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. He has ... 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


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


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 Director of Data Strategy and Integration, Michael Shore is responsible for formulating ICIC’s overall data strategy, and developing ways to use that data to help optimize programs throughout the organization.  He is also responsible for managing ICIC’s Customer Relationship Management system (Salesforce) and helping drive greater integration of processes ... 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


Anna Marie Cruz

Western Regional Manager, Inner City Capital Connections

Anna Marie Cruz serves as the Western Regional Manager on the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) team, cultivating relationships with entrepreneurship ecosystem leaders, liaising with funding partners, and recruiting small business owners for the ICCC program. Prior to joining ICIC, Anna Marie Cruz was a community loan officer for leading mission-based ... 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


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

Senior Associate, Urban Business Initiatives

As an urban business initiatives senior 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 ... 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


Lara Crawford

Staff Accountant

Prior to joining ICIC, Lara led business recruitment and attraction for several large cities throughout the U.S. specifically, Boston, MA and Houston and Austin, TX. Her accomplishments include the attraction of a large international wind turbine energy manufacturer that began a cluster of industry recruits in the clean technology sector ... Read More


Peter Eberhardt

Senior Analyst, Research

As a senior research analyst at ICIC, Peter utilizes academic and applied practice in both quantitative and qualitative methods to support and lead a number of research projects. A skilled data and survey analyst Peter has led and supported numerous entrepreneurship evaluation projects, including ICIC’s evaluation of JPMorgan Chase’s Small ... Read More


Eileen Enright

Associate, Urban Business Initiatives

As an Urban Business Initiatives Associate, Eileen’s primary focus is the implementation of the outreach, recruitment, application, and selection process for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. Prior to ICIC, Eileen was an Associate at World Education, where she provided program and financial management assistance on USAID funded education programs ... Read More


Dustin Farris

Program Coordinator, Inner City Capital Connections

As a Program Coordinator on the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) Team, Dustin is responsible for cultivating relationships with business owners from across the country.  Dustin Farris joins ICIC after a year of service as an AmeriCorps member at CityYear, working in a 4th grade classroom at the Mather Elementary School ... Read More


Maria Gulino

Program Coordinator, Inner City Capital Connections

Maria has a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and statistics, with a minor in business, from Johns Hopkins University. Before joining the ICCC team, Maria interned for CIDA, a nonprofit based in New York City, working to advocate for Korean adults with disabilities. She also worked as a community outreach ... Read More


Jarred Jones

Program Coordinator, Inner City Capital Connections

Prior to joining ICIC, Jarred was an intern in Baltimore’s City Council. Jarred worked under District 1 Councilman Zeke Cohen as an aid in both the Public Safety Committee and in Constituent Services. There he dealt primarily with issues regarding city conduits, water billing, and surveillance. Jarred has also worked as ... 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 partners with key stakeholders to identify and recruit businesses for the ICCC programs in Sacramento, CA, Stockton, CA, and Portland, OR. In addition, Nadia manages the One-on-One Coaching component of the ICCC program by leading efforts around ... Read More


Vi Mai

Senior Associate, Data Strategy and Integration

In her role as Senior Associate, Vi plays a critical role in a variety of existing and new initiatives within ICIC. They include managing recruitment for Inner City 100, spearheading organization-wide continuous improvement efforts, and supporting the organization’s transition to Salesforce and undertaking of special projects. Prior this position, she ... Read More


Paola Martin

Office Manager

Prior to joining ICIC, Paola worked at SBSC billing company and Brooke Charter Schools as an Office Manager providing administrative support to staff and visitors. Originally from Puerto Rico, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Labor Relations. In her free time, Paola volunteers with MA HOBY, a nonprofit organization dedicated ... Read More


Catie Mathias

Program Coordinator, Inner City Capital Connections

As a Program Coordinator on the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) Team, Catie is responsible for building relationships with inner city CEOs and members of small business communities across the country. Prior to joining ICIC, Catie interned at a Public Relations firm that specializes in Silicon Valley tech startups, helping clients ... 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

Lead Program Coordinator, Inner City Capital Connections

As Lead 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

Senior Analyst, Research

Chris brings a diverse skillset and background in academic research, local government policy, and socioeconomic data analysis to ICIC. As a senior 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 ... Read More


Callan Small

Development Analyst, Individual Giving

As the Individual Giving Analyst, Callan serves the Development team through the maintenance and expansion of the individual giving program. In addition, she manages the annual appeals process, acknowledges and tracks gifts, and provides support to the Executive team’s fundraising efforts. Prior to ICIC, Callan worked as a project intern for ... 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


Indhira Taveras

Program Coordinator, Inner City Capital Connections

Prior to joining the ICCC team, Indhira worked with local artists to build their brands and gain exposure in their communities, through social media consulting as well as photography and styling services. Indhira discovered her passion for helping small businesses thrive when she was introduced to a local fashion designer ... Read More


Devon Yee

Senior Analyst, Research

As a senior analyst on the Research 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 in statistics ... Read More



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