CAPC

Jeffrey Crum
Chief Investment Officer
jcrum<at>njclf.com
Ext. 501/331

Mr. Crum serves as Chief Investment Officer at New Jersey Community Capital (NJCC). Mr. Crum joined NJCC in 2011 as CAPC’s Director of Real Estate to oversee real estate development, asset management, construction management, property management and real estate brokerage services. The real estate group’s primary mission involves the acquisition and rehabilitation of abandoned and foreclosed properties to stabilize communities and create quality affordable housing options. CAPC also acts as an equity investor and development partner on larger multi-family and commercial projects that create catalytic change in neighborhoods seeking holistic revitalization. Since Mr. Crum joined NJCC in 2011, the organization has completed and sold or leased nearly 700 affordable housing units totaling more than $100 million of investment in primarily low and moderate-income communities throughout New Jersey and Florida.

Prior to joining NJCC, Mr. Crum worked as Vice President of Real Estate for Build with Purpose, Inc., a nonprofit community facilities builder that develops charter school spaces and supportive housing projects. He also spent three years as the Director of Real Estate for New Jersey Community Development Corporation building multi-family supportive housing and community facilities. In aggregate, Mr. Crum has developed nearly $300 million in community real estate projects that have served thousands low-income individuals and families.

Mr. Crum holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Catholic University of America and a Master of Public Policy from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He is Chair of the City of New Brunswick Planning Board and serves on the Board of Directors for the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless. He co-teaches Nonprofit and Community Development Finance at the Bloustein School. A member of the Lead New Jersey Class of 2008, Mr. Crum was recently selected by NJBiz as a ‘Forty Under 40’ awardee.

Chris Giametta
Director of Construction
cgiametta<at>njclf.com
Ext. 334

Mr. Giametta joined CAPC as the Director of Construction Services in January of 2014.  In this position, Mr. Giametta manages the Construction Development process from pre-acquisition to completion as CAPC continues to provide quality affordable homes to the communities it serves.  

Mr. Giametta joins NJCC with over 20 years of Construction and Managerial experience.  He previously worked for six years as Chief Operations Officer at Vision General Construction, where he oversaw the day to day operations, business development, and project oversight for commercial and affordable housing projects.  Prior to that, he worked for 10 years as Director of Administrative Services at Spectrum for Living, a non-profit organization providing services to the Developmentally Disabled population. Mr. Giametta has his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration/Management and volunteers with local charities in his extra time.     

Michael DeBlasio
Director of Property Acquisitions and Operations
mdeblasio<at>njclf.com
Ext. 335

Mr. De Blasio joined Community Asset Preservation Corporation in April of 2015 as its Director of Property Acquisitions and Operations. Mr. De Blasio oversees all off CAPC’s real estate acquisitions ensuring compliance with all funding sources. Mr. De Blasio is responsible for creating budgets and determining the fiscal viability of CAPC’s projects from predevelopment through construction. Prior to joining CAPC, Mr. De Blasio was the Vice President of Real Estate at New Jersey Community Development Corporation where he was responsible for $20 million in community facilities development focusing on affordable and supportive housing, charter school facilities, open space preservation, and neighborhood revitalization.

Mr. De Blasio holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Rutgers University and Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the The College of New Jersey. Being a former educator, Mr. De Blasio Has a passion for education in the context of school centered urban revitalization and is currently a Board Member of the Community Charter School of Paterson.

Dani Rosen
Director of Operations, CAPC
drosen<at>njclf.com
Ext. 332

Ms. Rosen joined CAPC as a Fellow in February 2013 and was hired as CAPC’s Community Outreach & Development Manager in August 2013. In this role, Ms. Rosen manages grant applications, community outreach, and relationships with partner nonprofit organizations.

Ms. Rosen recently completed her Master’s in Urban Planning with a focus in Housing and Economic Development at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service. Before starting graduate school, she worked as a Development Associate through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Ms. Rosen was placed at Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates, a nonprofit organization that trains community volunteers to act as legal advocates for children in foster care. She holds a B.A. in Human Development & Public Policy from Boston College. Ms. Rosen’s areas of interest include affordable housing development and community revitalization.

Colleen Otremsky
Homeownership Manager, CAPC
cotremsky<at>njclf.com
Ext. 212

Ms. Otremsky joined NJCC as Sandy Recovery Fellow in September 2014 and became GFI Program Manager in May 2015. In this role, she oversees the administration of the Gap Funding Initiative (GFI), a $15 million grant program created to assist New Jersey families participating in the State of New Jersey’s Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) Program in rebuilding homes that were damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. She is also responsible for facilitating all aspects of program management from application review and eligibility determination to award disbursement and construction completion.

Previously, Ms. Otremsky was an Education Support Specialist at the New Jersey Department of Children and Families Office of Adolescent Services.  In this role, she oversaw the implementation of federally and state-funded post-secondary education scholarship programs for youth aging-out of foster care or experiencing homelessness.  Additionally, she supported various departmental initiatives focused on improving the outcomes of adolescents and young adults served by the Department.  Ms. Otremsky earned a BS in Public Health from Rutgers University and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. 

Shavonne Simpson
Construction Administrator
ssimpson<at>njclf.com
Ext. 344

National Community Capital

Cara Purcell
Director of Operations - NCC
cpurcell<at>njclf.com
Ext. 408

Ms. Purcell joined New Jersey Community Capital in May 2011. In her current role as Director of Operations for National Community Capital (NCC), she oversees the daily operations of NCC’s foreclosure prevention programs and facilitates coordination between investors, servicers, and housing counseling agencies for the loans under NCC’s management.

