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


Howard Wial

Senior Vice President and Director of Research

Howard Wial is Senior Vice President and Director of Research at ICIC. A specialist in urban and regional economic development, he is responsible for designing and overseeing a research agenda to promote the revitalization of economically depressed communities. Howard has extensive experience as an economist and economic policy advisor. ... Read More


Oksana Bondar

Vice President and 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


Matt Camp

Senior Advisor

As Senior Advisor to ICIC, Matt supports the executive team on strategic planning and decision-making. Matt also provides guidance to ICIC’s Urban Business Initiatives and historical context to ICIC’s past Research and Advisory work. Matt will also continue to support business development opportunities for ICIC. Matt served in a variety of ... Read More


Kim Zeuli

Senior Fellow, Research and Advisory Practice

Kim Zeuli is a Senior Fellow at ICIC. Prior to transitioning to this position, Kim was Senior Vice President and Director of the Research and Advisory Practice at ICIC from 2013 through June 2018. As a Senior Fellow, Kim is responsible for managing a strategic portion of ICIC’s portfolio of ... Read More


Sonia Moin

Senior Director, Urban Business Initiatives

As senior director of urban business initiatives, Sonia manages ICIC’s partnership with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and Santander Bank’s Cultivate Small Business programs. 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 ... Read More


Kate Allgrove

Senior Advisor

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


Diego Portillo Mazal

Director of Inner City Capital Connections

As a Director on the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) team, Diego plays an important role in ICCC’s cohort management, including the development of recruitment strategies, designing internal team goals, analyzing recruitment channels, and cultivating relationships with inner city CEOs across the U.S. Before joining ICIC, Diego worked as a Registered Representative ... Read More


Liz Pugh

Director of Development

Liz Pugh serves as the director of development, 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


Jacqueline Rodriguez

Director of Talent and Culture

Jacqueline serves as ICIC’S Director of Talent and Culture. Born and raised in Boston, Jacqueline grew up in Roxbury where the ICIC office is located. She has worked in local non-profits for the majority of her career, and is very familiar with the diverse culture in the area. Jacqueline has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in ... Read More


Michael Shore

Director of Data Strategy and Integration

As a Senior Associate of the Inner City Capital Connections program, Michael Shore is responsible for assisting in the development of the program’s scope, strategy, content, and data. He is also responsible for building coalitions in local markets with civic, not for profit and corporate stakeholders. Prior to ICIC, Mike was ... Read More


Zach Nieder

Associate Director of Research and Advisory Practice

Zach is a skilled researcher, with broad, practical experience in advancing place-based economic development policy and planning. As the Associate Director of Research and Advisory at ICIC, he directs and manages a number of projects focused on catalyzing inner city economic growth, developing innovative anchor engagement strategies, and growing urban ... Read More


Kelsey Ray

Deputy Director, Urban Business Initiatives

As Deputy Director, 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 for Nokia within the project management and business management departments. Before that, Kelsey worked as the Country Director of Business Development for ... 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


Danielle Anderson

Analyst, Urban Business Initiatives

As an Analyst on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses team, Danielle focuses on the implementation of the program’s outreach, recruitment, application, and selection processes. Prior to ICIC, Danielle worked on the PR team at CTP, a Boston-based marketing agency, where she created strategies and identified industry trends to generate media ... Read More


Lauren Cataldo

Analyst, Urban Business Initiatives

In her role as an urban business initiatives analyst, Lauren works with both the Inner City 100 and Santander Cultivate Small Business programs. Her focus includes the application and selection process, and the organizing and planning of events for both programs within ICIC. Prior to ICIC, Lauren co-oped at BritishAmerican Business ... Read More


Monica Chenier

Analyst, Urban Business Initiatives

As an Analyst on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses team, Monica focuses on the implementation of the program’s outreach, recruitment, application, and selection processes. Prior to working at ICIC, Monica worked in the environmental sector, including a 2-month field research project in Costa Rica where she developed a directed research project ... Read More


Nicaela Chinnaswamy

Associate, Urban Business Initiatives

As an urban business initiatives associate, Nicaela Chinnaswamy’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, Nicaela worked on statewide and congressional political campaigns in Massachusetts where she implemented and analyzed polling data to direct campaign staff and resources ... Read More


Kaitlyn Cimenian

Analyst, Urban Business Initiatives

As an analyst on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses team, Kaitlyn focuses on the implementation of the program’s outreach, recruitment, and selection processes. Prior to ICIC, Kaitlyn worked for Ararat Jewelers helping the company re-develop their website, business, and media strategy, and for Mercy Corps as a Business Development Intern. Kaitlyn ... Read More


