President and CEO
Kevin Boes has served as the President and CEO of New Markets Support Company (NMSC) since January 2011. He is responsible for the oversight and management of the company and has led the expansion of LISC's New Markets business to include syndication and CDE services. Prior to his current role, Kevin served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of National Equity Fund (NEF) and continues to support NEF’s work in an advisory role. Prior to joining NEF, he founded Boes Consulting and serviced real estate clients, and worked at KPMG, LLP in its real estate assurance and financial services consulting practices.
Senior Vice President and COO
Bob Poznanski has managed LISC’s New Markets program since it received its first allocation in 2003. He oversees the underwriting of transactions for LISC’s allocation and for syndication to investors. Prior to his New Markets work, Bob spent 10 years as a program director for Rural LISC and a program officer in LISC's Kalamazoo program. Prior to joining LISC, he provided consulting services relating to the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program and represented issuers and underwriters of tax-exempt bonds.
Senior Vice President and CFO
Matt Huber oversees NMSC’s asset management, funds management, and accounting operations, including LISC's NMTC investments. Prior to joining NMSC, he worked at NEF, where he was the controller in charge of fund accounting for NEF's 1,600+ LIHTC investment portfolio. Matt began his career at KPMG in 1995 where he was a manager in the Chicago Real Estate Audit Practice. Matt is a CPA and belongs to numerous working groups focusing on the NMTC industry.
Senior Vice President, Business Development
As head of business development, Steve is focused on growing NMSC’s lines of business and pursuing strategic partnership opportunities. He leads the Fund Management team, which creates, structures, and manages NMTC-enhanced funds and small business loan funds to help our partners meet their economic development goals. He was previously head of Fund Management at the National Equity Fund, where his group structured funds that invested more than $8 billion in multifamily affordable housing. Prior to NEF, Steve worked at Salomon Smith Barney. Steve graduated from the University of Richmond with a B.S. in Business Administration and is a CFA charterholder. Outside of business development, Steve enjoys eating tacos, golfing and playing tennis, and exploring Evanston with his wife, Nicole, and their three young children.
Mark Leitson is responsible for overseeing the closing of LISC’s NMTC investments and addressing post-closing NMTC legal and compliance-related matters. He previously provided investor-related legal and compliance services for NEF's LIHTC program. Prior to joining NMSC and NEF, Mark maintained his own legal practice, which focused on LIHTC and NMTC transactions. He was previously Counsel for Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal (now SNR Denton) and Vice President and Deputy Counsel of NEF. Mark is admitted to practice law in Illinois.
Vice President, Small Business Lending
Steve Hall is Vice President of Small Business Lending, responsible for providing lending solutions and personalized business coaching to entrepreneurs to enable them to start or grow their businesses. At NMSC, he has overseen the development of LISC Small Business' Impact Lending and SBA Community Advantage programs and the expansion of LISC's other small business offerings. Prior to joining the team in March 2017, Steve was Vice President of Small Business at Accion Chicago from 2014 to 2016 and Vice President and Regional Manager at Charter One Bank from 2004 to 2014, receiving top lending awards while at both organizations. Before starting his career in banking, he was Major Accounts Manager at Konica Minolta Copiers (via CDS Office Technologies), small business owner at Tavo Enterprises, and Business Manager in the Office of Student Affairs at Florida A&M University, his alma mater. Steve is the president of the local chapter of FAMU alumni. As an entrepreneur himself, Steve has met many of the same challenges that other small business owners confront.
Vice President, Asset Management
Andy is responsible for managing the real estate and other investment assets, including assessing risks for each asset and proactively engaging asset owners to address issues. Andy has a degree in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics and Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Wisconsin Madison and brings six years of experience in analyzing and underwriting commercial mortgage-backed securities.