Ms. Purcell previously held positions in NJCC’s Lending and Resource Development departments, in which her responsibilities including commercial lending and management of the Camden POWER Program and the Gap Funding Initiative.  Prior to joining NJCC, she worked in the public sector as a land use planner and held a variety of research positions.

Ms. Purcell holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Planning from Temple University.

Chenille Gumbs
Portfolio Analyst
cgumbs<at>njclf.com
Ext. 108

Ms. Gumbs joined New Jersey Community Capital in September 2013 as a fellow during her graduate studies at Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, assisting with reporting for different departments and programs. After graduating in 2014, Ms. Gumbs assumed full-time responsibilities with program grants, the Saint Lofts Condos, and National Community Capital (NCC).  Most recently, Ms. Gumbs has been serving as Portfolio Analyst for NCC, administering its data management system and producing government, partner, and investor reporting.

Allison Wingfield
Mortgage Portfolio & Financial Coordinator
awingfield<at>njclf.com
Ext. 309

Ms. Wingfield joined New Jersey Community Capital as a ReStart Fellow in October 2015 and was hired as the Mortgage Portfolio and Financial Coordinator in May 2017 for National Community Capital (NCC). In this role, Ms. Wingfield manages a portfolio of mortgages in New York as part of NCC’s partnership with SONYMA and assists in the coordination of NCC’s finances.

Ms. Wingfield holds a Master of City and Regional Planning with a concentration in Community Development and Housing from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Policy & Planning and Geography from Virginia Tech. Ms. Wingfield brings with her experience in ArcGIS as well as environmental, local, and regional planning.

Annette Gunn
Portfolio Manager
agunn<at>njclf.com
Ext. 205

Ms. Gunn joined New Jersey Community Capital in July 2017 as a Portfolio Manager for National Community Capital (NCC). In this role, Ms. Gunn manages a portfolio of mortgages in New Jersey and works with housing counseling agencies engaged by NCC to assist borrowers in applying for mortgage modifications.

Ms. Gunn comes to us with 14 years of mortgage servicing experience in South Carolina. When she moved back home to Staten Island she stayed in the mortgage industry and worked in title insurance and property preservation for several years. After the mortgage industry’s landscape changed, she worked on a project for Bank of America and a project for ReNew Jersey Stronger.  Most recently, Ms. Gunn served as Buckley Madole’s PC’s Operation Manager for the law firm’s portfolio in New York.

Ms. Gunn has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southern Wesleyan University in Columbia, SC and is a Notary Public in both New York and New Jersey.

Annie Suero
Financial Coordinator
asuero<at>njclf.com
Ext. 109

Ms. Suero joined New Jersey Community Capital in February 2018 as a Financial Coordinator for National Community Capital (NCC). Her responsibilities include monitoring and recording all of NCC’s financial transactions, managing vendor and contractor relationships, and working with the Finance team to facilitate accurate and timely financial reporting.

Prior to working with NJCC, Ms. Suero worked for a local Community Development Financial Institution in the Consumer Loan Department, where she underwrote loans, analyzed reports, and provided credit counseling. She also worked at Bank of America, where she was responsible for account maintenance, bank compliance, and assisting customers with their financial needs.

Ms. Suero holds a B.A. in psychology from Montclair State University.

Raphael Kasen
Affordable Housing Associate - Address Yourself
rkasen<at>njclf.com

Mr. Kasen joined New Jersey Community Capital as Homeownership Administrator in January 2018, where he is responsible for management and outreach for the Address Yourself affordable homeownership program, including outreach to Limited English Proficiency and ITIN borrowers. 

Prior to joining NJCC, Mr. Kasen work as Community Building Specialist for the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, where he spearheaded local policy and advocacy work, as well as technical assistance and training around problem properties, foreclosure, and neighborhood revitalization issues. He has spoken at state, regional, and national conferences, and been featured as subject matter expert in both the Burlington County Times and the New Jersey Star Ledger. He also serves as a board member for Homefirst Interfaith Housing & Family Services in Plainfield, New Jersey.

Mr. Kasen holds a master's degree in Regional and City Planning from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

Elorm Ocansey
Communications Specialist - Americorps VISTA Program
eocansey<a>njclf.com

Mr. Ocansey joined New Jersey Community Capital in September 2018 as a Communications Specialist. In this role, he is primarily responsible for expanding the communications platform of NJCC’s “Address Yourself” mortgage program and quantifying the impact of the platform’s media campaigns on its customer pipeline.

Prior to joining NJCC, Mr. Ocansey served as a Film Program Intern for the New Jersey Film Festival, an affiliate of the New Jersey Media Arts Center, critically evaluating independent, international, and experimental films.  In addition, he served as director of integrated communications for Believers Temple of Praise, a local church in Somerset, New Jersey. 

Mr. Ocansey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Cinema Studies from Rutgers University, with a specialization in Strategic Public Relations.  
 

Daniel Coghlan
Homeownership Program Associate - Address Yourself
dcoghlan<at>njclf.com
Ext. 310

Mr. Coghlan joined New Jersey Community Capital in December 2016 as a Mortgage Finance Fellow in the Address Yourself program and was hired as a Homeownership Program Associate for the Address Yourself program in August 2018. Mr. Coghlan is now responsible for NJCC’s down payment assistance programs and aspects of the Address Yourself mortgage platform. His primary duties include down payment administration, business development, and managing housing counseling relationships.

Mr. Coghlan began his career in public policy with the Hurricane Sandy relief effort, working in grant management and policy approval in the Department of Community Affairs. In 2016, Mr. Coghlan was selected as a Community Scholar by the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (HCDNNJ).

Mr. Coghlan holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the College of New Jersey and a master’s degree in Public Policy with a concentration in Community and Economic Development from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.