Who's Who at NFF

EXECUTIVE OFFICE
Antony Bugg-Levine: CEO
Kristin Giantris: Managing Director, Advisory Services
Kelly Goff: Team Assistant
Norah McVeigh: Managing Director, Financial Services
Craig Reigel: Chief Financial Officer
Jennifer Talansky: Managing Director, Knowledge & Impact

TAILORED INVESTMENTS

Brendan Beier: Director, New Markets Tax Credits
Yan Li Jiang: Associate
Jennifer Kawar: Vice President, Chief Investment Officer
Will Lanier: Analyst
Onika Lewis: Senior Associate, New Markets Tax Credits
Brenda Loya: Senior Business Development Officer 
Norah McVeigh: Managing Director, Financial Services
Gilda Moussazadeh: Senior Associate, Loan Administrator
Amanda Mwamuka: Senior Associate, Portfolio Management
Nancy Nichols: Manager, Closing Specialist
Iris Rodriguez: Coordinator 
David Streim: Manager, Investment Underwriting
Kristine Teaño: Associate Director, Portfolio Management 

STRATEGIC ADVICE

Kristine Alvarez: Associate Director
Alice Richardson Antonelli: Director
Dana Britto: Senior Associate
Rebekah Caton: Analyst
Alexandra Chan: Manager
Jihye Choi: Fellow
Jasson Crockett: Analyst
Beth Doreian: Senior Associate
Alex Epps: Associate

Angela Francis: Associate Director
David Friedkin: Analyst
Kristin Giantris: Managing Director, Advisory Services

Rachel Heitler: Senior Associate
Dominique Hugg: Coordinator
Casey Johnson : Associate
Brian Kellaway: Senior Associate
Peter Kramer : Manager
Nima Krodel: Director
Jessica LaBarbera: Director
Sherr Lo: Senior Associate
Alex McCray: Senior Associate
Sandi Clement McKinley: Vice President
Sonia Montoya: Senior Associate
Trishna Nath: Associate
Jina Paik: Associate Director
Renee Patey: Associate Director
William Pinakiewicz: Vice President
Philip Rosenbloom: Manager

ACCESSIBLE INSIGHTS

Tessa Borelli: Senior AssociateKnowledge & Communications
Alissa Czasonis: Coordinator, Knowledge & Impact/Finance & Administration
Anjali Deshmukh: Director, Knowledge & Communications
Lee Goldin: Salesforce Manager
James Schandall: IT Specialist
Jennifer Talansky: Managing Director, Knowledge & Impact

FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION
Anand Attavane: Controller, Finance & Administration
Andrea Briscoe: Vice President, Human Capital
Joanne Cheung: Senior Grant Accountant
Alissa Czasonis: Coordinator, Knowledge & Impact/Finance & Administration
Emily Guthman: Director of Operations
Hansol Na: Associate, Finance & Administration
Melanie Ng: Associate, Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable
Craig Reigel: Chief Financial Officer
Jeremiah Rosario: Office Assistant
Ariana Sainez: Human Capital Associate
Karen Tang: Manager of Operations

To view staff by location, please click on the relevant NFF office.

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Selected Biographies
Antony Bugg-Levine
(Photo credit: Jai Catalano)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antony Bugg-Levine: CEO
Antony Bugg-Levine is the CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund, a national nonprofit and financial intermediary that unlocks the potential of mission-driven organizations through tailored investment, strategic advice, and accessible insights. In this role, he oversees more than $340million of investment capital and a national consulting practice, and works with a range of philanthropic, private sector and government partners to develop and implement innovative approaches to financing social change. Mr. Bugg-Levine writes and speaks on the evolution of the social sector and the emergence of the global impact investing industry. He is the co-author of Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference (Wiley, 2011). 

As a Managing Director at the Rockefeller Foundation, Mr. Bugg-Levine designed and led the initiative, Harnessing the Power of Impact Investing. He is the founding board chair of the Global Impact Investing Network and convened the 2007 meeting that coined the phrase “impact investing.” 