Vice President, Fund Management
Brynn joined NMSC in June 2017 to grow our fund management services. Prior to joining our team, Brynn was Vice President of Advantage Capital's firm structuring group for four years, where she originated funds, oversaw asset management, and worked with investment partners and portfolio companies. She previously worked at U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation as an asset manager responsible for the group's $1.5 billion state and federal NMTC program. Brynn serves as a court appointed special advocate with Voices for Children. Brynn graduated magna cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she received her B.S.B.A with an emphasis in finance. She has an M.B.A. from Southeast Missouri State University.
Director, Small Business Lending
Eric joined NMSC in 2016. He leads the Impact Lending program, a Boston-based small business lending and capacity building program in partnership with Northeastern University. In this capacity, he originates small business loans and provides technical assistance to existing small businesses with a focus on job creation in Boston's underserved communities. Eric draws from 13 years of capital markets and capacity building experience with small and medium sized businesses. His background includes middle market investment banking at Jefferies, equity and mezzanine funding at American Capital, small business impact investing at Root Capital, and small business lending at Indivisible. He holds a B.A. and B.S. from Boston College and an M.P.P. from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where he was a Charles Edison Fellow.
Kelsey originates, underwrites, and closes NMTC investments for our Midwest and West Coast LISC programs and manages the Small Business Loan Fund and Growing Rural Communities Fund. Prior to joining NMSC in 2012, she interned with the CDFI Fund's NMTC program, served in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica as a Rural Community Development Volunteer, and worked in non-profit accounting for two years. Kelsey has an M.B.A. from Michigan's Ross School of Business and is a volunteer tax preparer for the Center of Economic Progress. We can safely say she is the only person on our team to have hiked part of Mount Everest.
Will Lanier helps identify and underwrite potential investments, handling East Coast and Healthy Futures Fund transactions. Prior to joining NMSC, Will worked on the New Markets Tax Credit team at the Nonprofit Finance Fund in asset management, compliance, and administrative functions. Previously, Will worked on the lending team at Accion, a microfinance institution. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Bard College.
Laura helps to manage NMSC’s portfolio of NMTC investments, manages the Capital Access Fund of Cleveland, and leads the development of NewDL 2.0, NMSC’s NMTC software. She earned her M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, where she concentrated in financial analysis and served as Fundraising Chair for the school’s Net Impact chapter. Prior to business school, Laura worked in nonprofit development for four years. Originally from Chevy Chase, Maryland, Laura is a diehard Nationals fan, which frequently puts her at odds with her Chicago coworkers. She is also an avid podcast listener and trivia champion.
Rebecca helps to oversee NMSC's NMTC investments, ensures their ongoing compliance with NMTC program requirements, and manages our community impact data reporting. Rebecca has more than seven years of experience working in residential property management and is knowledgeable in real estate operations, property management, reporting, analytics, financials, and compliance. She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and received her Master’s in Finance from Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business in 2017. Rebecca lives in Chicago, where she can be found walking her two lovable miniature shar peis and spending as much time in the sun as possible.
Natalie Rackett is responsible for accounting, reporting, treasury, and loan servicing for the CDEs and investment funds under NMSC management. Natalie also works with the asset management group to proactively address compliance and operational issues of projects under management. She earned a master’s degree from Keller Graduate School of Management in business administration and accounting, and an undergraduate degree from Moscow State, Russia. Prior to joining NMSC, Natalie worked as a senior accountant at NEF where she performed corporate accounting, financial statement preparation, audit preparation support, and other accounting related tasks.
Assistant Accounting Manager
Jay Ricker joined our accounting team in June 2017. Jay previously worked in public accounting for four years and in accounting for a manufacturing company for two years. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a bachelor's in accounting and a minor in Spanish. He is a CPA. Jay is a self-proclaimed cheesehead and has a cheesehead that he has never worn within the city limits of Chicago. He enjoys playing golf and guitar and exploring new restaurants with his girlfriend.
