Products & Services


Connie Max, Senior Vice President for Lending 

Connie Max currently serves as LISC’s Senior Vice President of Lending.  Ms. Max leads the daily operations of the lending division including, originations, closings and asset management of its $425 million portfolio.  Ms. Max also supports efforts to raise and deploy special funding sources.  Most recently, Ms. Max served as Vice President and Chief Credit Officer for the Nonprofit Finance Fund managing the approval and portfolio management processes. Previously, she served as the Director of Prudential Financial’s Social Investment Division, managing a portfolio of socially motivated investments of debt, equity and tax credits. 

Prior to joining Prudential, she was a Managing Director with ShoreBank Advisory Services and as an advisor to the International Finance Corporation (IFC), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), in this role she launched and led a three country commercial loan program (Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia).  Her community development work began when she left a mainstream mortgage loan bank position to volunteer in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica.  She speaks Spanish and some Russian, holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a Finance concentration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and a Master’s in International Business Administration from The American Graduate School of International Management. 

Credit Review 

Malini Nayar, Vice President and Chief Credit Officer  

Malini Nayar serves as Vice President and Chief Credit Officer in the Lending Department. She reviews and approves all funding requests across our national footprint. Ms. Nayar chairs LISC’s internal Credit Committee. Malini has over a fifteen years of experience in the CDFI industry having held positions at Enterprise Community Loan Fund, Inc., Nonprofit Finance Fund and Seedco where she was responsible for originating, underwriting and closing loans for the development of affordable housing, charter schools, community health centers and other community facilities and advising community development organizations on a range of capital, financial and project-related issues. In addition to her experience in community development finance, Malini also worked as a strategy consultant at the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Deloitte Consulting and as a financial auditor and international tax consultant in India.  Malini has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh and a BA in Finance from Bangalore University in India. Malini serves on the Board as Treasurer of Compass Charter School, a progressive elementary school in Brooklyn, NY.  

Amanda Ikard, Credit Officer   

Amanda streamlines actions from project conception through loan closing serving as a liaison between field offices and national departments. She oversees the administration of the credit review process, supports fiduciary compliance of LISC’s federal funding sources, and aggregates portfolio data of investments for analysis of project impact. Amanda graduated with a B.A. in English Literature and Abstract Mathematics from Boston College. As a native of Colorado, she loves anything outdoors and spends most of her days escaping to local coffee shops and used bookstores to further foster her problematic consumption of caffeine. 

Jacky Cheng, Credit Analyst 

Jacky is responsible for managing the loan origination and pipeline process, performing credit risk analysis, supporting LISC’s local offices in their lending efforts, and aggregating portfolio data for special projects. Jacky graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Business and a minor in Public Service from Hampden-Sydney College. In his downtime, Jacky manages his company Pan, a socially responsible business that has donated over 3,000 textbooks to the Christ-Roi School in Les Cayes, Haiti.   

National Underwriters

Pedro Gomez, National Underwriter 

Pedro Gomez underwrites loans nationally for LISC. Prior to joining LISC, he managed the loan portfolio at Seedco Financial Services/Trufund Financial Services, a CDFI small business and nonprofit lender in New York City. He also worked at the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, where he directed the lending and grant programs targeting for-profit and nonprofit organizations willing to invest in the Bronx Empowerment Zone. He has an MBA from NYU, and a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech. He particularly enjoys reading, biking and writing bios. 

Shannon Sheets, National Underwriter 

Shannon supports local offices with underwriting, structuring and closing loans. She holds a B.S. degree in Finance from Milliken University in Decatur, Illinois. Shannon is based in Hawaii and in her free time enjoys all that Hawaii has to offer – surfing, stand-up paddling and hiking. And when Shannon is not enjoying the outdoors or cranking out credit memos, she writes novels! She self-published her first novel (for those of you that enjoy psychological thrillers, check it out at and is hoping to pick up an agent for her next book. 

