Kimberlee is currently the Managing Director of Social Investment Practice at The Kresge Foundation. The Kresge Foundation focuses exclusively on providing grants for non-profit, community building activities in low-income communities and for low income persons. Kimberlee was formerly the Vice President, Investment Management at the Enterprise Social Investment Corporation, a leading syndicator of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, where she has been responsible for the development and structure of equity funds that invest over $500 million annually in affordable housing projects nationwide. Prior to joining ESIC, Kimberlee worked with several other not-for-profit groups including America’s Promise—The Alliance for Youth and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia.
Robin is currently Regional Manager for LaSalle Bank Multifamily Finance Group, a leader in multifamily lending nationwide. Previously Robin was Executive Vice President at J.P. Morgan Chase where she was responsible for working with mortgage correspondents throughout the Midwest to originate real estate loans from $3 million to $100 million on income producing property. Ms. Cero is also an active board member of the Real Estate Investment Association and received her Bachelor of Arts & Science at Western Kentucky University.
Darrell is currently the Director of Business Banking for Urban Partnership Bank, (“UpBank”). UpBank’s mission is to make a difference everyday by building vibrant urban neighborhoods and promoting economic and environmental sustainability. Darrell was formerly the Senior Vice President of Investor Relations at The National Equity Fund, Inc., a non-profit syndicator of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. In this position, Darrell has been responsible for an annual equity raise of $400 million. Darrell is also responsible for investor reporting. Prior to joining NEF, Darrell was the Managing Director of Capital Markets at First Chicago.
Dan is a resident of a low-income community. Previously, Dan served as the Senior Vice-President-Acquisitions at Enterprise Social Investment Corporation where his responsibilities included acquiring properties, raising equity, underwriting, negotiating bridge loans, presenting projects to Investment Committee, and closing partnerships. Prior to joining ESIC, Mr. Mendelson was the Chief of Economic Development/UDAG Coordinator for the Financial Resources Division of the City of Baltimore. He was responsible for generating more than $35 million in competitive federal and state grants for commercial, industrial, and housing projects and managed a $150 million community development loan portfolio. He was instrumental in establishing the Baltimore Community Development Financing Corporation, a $40 million public/private mortgage lending consortium.
Ed Simon serves as senior vice president and chief information officer for the National Equity Fund, Inc. Ed has worked in the tax credit industry since 2001. He created NEF’s first web-based tax credit management system, and is responsible for introducing new technologies keeping the organization at the leading edge of tax credit software. Prior to joining NEF, Ed worked with online retailers helping to expand their online market presence. He also worked on developing a loan management system that is still used today. Simon has an engineering degree from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the Stuart School of Business.
Leon I. Walker
Leon is driven by a mission to develop commercial real estate projects which help to improve and sustain neighborhood life in urban communities. For the past 12 years, he has served as the managing partner of DL3 Realty. Mr. Walker brings a diverse body of professional experience, training, and education to his role as one of Chicago’s most active community developers. At Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) in Los Angeles, he represented Fortune 500 clients in the leasing and development of over one million square feet of office space. Prior to JLL, he worked at Citicorp Securities in the Real Estate Capital Markets Group structuring market debt securities for REITs with market capitalizations in excess of $500 million. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago’s Law School and Booth Graduate School of Business, and he received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan School of Business. He is an avid reader, accomplished bass player, experienced traveler, and serves on numerous community boards. Past and current boards include the Far South CDC, DuSable Museum, Better Boys Foundation, and University of Chicago Court Theatre.