Previously, Mr. Bugg-Levine was the country director for Kenya and Uganda for TechnoServe, a nongovernmental organization that develops and implements business solutions to rural poverty. Earlier in his career, as a consultant with McKinsey, he advised Fortune 100 clients in the financial services and health care sectors, and helped develop new frameworks for incorporating social dynamics into corporate strategy. He is an associate adjunct professor in the Social Enterprise Program at the Columbia Business School. He is also a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Alice Richardson Antonelli: Director
Alice Antonelli, Director, joined the Philadelphia Office in 2002, and is responsible for leading consulting services initiatives, which include playing a lead role in delivery and product development; cultivating and managing client relationships; and teaching workshops and seminars. Alice was also a part of the NFF lending team, responsible for business development and underwriting loans. Prior to NFF, she worked at JPMorgan Chase as VP for the Community Development Corporation. She served as a member of the board of Narberth Presbyterian Church, and is serving as a member of the Audit Committee of Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia. Alice has also served as a grant panelist for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and faculty for the NeighborWorks America Training Institute. Alice has an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, a BS from St. Lawrence University, and is a PQAS-certified (Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System) instructor.

Tessa Borelli: Senior Associate
Tessa is a Senior Associate in the Knowledge and Communications department, and contributes to NFF’s communications, marketing and social media. Prior to joining Knowledge and Communications, she provided operational and programmatic support to Advisory Services in the San Francisco and Los Angeles sites. Outside of NFF, Tessa has served as the Associate Director of Admission at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music to recruit young musicians to one of the nation’s premier conservatories. She also worked for the Youth Leadership Institute as a Training Coordinator, Human Resources Liaison and Assistant to the Vice President of Community Based Programs. Tessa holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Mannes College of Music in New York and a Master of Music Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 

Dana Britto: Senior Associate
Dana has been with NFF since 2008 and is a core member of the Advisory Services team in New York. As a Senior Associate, Dana delivers customized client consultations and workshops with both funders and nonprofits, including business model assessments, capitalization planning and financial literacy coaching. Dana’s experience as a lender with NFF’s Financial Services provides her with a holistic perspective of nonprofits, which she has employed with contributions to NFF’s Social Currency Blog. Prior to joining NFF, she spent two years working with Homes for the Homeless, one of the largest providers of transitional housing in the country. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Amherst College.

Rebekah Caton: Analyst
Rebekah Caton is an Analyst on the Advisory Services team that guides initiatives through the business development, project management, and delivery processes. She is also responsible for client management, financial analysis of nonprofit organizations, provision of services to clients in partnership with consulting staff, and supporting new business development. Prior to NFF, Rebekah worked as a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) instructor with Peace Corps Madagascar and as the Web and Audio Editor for PennSound, an audio poetry archive based out of the University of Pennsylvania, her alma mater.

Anjali Deshmukh: Director
Anjali is Director of Knowledge & Communications at Nonprofit Finance Fund. She is responsible for writing, editing, graphic design, and project management for NFF's public media, including research reports, articles, blogs, and marketing documents. Previous to NFF, she held a variety of communications-related positions, including working as a writer at LaPlaca Cohen, a marketing firm specializing in services to cultural institutions, and as an Americorps Vista volunteer at the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance. She received her BA from Amherst College and MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is a Fulbright Scholar in Fine Arts and continues to be involved in the arts; her work can be viewed at anjalideshmukh.com.

Beth Doreian: Senior Associate
Beth is a Senior Associate on NFF’s Advisory Services team, based in the Boston office. Beth delivers customized client consultations and workshops, including business model assessments, capitalization planning and financial literacy coaching. With a background in both financial management and lending, Beth has played a leadership role in NFF’s impact investing advising, helping foundations design and implement investment programs that augment their social missions. Prior to NFF, Beth was Director of Finance and Administration at Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development and Controller at Root Capital. At Root Capital, Beth began her tenure during this social investment fund’s start-up phase, and over five years, was intimately involved with scaling the organization’s work and planning for rapid growth. Beth holds an MBA from Simmons College and a BS in Economics and Mathematics from Muhlenberg College.​

Alex Epps: Associate
Alex Epps is an Associate in Advisory Services based in NFF’s Boston office. He previously participated in a one-year fellowship with NFF, during which he provided data analysis capacity for several projects. Alex primarily investigated the landscape of early childhood education providers in Philadelphia to aid foundations in better understanding and using financial data to inform strategic grant-making. Prior to joining NFF, Alex worked in impact assessment on the frontier of social banking for three years at Root Capital, a nonprofit agricultural lender working with rural farmers in Latin America and Africa. Alex has also filmed a grant-funded documentary on the institutionalization of peace culture in Costa Rica. He holds a BA in Economics from Brandeis University.

