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


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


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


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


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


Diego Portillo Mazal

Director, Urban Business Initiatives

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, 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


Michael Shore

Director, 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


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


Zach Nieder

Associate Director, Research and Advisory

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


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


Andrea Sotomayor

Manager

Andrea is based in Los Angeles and serves as the Manager of ICIC’s Western Region. Her principal role is to maintain and develop ICIC’s growing relationships in California and other western cities, as ICIC continues to expand across the country. She also plays a key role in managing the Inner ... 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


Peter Eberhardt

Analyst, Research and Advisory

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

Analyst, Urban Business Initiatives

As an Analyst 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

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


Samantha Hyde

HR and Business Operations Associate

As ICIC’s HR and Business Operations Associate, Samantha Hyde is responsible for a diverse set of Human Resources and Operational 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


Jessica Kaufman

Analyst, Urban Business Initiatives

As an analyst on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses team, Jessica Kaufman focuses on implementation of the program’s outreach, recruitment, and selection processes. Prior to ICIC, Jessica interned for the benefit corporation Kuli Kuli Foods, America’s leading supplier of the superfood moringa which is sourced from smallholder farmers in the developing world. ... 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

Analyst, Urban Business Initiatives

As an Analyst 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 Social ... Read More


Vi Mai

Associate, Urban Business Initiatives

As an Associate 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 to ... Read More


Maggie McDonough

Associate, Urban Business Initiatives

In her role as an urban business initiatives analyst, 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 ICIC, ... Read More


Christie McQueen

As a part of the Administration team, Christie is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the ICIC office and assists with special projects.  Prior to joining ICIC, Christie worked in Higher Education for over twenty years.  Christie has a Master’s of Science in Management from Simmons School of Management and ... Read More


Margaret Phan

Associate, Development

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


Marynee Pontes

Associate, Urban Business Initiatives

As an Associate 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


Kelsey Ray

Senior Associate, Urban Business Initiatives

As an urban business initiatives senior 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 for Nokia within the project management and business management departments. Before that, Kelsey worked as the Country Director ... Read More


Amber Reano

Analyst, Urban Business Initiatives

As an Analyst 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


Nathan Root

Analyst, Urban Business Initiatives

As an Analyst on the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) Team, Nate is responsible for building relationships with inner city CEOs and members of the small business community across the country. He also supports the program through contributions in data and engagement. Nate is originally from Denver, Colorado but moved to ... Read More


Derek Sexton

Analyst, Urban Business Initiatives

As an Analyst 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

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

Corporate and Foundation Associate

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

Analyst, Urban Business Initiatives

As an Analyst 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

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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