Our Staff

Boston Community Capital’s employees are our greatest asset. Dedicated to excellence and mission, BCC’s staff draws from a variety of professions and sectors to advance our clients’ goals and develop healthier communities.

Elyse D. Cherry

Chief Executive Officer and President, Boston Community Venture Fund, Aura Mortgage Advisors and NSP Residential
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Elyse Cherry is Chief Executive Officer of Boston Community Capital, where, under her leadership, Boston Community Capital has invested nearly $1 billion in projects that provide affordable housing, good jobs, and new opportunities in low-income communities, helping to connect these neighborhoods to the mainstream economy. Elyse is also President of Aura Mortgage and Boston Community Venture Fund, both affiliates of Boston Community Capital. 

Elyse helped found Boston Community Capital in 1984 as a member of its original Board of Directors.  Since then, she has been integrally involved in the development and growth of Boston Community Capital from a start-up organization to what is, today, a national model for community investment.  After serving as chair of the organization’s board of directors, she took the helm on a full-time basis in 1997.During her tenure as CEO, Elyse has spearheaded two successful rounds of aggressively implemented strategic planning and has grown assets under management from $30 million to over $840 million.  Under her leadership, Boston Community Capital has grown from a single, debt-based business line to a multi-tiered organization that includes two double bottom-line venture funds, a national tax credit program, a mortgage lender aimed at stabilizing urban neighborhoods, a real estate acquisition entity, and an alternative energy initiative focused on measuring and controlling utility costs in multi-family and affordable housing. 

Elyse is an active civic leader.  She is currently co-chairing the finance committee for Martha Coakley for Governor of Massachusetts. She is a member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Foreclosure Impacts Task Force and the Advisory Committee to the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. She is the past Chair of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and chaired the Board of MassEquality in 2004-2006 during the height of that organization’s successful campaign for the establishment and protection of marriage equality in Massachusetts. Elyse currently serves on the Board of Directors of Forsythe Institute, anindependent research institute specializing in oral health and its impact on overall wellness and LPAC, a political action committee created to support candidates who champion issues impacting lesbians and their families including ending discriminatory treatment of LGBT individuals and their families; supporting sexual and reproductive freedom and women’s access to quality health care; and furthering social, racial, and economic justice for all Americans. She has served as Vice Chair of Opportunity Finance Network, a national organization of community finance intermediaries, on the Mission Driven Investment Committee of the Kellogg Foundation, on the Dean’s Council of Northeastern University Law School, and on the external Board of the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University. Elyse is a frequent panelist and speaker at national conferences. She is also an avid traveler, particularly in the developing world.

Women’s eNews recently named Elyse one of its “21 Leaders for the 21st Century,”citing her experience building BCC and her ability to make financial tools accessible and useful to working women.  GO Magazine recently named her to its list of leading out nonprofit leaders in its “Women at the Helm” feature.

Elyse is an attorney and a former partner at the law firm of Hale and Dorr, now known as Wilmer Hale, where her transactional practice focused on commercial real estate finance and development.  Early in her career, Elyse served as a field examiner at the New England region of the National Labor Relations Board and as a VISTA volunteer in rural Tennessee.  Elyse is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Northeastern University School of Law.  MA Licensed Loan Officer (NMLS # 649173).