Angela Francis: Associate Director
Based in Philadelphia, Angela is an Associate Director on the Advisory Services team that guides our work through the project design, project management, and delivery processes.  She oversees initiatives across the country and guides NFF’s national Advisory Services staff on the structuring and implementation of new work, as well as the assessment of our client outcomes.  Angela also handles NFF’s webinar series and works to further disseminate our research and insights by drafting reports and blog posts for the field.  Prior to NFF, she was a grantwriter at Isles, Inc., a nonprofit community development corporation engaged in a broad range of neighborhood revitalization activities.  A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, she holds degrees in Advertising and Women’s Studies. Outside of NFF, Angela serves as President of the board of directors at Spiral Q Puppet Theater and as an advisory board member for Public Herald.

David Friedkin: Analyst
David Friedkin is an Analyst in Advisory Services. In this role, he supports the business development team in advancing strategic initiatives and improving the effectiveness of resource mobilization. David is also on NFF’s Pay for Success team, where he manages PayforSuccess.org and associated social media efforts. He has leant critical coordinating support to NFF’s CEO and the organization’s strategic planning process. Previously, David worked as a consultant for World Learning, an international education and development organization, and as an analyst for a real estate investment firm. He also received the World Partners Fellowship from the American Jewish World Service to spend a year working for an NGO in Mumbai, India. David graduated with a BSBA in Finance and Arabic from Washington University in St. Louis. Above all, David loves to cook, eat, travel, dance, and overlay his California lifestyle on a fast-paced New York City life.

Kristin Giantris: Managing Director 
Kristin Giantris is a Managing Director at Nonprofit Finance Fund and directs NFF’s national Advisory Services practice.  She leads the design of innovative funding and financing initiatives, oversees the development and delivery of consulting products and services for NFF’s nonprofit clients and manages business development and relationships with a number of strategic, national partners.  Kristin’s professional experience combines over 20 years of economic development and debt financing in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors.  Prior to joining NFF, Kristin was a Vice President at Citigroup Global Markets in debt origination.  She came to Citigroup after an initial career in the nonprofit sector, where she managed technical assistance programs supporting agriculture and agribusiness development for an international nonprofit organization, Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance.  Kristin earned a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a BA in Political Science from Kenyon College.

Emily Guthman: Director
Emily is Director of Operations. In this role, Emily provides operational and administrative leadership, ensuring that the systems, processes, reporting, and physical operations of the organization are mission-aligned and performing at the highest levels of excellence. She was previously responsible for NFF’s efforts around strategic initiative development and design. Emily’s professional experience includes 15 years of program design and operations management in the nonprofit and public sectors. Prior to joining NFF, Emily worked at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) where she managed federal funding operations and was responsible for government development efforts. She has also worked as a funder at the Fannie Mae Foundation, as well as in local government with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Emily holds a BA from Emory University, a Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California, and a certificate in leadership from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

Yan Li Jiang: Associate
Yan is an Associate in Financial Services, in this role she supports business development by serving as the initial contact for all inquiries and assessing viability of loan requests. She also supports the underwriting function by identifying and collecting necessary diligence, developing financial analyses of historical and projected results and conducting market/sector research to inform underwriting. Prior to joining NFF, Yan was a Portfolio Manager at the Fund for the City of New York, and provided financial management support to various nonprofit organizations. Previously, she served as a Senior Loan Consultant at Accion USA, a microfinance organization that provides loans to small businesses in the US. She has also worked in the small business support sector, supporting small businesses in New York City access loans and delivering financial training with the NYC Business Solutions center. Yan earned her BA in Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Casey Johnson: Associate
Casey is an Associate on the Western Region Advisory Services Team. In this role, she supports and leads customized engagements with both funders and nonprofits, including financial analysis, business model assessment and repositioning, and grantmaking/grantee evaluation projects. Casey also regularly presents financial literacy workshops and trainings to nonprofits, their boards, and funders. Prior to joining NFF, Casey gained experience working for both nonprofits as well as banking and consulting firms. She graduated cum laude with a BA in Economics from Tufts University.

Jennifer Kawar: Vice President, Chief Investment Officer 
Jennifer Kawar is Vice President, Chief Investment Officer for Nonprofit Finance Fund. Before joining NFF in 2009, Jennifer worked as a consultant to financial services companies and private investors, evaluating acquisitions and sourcing capital. She has more than a decade of experience in Business Development, Underwriting, Portfolio Management and Credit Administration for financial institutions including Bank of America and GE Capital. Jennifer began her career in finance as a Securities Analyst for TIAA-CREF, a nonprofit Fortune 100 financial services organization.

