Team

The team that makes FUND Consulting one of the leading resources.

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Jeff Bailey

Consultant

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. 

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Maggie Brennan, Consultant

Maggie Brennan

Senior Consultant

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.

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Domonique Griffin

Senior Data Analyst

Domonique is a Senior Data Analyst with a range of experience in community development from the private and public sector. As a Senior Data Analyst, Domonique builds and strengthens systems for improved impact tracking, and reporting. Along with designing operational efficiencies, Domonique works with clients on financial modeling, strategic projects, market studies, and map creation. Prior to joining FUND, Domonique served as a Grants Manager for a globally operating non-profit, leading the development and implementation of comprehensive impact reporting for anti-poverty projects. Domonique’s earlier work as a research associate in the Food Systems Planning arena focused on fostering food equity through utilization focused evaluation and policy improvements. Through her previous work, Domonique was able to foster community partnerships, support community action research, lead evaluation, and co-author publications for the UN Food & Agriculture Organization and the Lutheran World Federation.

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Kristy Johnsen

Associate Data Analyst

Kristy is an Associate Data Analyst at FUND Consulting. She brings a passion for community service with over 18 years of experience volunteering and working in her local school district. Combined with this experience is an academic background in science and healthcare and formal training in R programming, Tableau, SQL, and Excel.

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Sonja Karnovsky (she/her/hers)

Consultant

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. 

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Alexandria Knipp

Consultant

As a Consultant Alexandria brings experience in international and domestic development projects, analytical research, and grant writing. Prior to joining the FUND team, Alexandria worked as a Research Assistant with the Yellowknives Dene First Nation and Tłı̨chǫ Dene First Nation in the Canadian Arctic on post-extractive economic development. Through her earlier work as an Economic Officer for the U.S. Department of State, she analyzed economic impacts in Post country, pioneered research on economic security concerns, and authored reports for Congress.

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Emily Sipfle, Senior Consultant

Emily Sipfle (she/her/hers)

Managing Consultant

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.

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Michele Santana

Consultant

Michele joined FUND Consulting in 2022. She holds master’s degrees in Public Policy and Educational Administration. Michele previously served as a Senior Policy Intern for a New York City Council political campaign where she led a team of 20 and directed research, writing, and editing efforts on key environmental, urban planning, and public health policy areas.  Most recently, she interned at Village Book Builders where she implemented strategic projects and developed equitable policies.

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Dan Sloan (he/him/his)

Senior Consultant

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.

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Caitlin Solander (she/her/hers)

Managing Consultant

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.

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Deepa Venkatachalam

Associate Data Analyst

Deepa is an Associate Data Analyst at FUND Consulting. She has a master’s degree in Environmental Studies with a focus on data analysis and statistics. She is academically trained in statistics with R programming, GIS related software applications, and urban planning. Deepa previously interned at Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to collate land-use and climate maps with Census Board of India data to analyze various crop production and consumption patterns in the state of Gujarat. More recently, Deepa worked on data analytics projects with Alliance for Great Lakes and Chicago Botanical Gardens.

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Moira Warnement

Senior Consultant

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.

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Jennifer Weitzel (she/her/hers)

Managing Consultant

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.

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