DeWitt Jones

Executive Vice President, Managed Assets President, and Solar Energy Advantage President
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DeWitt (Dick) Jones is Executive Vice President of Boston Community Capital (BCC), a $800 million community development financial institution, and President of BCC’s Boston Community Managed Assets and BCC Solar Energy Advantage (SEA) affiliates.  He has served as a member of BCC’s leadership team since it was established in 1985 and is also a director of the Boston Community Venture Fund and Boston Community Loan Fund. Dick leads and oversees BCC’s sustainable development activities, including its Energy Advantage Program, renewable energy initiatives under SEA, and WegoWise. The Energy Advantage Program includes a performance-based, energy efficiency and conservation financing initiative in partnership with MassHousing and Mass Housing Partnership, the two largest affordable housing lenders in Massachusetts. Under his leadership, SEA has developed approximately 2.4 megawatts of PV capacity on affordable housing developments and community facilities and is one of the largest third-party solar PV owners in the state.  Dick was a co-founder of WegoWise and has served as its board chair since it was established.  Prior to joining Boston Community Capital, he was Executive Director of the Massachusetts Urban Reinvestment Advisory Group and served as a VISTA volunteer from 1980-1981.  He was a founding member of the Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) and served on its board from 1988-1996 where he chaired its Financial Services and Public Affairs committees. From 1991-1998, Dick was co-owner and treasurer of Maria and Ricardo's Tortilla Factory, a national industry leader located in Boston's inner-city.   He currently serves on the board of Boston Day and Evening Academy, a public charter high school serving over-age high school students.  His prior board experience includes serving as Board president of the Penikese Island School, a wilderness school for boys in trouble with the law, and as the treasurer of the Center for Women and Enterprise, a regional women’s business development center.  He has been appointed by Boston Mayor Menino to serve on the city’s Renew Boston Advisory Committee (which oversaw the development if the City’s energy efficiency programs) and its Blue Ribbon Task Force on Housing Finance.  He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Kennedy School of Government. He is a resident of the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts.  In 2008, Dick and his wife, Viki Bok, received the City of Boston’s Green Residential Award.

Andrew Chen

Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director, Venture Fund
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Andrew joined Boston Community Venture Fund (BCVF) in 1998 as a Venture Officer to assist in the management of BCVF’s initial fund.  He is currently a Managing Director with continuing responsibilities for the Venture Fund’s two funds. As Chief Financial Officer for Boston Community Capital, he is responsible for the financial management and budgeting efforts of the organization.   Andrew currently serves on the Board of Directors or actively monitors several of BCVF’s portfolio companies and is also serving as the CEO of WegoWise, Inc., an internet company co-founded and funded by bCC to provide water and energy data intelligence to property owners and managers.  Prior to joining BCVF, Andrew headed an investment firm specializing in start-up companies in the advanced materials industry.  He was also a general partner in two real estate investment and development syndicates.  Andrew has a doctorate from MIT in Technology, Management and Policy, where his research focused on materials processing and technology commercialization.  He also holds S.M. and B.S. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT and The Johns Hopkins University, respectively.  

Rachael M Dorr

General Manager, SUN Initiative
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Rachael joined Boston Community Capital in February 2012 as General Manager of the SUN Initiative. As General Manager of SUN, Rachael manages the team of mortgage loan originators, processors, underwriters, negotiators, and loan closing staff.  In addition, Rachael works with senior management on outreach and expanding the SUN model. Prior to joining Boston Community Capital, Rachael was associated for nearly 30 years with the law firm Mintz Levin in their commercial real estate practice, working with clients on a wide variety of matters including affordable housing finance.  Rachael serves on the Board of Directors of Supportive Living, Inc., a nonprofit developer of housing for brain injury survivors, and is a Trustee of the Cambridge School of Weston, an innovative independent high school.  Rachael received her Bachelor’s degree from Reed College and attended Boston University School of Law where she graduated cum laude.  Rachael also holds a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University.  MA Licensed Loan Officer (NMLS # 885200).      

Michelle Volpe

Loan Fund President
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Michelle has 18 years of experience structuring financial transactions for charter schools, social service providers, and non-profit and for-profit real estate developers across New England and down the East Coast.  As Loan Fund President she has overall responsibility for the Loan Fund’s lending activities, including raising capital, staff training and supervision, production, financial management, building external relationships and new business lines, loan and portfolio monitoring, and social impact reporting.  She directs Loan Committee meetings and reports on Loan Fund results to the BCC Board of Directors. Prior to becoming Loan Fund President she was Team Leader/ Senior Loan Officer.  In this position she managed a four person lending team, a loan portfolio of approximately 100 loans and net loan exposure of approximately $200 million.  Before joining Boston Community Capital, she worked as an Assistant Vice President at Bay Bank of Boston, and before that at Management Sciences for Health, a Boston based non-profit.  Michelle was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her B.A. with honors in History, and she holds a Master’s degree from Yale's School of Management.  Michelle also serves on the advisory committee to Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Working Cities Challenge, the advisory group to CLF Ventures/MHIC Health Neighborhoods Equity fund, and on Massachusetts Grocery Access Task Force.