Jessica Sanchez is responsible for a variety of accounting functions at NMSC, including quarterly and annual financial reporting for NMTC entities under management. She graduated from Robert Morris University in 2008 with a degree in Business Administration/Accounting. Prior to joining NMSC, Jessica worked as a staff accountant for Vienna Beef LTD, in the accounting department of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, and has more than five years of experience in the insurance industry.
Business Development Manager
Brent Kuennen is responsible for all third-party fund management activities and assists in developing and implementing various lines of business for external customers. Prior to joining NMSC in January 2016, Brent was a Fund Manager at National Equity Fund where he helped structure and manage funds that invested nearly $10 billion in multifamily affordable housing. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics, finance, and real estate from the University of Northern Iowa.
Business Development Associate
Madeleine works on NMSC's small business services, facilitating its partnership with Kiva and helping to maintain social media channels, websites, and marketing materials. She previously worked for the Illinois State Board of Education, where she drafted communications materials and provided other research assistance. Madeleine graduated with a bachelor's degree from Princeton University.
Marketing and Communications Associate
Virginia is a marketing associate, helping to communicate our work and impacts to the outside world. She designs print collateral, writes content for our websites, brainstorms strategic marketing initiatives to increase awareness of NMSC’s work, and more. She recently graduated with a degree in religious studies from Princeton, where she also volunteered with the Princeton Disability Awareness group to foster education and inclusion. Virginia is originally from Center, Texas and now resides in Chicago’s Wicker Park, where she is on the look-out for the best cup of locally brewed coffee and the coziest place to read. She is a fan of George Saunders, Kendrick Lamar, and every dog she has ever met.
Justin joined NMSC as an analyst after graduating from the University of Dayton in 2017, where he majored in finance and minored in marketing. He previously interned as a business analyst in PNC Bank’s mortgage department, where he worked to review and improve their loan processes. Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Justin is a proud fan of almost all Chicago sports teams and the UD basketball team. After working at a hardware store in his hometown for several summers, he is also quite the handyman.
Business Development Officer
Rogelio is passionate about helping business owners get the financing they need, working with them to secure capital through the SBA Community Advantage and 504 programs. He has worked in business development for the past 13 years, including ten years at Charter One Bank and three years at US Bank. Before starting his career as a banker, Rogelio worked at his parents’ grocery store while attending DePaul University. As the son of small business owners, Rogelio understands the struggles entrepreneurs face and the importance of access to capital. When he is not busy meeting with borrowers, he loves spending time with his wife and twins and playing the occasional round of golf.
Small Business Lending Associate
Maggie Salisbury assists NMSC's small business services team. She recently graduated from Princeton University in June 2015 with a degree in history and concentrated in U.S. studies.
Small Business Lending Associate
Emily works directly with small business owners applying for financing from LISC, helping them secure capital through the SBA Community Advantage program. Emily is passionate about helping women and entrepreneurs of color grow their businesses and is invested in diversity and inclusion work throughout Chicago. She previously interned at the Kaleidoscope Group and Davidoff Strategy and serves on the board of Tomorrow’s Truth, a young professionals-driven organization focused on changing the workplace for millennials and providing personal branding opportunities for its members. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2016 with her B.B.A. in Economics and is currently pursuing her M.B.A. and a Masters Certificate in Business Ethics. Emily is a huge fan of the Hamilton musical, and would gladly see it weekly if she could.
Claudia joined the LISC Small Business team in April 2017 as a loan processor. She has worked in small business lending for 11 years, with experience processing loans, filing collateral, setting up funds, and helping business owners access capital. Claudia previously worked at Accion Chicago as an intake specialist and later as an operations associate. She graduated from Fox College in Oak Lawn, Illinois in 2004, where she studied Business Administration.
Executive Administrative Assistant
Maria Castillo assists the NMSC team by handling administrative responsibilities for the acquisitions, asset management, legal and accounting staffs. Ms. Castillo has eight years of prior administrative assistant experience in the tax credit industry with NEF.