Peter Eberhardt

Analyst, Research and Advisory Practice

As a research analyst at ICIC, Peter utilizes academic and applied practice to support and lead a number of research and advisory projects. A skilled data and survey analyst Peter assists with the ongoing management and operationalization of ICIC’s Inner City 100 alumni database, identifying and disseminating core insights drawn ... Read More


Natalie Gould

Senior Program Coordinator, Inner City Capital Connections

As Senior Program Coordinator on the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) Team, Natalie is responsible for building relationships with inner city CEOs and members of the small business community across the country. She also supports the program through contributions in data and engagement. Prior to joining ICIC, Natalie completed a year of ... Read More


Jay Gray

Analyst, Research and Advisory Practice

As an analyst on the Research and Advisory team, Jay is responsible for both qualitative and quantitative research used to develop insights on urban and inner city economies. He has supported efforts on a number of research and advisory projects spanning the breadth of ICIC’s research focus including work on ... Read More


Julie Kent

Communications Associate

As the Communications Associate, Julie works closely with senior leadership to develop ICIC’s brand by supporting the organization’s robust dissemination and engagement initiatives. Prior to joining ICIC, Julie helped develop and build a startup within BCG Digital Ventures in San Francisco, where she managed communications for the entrepreneur in residence program. ... Read More


Nadia Larasati

Senior Program Coordinator, Inner City Capital Connections

As Senior Program Coordinator on the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) Team, Nadia is responsible for building relationships with inner city CEOs and members of the small business community across the country. She also supports the program through contributions in communications and engagement. Prior to joining ICIC, Nadia volunteered at the ... Read More


Vi Mai

Senior Program Coordinator, Inner City Capital Connections

As Senior Program Coordinator on the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) Team, Vi partners with key stakeholders to identify and recruit businesses for the ICCC programs in Boston, Springfield, MA, and Philadelphia. She’s also responsible for the production of the annual impact report and oversees efforts around data management and process optimization. Prior ... Read More


Maggie McDonough

Senior Associate, Urban Business Initiatives

In her role as an urban business initiatives Senior Associate, Maggie works on implementation and organization of both the Inner City 100 and Santander Cultivate Small Business programs. Her focus includes the application and selection process, and the organizing and planning of events for both programs within ICIC. Prior to joining ... Read More


Chris Miller

Analyst, Urban Business Initiatives

As an Analyst on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses team, Chris focuses on the implementation of the program’s outreach, recruitment, application, and selection processes. Prior to ICIC Chris worked as a business to government sales development representative at ClearGov, a Massachusetts based software company. There he aided the company’s outreach ... Read More


Marynee Pontes

Senior Program Coordinator, Inner City Capital Connections

As Senior Program Coordinator on the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) team, Marynee is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders to recruit business owners for the ICCC programs in Hartford, CT, Chicago, and Memphis. In addition, Marynee oversees all ICCC-related communication, including managing ICCC social media channels. In addition ... Read More


Amber Reano

Program Coordinator, Inner City Capital Connections

As a Program Coordinator on the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) Team, Amber is responsible for building relationships with inner city CEOs and members of the small business community across the country. Prior to joining ICIC, Amber worked as an Executive Assistant for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico, a ... Read More


Derek Sexton

Program Coordinator, Inner City Capital Connections

As a Program Coordinator on the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) Team, Derek is responsible for building relationships with inner city CEOs and members of the small business community across the country. Prior to joining ICIC, Derek worked as a Research Associate for Nockamixon Impact Development, an early stage social impact consultancy.  ... Read More


Chris Scott

Analyst, Research and Advisory Practice

Chris brings a diverse skillset and background in academic research, local government policy, and socioeconomic data analysis to ICIC. As a research analyst, Chris primarily engages on projects relating to economic development and cluster growth and provides support in the form of qualitative and quantitative analysis of inner city economies. Prior ... Read More


Alejandro Sutphen

Development Associate, Corporate and Foundation Relations

Alejandro is the Corporate and Foundation Associate at ICIC, charged with overseeing the cultivation and stewardship of relationships with key investors. In addition, he develops fundraising strategies, crafts grant proposals, manages contract obligations, and maintains ICIC’s CRM database. Prior to ICIC, Alejandro worked at IBA – Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion ... Read More


Maria Tata

Program Coordinator, Inner City Capital Connections

As a Program Coordinator on the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) Team, Maria is responsible for building relationships with inner city CEOs and members of small business communities across the country. Prior to joining ICIC, Maria interned at Graduate Women International (GWI) in Geneva, Switzerland. GWI is a non-governmental organization working to ... Read More


Devon Yee

Senior Analyst, Research and Advisory Practice

As a senior analyst on the Research and Advisory team, Devon is a key contributor to ICIC’s foundational research on inner cities, including work on the definition of an inner city and on inner cities’ economic and social conditions. Working with Census data and GIS mapping tools, Devon applies expertise ... Read More



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