Samantha Asker

Administrative Assistant
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Samantha Asker joined BCC in July 2013. As Administrative Assistant, she seeks to ensure that the office is a comfortable, smooth-running environment in which to carry out the mission of Boston Community Capital. Before joining BCC, Sam acted as a link between clients, appraisers and management at North Atlantic Appraisal Management. She also worked with RunVermont in organizing the Twenty-Fifth Annual Vermont City Marathon, and interned with Grounds for Health, a nonprofit specializing in women’s health in coffee-growing communities. Sam is a magna cum laude graduate of Saint Michael’s College and holds a dual B.A. in Sociology and English Literature.

Adam Beattie

Mortgage Loan Officer, Aura Mortgage Advisors LLC/ SUN Initiative
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Adam Beattie is a Massachusetts licensed mortgage loan officer (NMLS #317331).  Adam joined Boston Community Capital in April 2012.  As a Mortgage Loan Officer, Adam works to assess home loan applications in the Stabilizing Urban Neighborhoods (SUN) Initiative.  Prior to joining BCC, he worked at Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston as a housing counselor and at Mortgage Master, Inc. as a loan officer.  Adam also has extensive experience in the public sector. He has worked as a project manager at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility and an investigator in New York City with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Adam has also lived in Cape Town, South Africa, while working as a research assistant for an economic research organization.  Adam graduated Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with undergraduate degrees in Economics and Japanese and holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from University of Massachusetts Boston.

Gail Berlinger

Director of Portfolio & Community Impact
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Gail joined Boston Community Capital in January 2007, initially as Portfolio Manager for the Loan Fund.  In her current role as BCC’s Director of Portfolio & Community Impact, she assesses and reports on the social and economic impact of Boston Community Capital’s activities, monitors portfolio trends, conducts sector risk analysis, and collaborates on efforts to increase institutional investment in Boston Community Capital’s core business lines. Prior to joining BCLF, Gail worked as a Portfolio Manager with Boston Capital, where she was responsible for the ongoing portfolio management and investor reporting for over $1 billion in gross equity across multi-investor corporate and direct placement LIHTC funds. Gail previously held positions with Federal Management Company and Boston Union Realty. Gail has volunteered with Transition House, participating in 30 hours of training as a confidential domestic violence advocate and completing a term as Board Treasurer. She currently volunteers as a facilitator for ULI's UrbanPlan program. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds a Master's degree in Urban Affairs from Boston University. Her graduate studies focused on the application of planning tools to address economic disparity and social inequality.

Nora Bloch

Senior Loan Officer
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Nora Bloch joined Boston Community Capital in 2011 as Senior Loan Officer for the Loan Fund.  This position is part of a job sharing partnership with Sarah Kitterman.  Together Nora and Sarah market Boston Community Loan Fund to potential borrowers, underwrite loan requests, and conduct ongoing portfolio management.  Prior to joining BCC, Nora and Sarah worked in a job share for ten years at Wainwright Bank on the Community Development Lending Team and then more recently at Eastern Bank after Eastern acquired Wainwright.  Prior to Wainwright, Nora worked in Fleet Bank’s nonprofit lending group. She has also held varied positions in the nonprofit and public sector.  Nora is a graduate of Grinnell College in Iowa and holds a Master’s in Public and Private Management from Yale University.  Nora serves on the Finance Committee of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and is the Treasurer of the Friends of the Escuela Rafaél Hernandez.

Jessica Brooks

Senior Vice President of Development & Communications
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Jess Brooks joined Boston Community Capital in 2001. She works closely with our external constituents, maintaining relationships with our investors and donors, raising new funds to support our work, and organizing events that showcase our borrowers and portfolio companies and their work. Jess came to Boston Community Capital from The New York Times where she was in charge of online community development and affiliate management. Her prior experience includes positions as a securities trader on Wall Street, and at Safe Horizon, a nonprofit organization providing services to battered women and other crime victims. Jess is former chair of the Boards of Directors for The Food Project, a local nonprofit that serves as a national model for engaging young people in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture with locations in Dorchester, Lincoln and on the North Shore; the Boston chapter of Social Venture Partners; and Cascap, a nonprofit organization providing affordable housing and support services for people with special needs. She serves on the Brown University President's Committee on Relations with Tougaloo College and is a 2007 alumna of the Boston Center for Community and Justice's LeadBoston program. Jess is a graduate of Brown University.