Jennifer is committed to increasing access to capital and financial literacy in underserved sectors and communities. She co-chairs the Emergency Loan Fund Committee for Northern California Grantmakers and serves on the Housing Advisory Committee for the City of Berkeley, California, and on the Development and Audit Committees at Black Pine Circle School.. She received an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and has dual undergraduate degrees in English and Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

Peter Kramer: Manager
Peter is a Manager on the National Advisory Services team. He staffs and manages a number of special projects and initiatives, as well as local advisory services engagements. Most recently, Peter played key roles in developing, testing, and now enhancing and promoting NFF’s new data analysis platforms.  He also manages the Boston-based Catalyst Fund for Nonprofits, a funder collaborative that supports technical assistance for nonprofit collaborations and mergers. Peter spent a year in NFF’s Capital Partners division and previously worked for El Pomar Foundation, a private foundation focused on philanthropy and leadership development in the state of Colorado. Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Spanish Language & Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He currently serves on the Young Advisory Board and Finance Committee of Brooke Charter Schools.

Nima Krodel: Director
Nima is a Director in Chicago. She advises NFF’s clients on growth, capitalization, business model restructuring, strategic financial planning and Social Impact Bonds/Pay For Success efforts. Previously, she managed NFF’s New England and Western Region Financial Services business development and loan underwriting. Prior to joining NFF, Nima worked for Goldman Sachs in the Municipal Finance and Infrastructure Group, where she covered non-profit healthcare and government clients. Nima has served on numerous boards and committees, including co-chair for Northern California Grantmakers Emergency Loan Fund, the career development committee of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, and finance committee member of Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a national health policy nonprofit. Nima received an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a BA in Economics from Northwestern University.

Jessica LaBarbera: Director
Jessica serves as Director, Strategic Innovation at Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) and in that role primarily focuses on supporting evolutions in the social impact investing space in addition to managing special initiatives and leading strategic consulting work with nonprofit clients. She has also served as NFF’s California Market Director leading program growth and product delivery in California and overseeing initiatives statewide.  Previously, she was a Vice President at Citi Community Capital, a division of Citigroup Global Markets Inc., where she provided structured financing and relationship management to national nonprofit and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) clients. Jessica has also served as a consultant to municipal government social service agencies, nonprofit advocacy organizations and direct service providers. She holds an MPA in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a BA in Sociology from the University of Virginia.

Sandi Clement McKinley: Vice President
Sandi Clement McKinley is Vice President of Advisory Services and is responsible for leading the delivery team of NFF consultants across the country and ensuring that NFF’s advice and insights are relevant and accessible to foundation and nonprofit clients. Sandi has served in leadership roles for organizations such as the Institute of Contemporary Art, American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Immediately prior to joining NFF she provided strategic and philanthropic advice to major foundations, family offices, corporate foundations and their grantees. Sandi has a passionate interest for nonprofit finance and for helping funders and nonprofits deploy and use capital more effectively. Sandi is faculty member at the Simmons School of Management, active in the nonprofit community, serves on several nonprofit boards and regularly speaks and writes about the role of nonprofit institutions in the community.

Norah McVeigh: Managing Director, Financial Services
Norah is Managing Director, Financial Services. In this role she is responsible for NFF’s investing products which include on and off balance sheet lending, New Market Tax Credits, credit enhancement and asset-building products. She manages staff that oversee financing from origination to portfolio management.  Her portfolio includes a $60 million loan portfolio, and a $231 million NMTC portfolio, among others. She is also responsible for the capitalization, raising investment capital and managing investor relations. Working across the organization she helps develop and operationalize new impact investing products and key partnerships.  Before joining NFF in 1993, she worked at the Housing Development Fund in Stamford, Connecticut. Previously, she worked for International Voluntary Services, where, among other positions, she administered a program in Ecuador that provided assistance to rural communities. Norah holds a Masters in Public and Private Management from The Yale School of Management and a BS from Georgetown University.

Nancy Nichols: Manager, Closing Specialist 
Nancy is a Manager, Loan Closing Specialist in the Financial Services department at NFF and specializes in the preparation and review of loan documentation and the closing of lending transactions.  Nancy spent several years in the Commercial Real Estate Department of Fried, Frank where she supervised the real estate paralegals in complex commercial transactions. She became interested in nonprofit work when she volunteered to become involved in a pro bono project undertaken by the firm that involved the capturing of the historical record of the conflict in Liberia from Liberian refugees for The Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In addition, Nancy worked as a paralegal for Loews Cineplex Entertainment Corporation, the owner of Loews Movie Theatres. She has a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from New York University and is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with a degree in Zoology. She enjoys studying human anatomy and physiology and is a certified Personal Trainer, presently studying athletic training. 

