Team

Steve Grossman

Chief Executive Officer

As CEO of ICIC, Steve leads a dynamic and growing team of professionals dedicated to achieving economic prosperity in America’s inner cities. Steve is focused on setting ICIC’s strategic direction, leading the organization through a period of rapid growth and extending ICIC’s national visibility and brand. He directs ICIC’s efforts to ... Read More


Matt Camp

President and Chief Operating Officer

As the President and COO of ICIC, Matt manages ICIC’s strategic direction and operations and is focused on increasing the organization’s impact on inner city economic development across the U.S. He contributes to new partnerships to help ICIC’s key stakeholders leverage the underutilized assets of America’s urban communities to drive ... Read More


Kim Zeuli

Senior Vice President
Director, Research and Advisory Practice

Kim Zeuli is the Senior Vice President, Director of the Research and Advisory Practice at ICIC. Kim is responsible for designing and overseeing a research agenda to promote business development and job growth in U.S. inner cities.  She currently oversees work that includes projects on high growth clusters, industrial strategies, anchor ... Read More


Oksana Bondar

Chief Financial Officer

Oksana Bondar serves as ICIC’s Chief Financial Officer and is the lead on finance and accounting.  She also oversees ICIC’s human resources administration, IT and office management. Oksana has ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector.  Prior to joining ICIC, she served as director of finance and operations at the ... Read More


Hyacinth Vassell

Director, Inner City Capital Connections

As the Director of the Inner City Capital Connections program, Hyacinth Vassell is responsible for the development of the program’s scope, strategy and content. She is also responsible for building coalition in local markets with civic, not for profit and corporate stakeholders. Hyacinth oversees the ICIC CEO Series at ICIC ... Read More


Kate Allgrove

Director, Urban Business Initiatives

Kate provides strategic research, analytical and communicative direction as a director of ICIC’s urban business initiatives.  Currently leading ICIC’s legacy Inner City 100 program, Kate previously managed ICIC’s partnership with the Goldman Sachs Foundation on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. Prior to that, Kate supported ICIC’s work scaling outreach and ... Read More


Sonia Moin

Director, Urban Business Initiatives

As director of urban business initiatives, Sonia manages ICIC’s partnership with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. Prior to joining ICIC, Sonia worked at the International Finance Corporation (IFC, World Bank Group) driving business development and knowledge management programs. With a passion for growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem for small businesses, Sonia’s ... Read More


Zach Nieder

Manager

As a manager of ICIC’s research and advisory practice, Zach directs and supports projects focused on economic growth and anchor strategies. He works closely with senior leadership to strategically grow the organization’s project portfolio, as well as working with the research and advisory team to develop innovative dissemination strategies to ... Read More


Samantha Hyde

Office Manager

As ICIC’s Office Manager, Samantha Hyde is responsible for a diverse set of operational and administrative tasks. Prior to joining ICIC, Samantha worked at Boston Children’s Hospital in both administrative and clinical capacities. Samantha holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cornell University. ... Read More


Lauren Baer

Analyst, Urban Business Initiatives

As an analyst on the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) Team, Lauren is responsible for forming and building relationships with small business community members and inner city CEOs. She assists in the coordination and implementation of the program, including contributions in strategic communications, marketing and social media. Prior to ICIC, Lauren has experience ... Read More


Zenzele Best

Analyst, Urban Business Initiatives

As an Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) analyst, Zenzele works to build and cultivate relationships with small business executive teams.  She also supports the implementation and and coordination of ICCC through outreach, social media initiatives, and communications. Prior to joining ICIC, Zenzele was the Co-Director for the Common Good Grant Committee, ... Read More


Kieran Bunting

Associate, Urban Business Initiatives

As an Associate for the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) team, Kieran’s primary responsibility is compiling program data and analyzing the economic impacts of the program for the ICCC Impact Report. He also assists with outreach, communication and implementation for the ICCC program. Prior to ICIC, Kieran worked as a research ... Read More


Sarah Levis Desmond

Executive Assistant to the CEO and Administrative Manager

As executive assistant to the CEO and administrative manager, Sarah Levis Desmond is responsible for managing the calendar of the CEO, travel arrangements and correspondence of the executive team. Sarah also assists with managing special projects and events at ICIC. Prior to joining ICIC, Sarah worked in the Office of the ... Read More


Anna Johnson

Analyst, Inner City Capital Connections

As an analyst on the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) Team, Anna is responsible for building relationships with inner city CEOs and members of the small business community. Anna also assists in the coordination of ICIC’s CEO Series. Prior to ICIC, Anna worked at a local nonprofit organization that sponsors an annual ... Read More


Pooja Kalapurakkel

Analyst, Urban Business Initiatives

As an analyst on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses team, Pooja Kalapurakkel focuses on implementation of the program’s outreach, recruitment, and selection processes.  Prior to ICIC, Pooja interned for London-based non-profit Pure Leapfrog, an organization that invests in clean energy projects in the UK’s low-income communities. There she helped organize ... Read More