Jennifer Campagnone

Processor and SUN Customer Support
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Jennifer processes SUN loans and provides support for the loan officers in moving the files from prequalification to underwriting, initially focusing on the Maryland files as part of the SUN expansion. She also assists in customer support, working with SUN clients to get them the information that they need about their new mortgages with Aura Mortgage, BCC’s affiliate. Jennifer has over 8 years of experience in lending. Prior to joining BCC, she worked at Admirals Bank, Prospect Mortgage and Sovereign Bank. 

Stephanie Caponigro

In-House Counsel
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Stephanie joined Boston Community Capital in November 2011 as in-house counsel.  Stephanie supervises residential mortgage loan closings for the SUN Initiative. She also reviews title examinations, resolves title issues, reviews purchase and sale agreements, and negotiates short sales and purchases.  She obtained her degree in Business Management from Suffolk University in 1998 and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 2002 and her LL.M. in Banking and Financial Law from Boston University in 2011.  She has over ten years of residential real estate experience which includes representing buyers, sellers and lenders, as well as representing lenders in residential foreclosure matters.

Constance Delzant

Negotiator
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Constance joined Boston Community Capital in March 2011. As a Negotiator for BCC’s SUN Initiative, Constance negotiates short sales and purchases of Real Estate Owned properties with servicers and lenders.  When necessary, she will also negotiate debt settlements on behalf of SUN Initiative clients. Prior to joining BCC, Constance worked as an attorney in France, licensed with the Paris Bar. In Paris, she had a strong litigation practice with a focus in contracts and real estatelaw. In 2007, Constance decided to specialize further in Banking and Finance and attended Boston University School of Law.  Constance graduated in 2008 with a Master's in Banking and Financial Law (LL.M) and a concentration in Securities Transactions. Most recently, Constance worked as a HUD approved Housing Counselor and Foreclosure Prevention Manager at the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) where she assisted over 400 homeowners requesting short sales, home loan modifications and other workouts under the US Treasury’s Making Home Affordable Program and/or investor guidelines.

Stephen Donovan

Portfolio Analyst
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Steve joined Boston Community Capital in August 2011.  As Portfolio Analyst for Boston Community Loan Fund, Steve works closely with borrowers by conducting site visits and annual status reviews. He also assists the Loan Fund staff in portfolio management. Before coming to BCC, Steve served as volunteer and logistics associate at Project Bread's Walk for Hunger, a program manager for City Year Rhode Island, and an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps member and team leader.  Steve is a graduate of Plymouth State University.

Caren Driskell

Processor, SUN Initiative
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Caren Driskell supports the final underwriting process and helps the senior underwriter clear the files for closing. Using her background in real estate appraisal, Caren advises on comparative market analyses as needed.Caren brings thirteen years of experience in the mortgage industry with over ten years as a loan processor. Prior to joining BCC, she worked at Bank of America as a quality assurance loan auditor.Caren is also a licensed Real Estate Agent and has completed her training as a Real Estate Appraiser. She holds an Associate’s degree in Bookkeeping/Accounting from Marion Court College.

Jessica Friesen

Investor Relations Manager
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Jessica joined Boston Community Capital in July 2013 as Investor Relations Manager. In this role Jessica provides support for investor activities including managing investor relationships, reporting activities and outcomes, and marketing BCC’s success as an innovative CDFI. With a passion for cross-sector solutions that drive social change both globally and domestically, Jessica comes to BCC with a breadth of consulting, marketing, and project management experience. She has done internal strategy consulting with Ashoka’s Youth Venture, conducted new market research for a global IT securities firm, and worked with Early Childhood Development programs in Malawi. Jessica received her Bachelor’s from Wheaton College with a certificate in Human Needs and Global Resources and graduated with honors from Boston University with an MBA in Public and Nonprofit Management.

E. Matthew Gautieri

Controller
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Matthew joined Boston Community Capital in 2001 after working in commercial banking for twenty-one years. Matt is responsible for all financial management and accounting functions, including budgeting, investments, portfolio management, and financial reporting. Prior to joining BCC, Matt worked at FleetBoston Financial or its affiliates, most recently as Manager of Planning & Analysis in Fleet’s Small Business Services unit. He has also held positions in commercial real estate, financial analysis, and loan operations. Matthew attended Fisher College.