Jina Paik: Associate Director
Jina Paik joined Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) in 2008. As Associate Director of Advisory Services, Jina oversees NFF’s Metropolitan New York region in the delivery of strategic financial advisory services and manages business development, funder initiatives, and relationship building across the market. As a senior consultant, Jina leads advisory engagements that help nonprofits with business plans, management tools, needs assessments and financial management coaching. Jina brings over fifteen years experience in both the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, including the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Helene Fuld Health Trust. In addition to her work at NFF, Jina is a Finance Committee member of DanceNYC, which serves New York City’s dance community through advocacy, research and convenings. Jina holds an M.S. from the Milano Graduate School in Urban Policy Analysis where she was awarded the Kaplan Leadership Award for Excellence, and a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University.

William Pinakiewicz: Vice President
In his work at NFF, Bill specializes in developing innovative strategic financial management services and initiatives that support expanded capital access and advance financial sustainability in the nonprofit sector. Bill is a senior member of the NFF team that is helping to build the system-wide capacity in the U.S. social sector that is required for outcomes-driven, Pay-for-Success financing approaches, such as the Social Impact Bond. Bill was a featured member of the panel on Pay for Success Readiness at the Pay for Success: Investing in What Works convening that NFF co-hosted with the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in 2011. He speaks and writes extensively on nonprofit finance topics such as: strategies for collaboration in the nonprofit sector, the Pay-for-Success financing model and impact investing. Bill did his undergraduate work at Williams College, holds both M.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Columbia University and   brings 20 years of finance and capital markets experience from his career in investment banking and private banking in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Africa to his work in the nonprofit sector. 

Craig Reigel: Chief Financial Officer
Craig is Chief Financial Officer. He joined NFF after serving as a project based consultant to the nascent Capital Partners business for over a year. The core of his work is attracting essential patient capital to high potential nonprofits, improving the allocation of capital within the sector. Craig comes to NFF with a long history of solving the dilemmas of growth in diverse environments. He has been a consultant to for-profit industry leaders, both with Bain & Company and independently, advising on a variety of strategic, operational, and organizational issues. In seven years as a principal in Datagraph Systems, Inc. he has taken a small business delivering performance management tools literally from the basement to international success. Twice an alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he has earned both a B.A. in Economics and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School.

David Streim: Manager, Investment Underwriting
David is a Manager in Financial Services, responsible for structuring and underwriting loans to finance a variety of client needs, including working capital, real estate acquisition, construction, and leasehold improvements. Before joining NFF in 2014, he was the Portfolio Manager at Opportunity Finance Network, underwriting and monitoring loans to CDFIs to support their financing programs. In addition to his work in the community development field, David is a pianist, performing frequently in the Philadelphia area. He received a B.A. from Vassar College and a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jennifer Talansky: Managing Director
Jen is Managing Director, Knowledge & Impact, responsible for NFF’s strategies and activities on thought leadership, marketing, press and social media. As part of NFF’s knowledge sharing mandate, her team conducts NFF’s annual State of the Sector survey, which gathers and shares data on the challenges and financial condition of thousands of nonprofits. Previously, Jen held marketing, branding and sales roles at Credit Suisse Asset Management, Partnerships for Parks, Hearst Magazines Brand Development, and JP Morgan’s Private Client Group. She earned a BA in English Literature from Duke University and an MS in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

 

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NFF Board of Directors


Maria E. Blair 
NFF Board Chair
Principal
ghSMART

Jim Bildner 
Managing Partner
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Antony Bugg-Levine
CEO
Nonprofit Finance Fund

Audrey Choi
Managing Director
Morgan Stanley Global Sustainable Finance

Andrew B. Cohn
NFF Board Secretary
Partner
Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. 

Stephen DeBerry
Founder and Chief Investment Officer
Bronze Investments

Tessie Guillermo
President and CEO
ZeroDivide

Lisa Hall
Managing Director of Impact Investing
Anthos Asset Management

Kimberly Johnson
Partner
KPMG LLP

Henry A. J. Ramos
CEO and President
Insight Center for Community Economic Development

Robert S. Robbin
Partner
Holland & Knight, LLP

Ruth Salzman 
CEO
The Russell Berrie Foundation

Janet Thompson
Citibank
(Retired)

David Vollmayer
NFF Board Treasurer
President
Liberator Management Company, LLC

 



Founder: 
Clara Miller
Clara Miller founded NFF in 1980,
and held the role of President & CEO through February 2011.