David LeBoeuf

Associate, Urban Business Initiatives

As an urban business initiatives associate, David’s primary focus is the implementation of the outreach, application and selection process for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. Prior to joining ICIC, David worked as a divisional program manager at the Innovation Institute at the Mass Tech Collaborative, a quasi-public economic development agency, where ... Read More


Katie Lettie

Senior Associate, Urban Business Initiatives

As an urban business initiatives senior associate, Katie’s primary focus is the implementation of the outreach, application and selection process for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. Before she joined ICIC, Katie worked for a variety of startups and small businesses at Chicago’s 1871 incubator. At 1871, Katie worked in many capacities, ... Read More


Ryan Musso

Analyst, Inner City Capital Connections

As an analyst on the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) Team, Ryan is responsible for cultivating relationships with small business community stakeholders and inner city CEOs located throughout the U.S. Ryan assists in the organization and implementation of the program, including contributions in outreach, communications, and social media. Before joining ICIC, ... Read More


Sam Nasser

Analyst, Urban Business Initiatives

As an urban business initiatives analyst, Husam (Sam) Nasser works on implementation of the Inner City 100 and the Santander Cultivate Small Business programs. His focus includes outreach and recruitment for the programs, the application and selection processes, and building relationships with inner city CEOs throughout the country. Prior to joining ICIC, Sam ... Read More


Austin Nijhuis

Senior Analyst, Research and Advisory Practice

Austin is a senior research analyst at ICIC where he is responsible for synthesizing, analyzing, and mapping demographic and socio-economic data to understand key trends impacting inner city, central city, and regional firms, economies, and land use. He currently provides support for a number of research and advisory projects at ... Read More


Kathleen O’Shea

Senior Analyst, Research and Advisory Practice

As a senior research analyst at ICIC, Kathleen is responsible for synthesizing and analyzing demographic and socioeconomic data to understand key trends impacting inner city, central city and regional firms, economies, and land use. She provides support for a number of research and advisory projects at ICIC. Prior to ICIC, Kathleen interned ... Read More


Monsurat Ottun

Associate, Urban Business Initiatives

As an Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) Associate, Monsurat provides support to the ICCC team and the small business executives and coaches who ICCC engages through the program. In her role, she strives to build strong networks between inner city CEOs and stakeholders of the small business community ... Read More


Allie Padgett

Analyst, Urban Business Initiatives

As an urban business initiatives analyst, Allie Padgett’s primary focus is the implementation of the outreach, recruitment, application and selection processes for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. Prior to ICIC, Allie worked as a Researcher and Community Organizer at the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, where she worked ... Read More


Justin J. Pearson

Analyst, Urban Business Initiatives

As an analyst on the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) team, Justin’s primary goal is to form and to cultivate relationships with inner city CEOs and stakeholders of the small business ecosystem. Justin is passionate about serving disadvantaged people and communities. Before joining the ICIC team, Justin founded Camp Hope Memphis, ... Read More


Margaret Phan

Development Coordinator

As part of the Development and Alumni Relations team, Margaret’s primary focus is on building and executing a relationship strategy that engages alumni across all of ICIC’s Urban Business Initiatives. She also assists in fundraising, development, and giving strategies and builds relationships with ICIC’s funder base. Previously, Margaret worked at ... Read More


Liz Pugh

Senior Development Officer

Liz Pugh serves as senior development officer, overseeing the implementation of ICIC’s fundraising and alumni relations strategy. She is responsible for maintaining ongoing relationships with ICIC’s current partners, as well as a cultivating new prospects to support our expanding thought and practice leadership. Prior to joining ICIC, Liz worked in nonprofit ... Read More


Kelsey Ray

Associate, Urban Business Initiatives

As an urban business initiatives associate, Kelsey Ray’s primary focus is the implementation of the outreach, recruitment, application and selection processes for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. Prior to ICIC, Kelsey worked as an apprentice at Nokia in Belgium where she performed an analysis on 3rd party spending, and worked with business ... Read More


Taelyr Roberts

Analyst, Urban Business Initiatives

As an urban business initiatives analyst, Taelyr Roberts’ primary focus is the implementation of the outreach, recruitment, application and selection processes for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. Before joining ICIC, Taelyr served as a Massachusetts Campus Compact Americorps*VISTA where she built capacity for student community service opportunities on the Babson College ... Read More


Hannah Roccki

Senior Communications Associate

As senior communications associate, Hannah provides oversight of ICIC’s communication strategy and implementation, and works to raise awareness of ICIC and its work nationally through thought leadership and media relations. With a passion for helping businesses grow, Hannah’s previous experience includes working at a Boston-based marketing and public relations firm, where ... Read More


Stephanie Savir

Analyst, Research and Advisory

Stephanie brings rigorous academic and diverse work experience to her position at ICIC supporting strong and inclusive inner city economies. She engages on projects across the full range of ICIC’s research and advisory practice, with a skillset that encompasses both qualitative and quantitative methods, including GIS expertise. Stephanie also has ... Read More



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