Cristina Gonzalez-James

Administrative Assistant
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Cristina joined Boston Community Capital in July 2013 as the Administrative Assistant for the SUN Initiative. As Administrative Assistant, Cristina assists with day-to-day administrative tasks, conducts client intake calls, and schedules prequalification appointments. Before joining Boston Community Capital, Cristina worked as a receptionist at the Brookline Community Mental Health Center and was a Paths to Careers and Colleges Program Intern with the Hyde Square Task Force. Cristina attended Simmons College where she was the Founder and President of the History Organization and Social Chair of OLA (Organización Latina Americana). She graduated with a B.A. in History and a minor in Spanish.

Greg Hillier

Closing Coordinator
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Greg joined Boston Community Capital’s SUN Initiative in August 2012.  As Closer, Greg coordinates the closings with borrowers and attorneys, prepares the closing packages and establishes the new loans in the Aura Mortgage Advisors system.  Before joining BCC, Greg was also a volunteer with a foreclosure taskforce informing tenants whose properties were under foreclosure of their basic legal rights.  Greg is an attorney, having received his J.D. degree from Suffolk University Law School in 2011. While attending Suffolk, he worked for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and the Suffolk University Law School Immigration Clinic. He also earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Sarah Kitterman

Senior Loan Officer
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Sarah Kitterman joined Boston Community Capital in 2011 as Senior Loan Officer for the Loan Fund.  This position is part of a job sharing partnership with Nora Bloch.  Together Sarah and Nora market Boston Community Loan Fund to potential borrowers, underwrite loan requests, and conduct ongoing portfolio management.  Prior to joining BCC, Sarah and Nora worked in a job share for ten years at Wainwright Bank on the Community Development Lending Team and then more recently at Eastern Bank after Eastern acquired Wainwright.  Prior to joining Wainwright Sarah worked in BankBoston’s Community Development group as a Loan Officer at First Community Bank.  Sarah also has extensive overseas experience working in the field of international development, in particular in Eastern Europe and Asia.  A graduate of Harvard University, she holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Columbia University with a specialization in finance and nonprofit management.

Andrew Koh

Director of Operations
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Andrew joined Boston Community Capital in April 2012 as Director of Operations.  As Director of Operations, Andrew is responsible for technology insurance, human resources, vendor and facility management.  He also leads strategic improvement projects linked to the growth of BCC and its lines of business.  Andrew brings to this position over 17 years of experience leading the operations of both professional and non-profit groups through growth and transition phases.  Prior to joining Boston Community Capital, Andrew was a Product Manager & Account Manager with Dovetail Health and spent 10 years as the COO of ASV Technologies, a leading multi-national banking check fraud solution provider.  Andrew also served as VP of Operations & Business Development for Itenki Health, an early-stage eHealth company.  He began his career as a healthcare and technology investment banker with Adams, Harkness & Hill, where he completed over 40 financial and strategic advisory engagements including M&A advisory services as well as public/private equity financings.  Andrew has a degree in Economics from Dartmouth College and has served on the Board of several Boston-area non-profit organizations.

Anne Marie LaSalvia

Mortgage Loan Officer, Aura Mortgage Advisors LLC/ SUN Initiative
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Anne Marie LaSalvia is a Massachusetts licensed mortgage loan officer (NMLS # 706660).  Anne joined Boston Community Capital in March 2012.  As a Mortgage Loan Officer, she works to review and process client applications in the Stabilizing Urban Neighborhoods (SUN) Initiative.  Anne also works closely with SUN management on special projects. Prior to joining BCC, Anne worked at Sovereign Bank as a Commercial Business Development Officer. Anne also worked at State Street Bank as both a Vice President in commercial lending and in the bank’s cash management group, and at Fleet Bank where she was a retail Branch Manager.  Anne was also the Program Director for Riverside Community Care, which serves young mothers with counseling, parenting classes, and access to needed resources.  Anne is also a member of her local Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of directors for Riverside Community Care. Anne graduated from University of Massachusetts Boston with a degree in Criminal Justice and Social Work and has a Masters in Social Work from Boston University.

