Jeff brings five years of CDFI experience to FUND. As a lender to both small businesses and to affordable housing projects, he originated, underwrote, and serviced community development projects in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington.
Maggie brings more than 6 years of experience in international and domestic community development, strategic planning, and capital raising. Prior to joining FUND in 2018, Maggie led research and impact measurement initiatives for National Community Investment Fund (NCIF), a CDFI private equity fund that specializes in supporting mission-oriented banks. Prior to her time at NCIF, Maggie worked as the Social Enterprise Manager for Rabble, a NYC-based impact investment platform, where she was responsible for business development and impact measurement.
Prior to joining FUND, Lauren worked in a variety of community development roles, focusing primarily in housing development and municipal financial policy. Most recently she was responsible for data management and analysis for Mercy Housing Lakefront, a supportive housing provider serving Illinois and Wisconsin.
Sonja brings more than six years of experience in grant writing & capital development, project design & implementation, and qualitative & quantitative impact analysis to the FUND team. Immediately prior to joining FUND Consulting, Sonja served as the Founding Executive Director (interim basis) for CDFI Friendly South Bend, as well as a key driver of the collaborative community organizing and business planning process from 2018 – 2020. Her earlier experience includes economic equity work for the City of South Bend, as well as serving as Campaign Manager for state and county-level political campaigns through Southeast Michigan.
Emily Sipfle is a Managing Consultant at FUND Consulting and Board Member of FUND Community Institute (FUND CI), a nonprofit research arm within the FUND family of organizations. As Managing Consultant, Emily manages projects including writing CDFI Fund funding and grant applications, initial CDFI certification and ongoing reporting, and compliance. Emily also works with clients on strategic projects, such as strategic plans, market studies, capitalization plans, impact systems analyses, and customer surveys. As a FUND CI Board Member, Emily supports research on salient trends on CDFIs and larger community development industry.
Dan joined FUND Consulting as an Associate Consultant in 2015. Prior to FUND, Dan was a research assistant at the University of Chicago, working on studies involving philanthropic giving and education policy. He has interned at the National Parks Service, developing guidelines for renewable energy installations at California’s Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and at the Center for Neighborhood Technology, researching best practices for citizen involvement in transportation planning.
Caitlin brings over four years of grant writing experience, project design and implementation, and quantitative and qualitative data analysis to FUND Consulting’s team. Prior to joining FUND Consulting, Caitlin worked at Northwestern University’s Department of Medical Social Sciences where she coordinated large-scale social policy grant writing initiatives and monitored external projects between the university and local community partners.
Moira joined FUND Consulting in 2012. Since that time she has worked with over 50 organizations on various strategic, operational, and funding projects, securing nearly $30 million in funding for clients. Prior to joining the FUND team, Moira was the Research Project Manager at IFF, a Chicago-based CDFI, where she managed large-scale, data-focused research projects.
Jennifer joined FUND Consulting in 2013. She brings over 20 years of non-profit, community development, and CDFI experience focusing on strategies to assist low- and moderate-income individuals and families gain educational and financial access. As Managing Consultant at FUND, she is responsible for business development and direct client work. During her tenure at FUND, she has assisted over 50 loan funds, banks, and credit unions nationwide with securing over $56 million in support and has also directly completed or overseen the completion of strategic plans, capitalization plans, market studies, and CDFI Certification applications for over 60 organizations.