Luis Matienzo

Loan Fund Operations Manager
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Luis Matienzo joined Boston Community Capital in November 2005. His job has three components: Loan Administration, Information Management and Portfolio Management.  Luis was most recently at Bank of America as an Information Officer for a $7 billion real estate loan portfolio and also has experience at Bank of Boston and Fleet as an Operations Manager/ Team Leader and Loan Administrator for a $200 million real estate portfolio located in low and moderate income areas in New England, and at Fleet’s Community Development Bank.   He brings to his position expertise in construction loan management and information management.

Ron McCormick

Customer Relations Liaison
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Ron joined Boston Community Capital’s SUN Initiative in September 2012 as Customer Relations Liaison. As Customer Relations Liaison, Ron is responsible for customer relations and loan servicing for NSP Residential & AURA Mortgage clients.  Before joining BCC, Ron worked for a Burlington, MA based commercial leasing company and, prior to that, worked for a non-profit student loan guarantor in Boston.  He is a volunteer regional coordinator for HOPEworldwide, a non-profit benevolent organization whose efforts include annual canvassing in Lawrence, Dorchester, Brockton, to educate residents on fire safety and prevention.  Ron attended the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Patrick McHeffey

Accountant
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Patrick joined Boston Community Capital in January 2013.  As an Accountant, Patrick works directly with the Controller and several key stakeholders within the company to help assure proper financial reporting for BCC and its affiliates.  Previously, Patrick served as an accountant at Hologic, Inc. and as a staff accountant at Scott A. Goffstein & Associates, LLP.  Patrick graduated Magna Cum Laude from Roger Williams University with a B.S. in Accounting and is currently a graduate student at Boston University where he is studying for his Master's in City Planning.

Kathryn McHugh

Senior Loan Officer
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Kathryn McHugh joined Boston Community Capital in 2001. She markets Boston Community Loan Fund to potential borrowers, underwrites loan requests, and conducts ongoing portfolio management. Prior to joining the Loan Fund, Kathryn was a Program Officer at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation office in Providence; a housing development specialist with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and a project manager for real estate development at CASCAP. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she also holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from Tufts University. Kathryn is a resident of Brookline and is an active volunteer on Boston and Massachusetts housing issues, especially with homeless groups. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Somerville Homeless Coalition, and is a trustee for the Castle Square Tenants Organization’s Charitable Trust and the Jamaica Plain Housing Trust.  She also consults with the State of Massachusetts and various municipalities on their housing and homeless policies and programs.  Kathryn is currently the Assistant Treasurer to both the Lincoln School PTO and the Lincoln School Extended Day Program.

Michael Nilles

Senior Loan Officer
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Mike Nilleshas been with Boston Community Capital since 1996, except for a period from 2001-2004 when he worked as a consultant in community-based financing and real estate development.  Mike markets BCC’s lending affiliate, Boston Community Loan Fund, to potential borrowers, underwrites loan requests, and conducts ongoing portfolio management.  In addition to financing affordable housing development, Mike currently focuses on community facilities for organizations such as community health centers and charter schools, in transactions that often involve providing leverage debt into New Markets Tax Credit structures. Before joining BCC, Mike worked in a middle-market commercial lending group at BayBank.  A graduate of Georgetown University and the Yale School of Management, Mike previously served as a Jesuit Volunteer in Seattle.  Mike is an active member of the Pastoral Planning Group at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Wellesley, MA.

Elisabeth Pacl

Mortgage Loan Officer, Aura Mortgage Advisors LLC/ SUN Initiative
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Liz Pacl is a Massachusetts licensed mortgage loan originator (NMLS #881030). Liz joined Boston Community Capital’s SUN Initiative in August 2011.  She held the role of Administrative Assistant and subsequently worked as Closing Coordinator before undertaking her current position as Loan Officer.   As a Loan Officer, Liz works with clients to complete applications and qualify for new mortgages with the SUN Initiative. Before joining BCC, Liz aided in the inauguration of a landmark special-education program in the Carlisle Public Schools, interned for the Marketing and Public Relations departments with the non-profit Handel and Haydn Society and also for the  Development department for Elderhostel, Inc.  She volunteers as a pen-pal for Roxbury middle-school students every year. Liz graduated with honors from Simmons College in Boston, earning a B.A. in Business Management.

Maggie Plant

Senior Underwriter
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As Senior Underwriter for BCC’s SUN Initiative, Maggie analyzes client’s eligibility after an offer has been accepted on their home.  Maggie has worked in the mortgage industry for fifteen years at various levels, particularly underwriting and processing management; this experience gives her a breadth of understanding of the home mortgage financing, from origination to the sale of loans to the secondary market.  Maggie has vast knowledge of industry guidelines to include FNMA, FHLMC, FHA, VA and investor overlays.  Maggie spent fifteen years in the Washington, DC metro area before moving to Cumberland, Rhode Island five years ago where she worked at Admirals Bank as a Senior DE Underwriter. Maggie attended George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where she studied Communications. 

Emily Rochon

Boston Community Capital Fellow
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Emily joined Boston Community Capital in August 2013 as a Boston Community Capital Fellow.  As a BCC Fellow, Emily’s work focuses primarily on clean energy public policy discussions taking place at the local, state, and federal levels. She is also assisting BCC in developing its solar and energy business, with the goal of ensuring that low-income communities are included in any sustainable energy model.  Emily comes to BCC with extensive experience in environmental and energy policy and law.  She received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 2013 and holds a M.S. in Environmental Toxicology from Cornell University as well as undergraduate degrees in Environmental Studies and Biology from Providence College and Rhode Island College, respectively. 

Sharon Shepard

Managing Director of Boston Community Venture Fund (BCVF) & SUN Initiative COO
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Sharon Shepard joined Boston Community Capital in February 2001 as a Managing Director of BCC’s Venture Funds and is responsible for identifying, structuring, growing, monitoring and exiting investments. Shepard brings to BCC 13 years of venture capital and venture development experience as well as 16 years of broad industry operational experience, primarily in early stage and emerging growth high technology companies. In her role, Shepard has worked with numerous portfolio companies including Magellan BioSciences, Dynex Corporation, Trek Diagnostics, ESA, Eating Well Media Group, TekCel, Protedyne Corporation, geoVue, Zipcar, and CASTion Corporation among others with board/observer responsibilities for most of these companies. In addition to her venture role, in early 2011 Ms Shepard also took on an operating role in BCC’s SUN Initiative, a foreclosure relief program. Prior to joining BCC, Shepard was the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Consulting Services for Mass Ventures, a venture development company providing management and financial services to high growth early stage technology companies where she was instrumental in raising nearly $50MM of capital. In addition, she provided business coaching to entrepreneurs, recruited management talent, developed business plans and held interim senior management roles in such companies as Beliefnet and MetaEvents (acquired by Palm). As the CEO or senior manager of three technology-based start-up companies (Sensor Frame, Compunetix, Amerinex Applied Imaging), Shepard played a pivotal role in setting strategic direction, raising capital, developing new products, and designing and implementing operational plans. She was voted Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by the Pittsburgh business community. Shepard also is an active business community member. She was the founder and Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Pittsburgh for many years. She has served on numerous non-profit boards including the MIT Enterprise Forum (national board), the MIT Alumni Association, the Pittsburgh High Technology Council, and the Western Mass Software Association. She also served as a Member of the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee for Student Affairs & Undergraduates. Shepard earned an S.M. degree in mechanical engineering from MIT.

Sofia Suarez

Loan Processor
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Sofia joined Boston Community Capital in November 2012.  As a processor for BCC’s SUN Initiative, Sofia's duties include analyzing client eligibility before submitting the loan to underwriting and working directly with SUN clients to ensure all necessary information is obtained.  Before joining Boston Community Capital, Sofia worked as an Accounting Manager for Realty Executives, a Loan Negotiator for Zak Law Offices where she managed over 200 clients, and became a licensed Massachusetts real estate agent in connection with her work as Real Estate Sales Executive for Prestige Properties in Boston.  Sofia has her J.D. from Universidad Santa Maria in Caracas, Venezuela where she practiced with a focus on labor, constitutional, and corporate law.  She recently completed her Master's in Management and Human Resources from Harvard University.  Sofia has been a volunteer for Latinos Unidos of Massachusetts since 2005 and a board member since 2007.

Boston Community Capital
56 Warren Street
Boston, MA 02119-3236
Phone: 617.427.8600