Noam Hurvitz-Prinz, National Underwriter 

Noam Gross-Prinz joined LISC in 2014 after working for New York City based nonprofits for four years and operating an urban planning and nonprofit management consulting practice for two years. In his role as Senior Program Officer at LISC, he manages LISC Greater Cincinnati’s lending activity and provides technical assistance to partners in support of community development initiatives. He also provides lending support to local staff in other cities and underwrites loans for community development partners across the country. Noam has played a key role in advancing the Greater Cincinnati office’s organizing around affordable housing, including supervising the creation of the Housing Affordability in Hamilton County report and ongoing advocacy with local partners and municipal leaders. Noam has a B.A. in architecture and urban design from Hampshire College and a Master of Urban Planning from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. 

Norman Trepner, National Underwriter 

Norman Trepner joined LISC in May 2018 as a Program Officer for the Connecticut office, and he moved to the National Underwriting team in March of 2019. Prior to joining LISC, Norman was a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Bank of America, where he worked in the commercial real estate workout group and later in community development banking. While in BofA’s community development banking group, he was the Bank’s representative on the Connecticut Statewide Local Advisory Committee. Norman has a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. In his spare time, Norman enjoys reading, volunteering in a Bridgeport, CT, elementary school, and cycling.

Barbara Beck, National Underwriter

Barb joined the Lending team after many years working as the Director of Financial Services and Underwriting in the Chicago office. Logging those miles, she’s ended up (at the moment) holding the title at LISC for underwriting the highest number of loans. Barb has a Masters in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois, Chicago.  She has lived in the Greater Chicago area for much of her life. When she is not underwriting loans, she enjoys traveling, which often involves hiking and camping in the mountains, or exploring cities abroad.


Emma Bowles, Loan Closing Specialist 

Emma facilitates the closing process of the loan, works with borrowers, program staff and LISC Legal to ensure that all the necessary closing documentation is received and all closing conditions are met. She is responsible for sending the Loan Approval Notification Letter, tracking the Good Faith Fees, and managing on-going disbursements on predevelopment and working capital lines of credit. In her free time, Emma enjoys spending time with her family.  

DeQuander Coles-Giscombe, Construction Analyst 

DeQuander acts as the closing agent for LISC loans. She is responsible for collecting and reviewing documents and identifying any potential issues. She facilitates communication between various parties in the loan closing process. She also serves as a resource to national and local staff. DeQuander has over 10 years of legal experience and a B.A. from Empire State College. In her free time, DeQuander enjoys being a band mom and volunteering at various non-profits.  

Eleni (Lena) Foteinaki, Loan Closing Specialist

Lena supports loan closing and the post-closing processes. She works closely with borrowers, program officers, and the legal team, to ensure that all loan requirements are satisfied and that loan documentation is complete and accurate. Outside LISC, she is pursuing a degree in Fine Arts, while also trying to master the French language and attending as many concerts as she can afford.

Asset Management 

Mary Kursar, Director of Asset Management 

Mary is responsible for the supervision of the management of LISC’s closed and funded or partially-funded portfolio. Mary’s duties include analyzing and monitoring the outstanding portfolio as well as restructuring and managing nonperforming assets. Mary holds a B.A. and M.S. in Real Estate Finance from NYU. Mary is a self-professed tech geek who has never met an Apple product she didn’t buy.  

Brysan Brown, Loan Monitoring Officer 

Brysan is the Asset Manager for several LISC regional programs, ranging from Chicago to Phoenix. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University. He enjoys exploring the cheap eats of NYC, visiting museums, and rooting on his favorite sports teams. 

Divya Sashti, Loan Monitoring Officer

Divya provides ongoing oversight and monitoring for a portion of the loan portfolio.  Divya graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from New York University and has spent nearly a decade in the nonprofit sector.  She previously worked with Seedco as a contract compliance manager and then as a New Markets Tax Credit Program Associate for Trufund Financial Services, and most recently, Nonprofit Finance Fund.  She is deeply passionate about libraries as crucial community institutions and proudly serves as co-chair of the Brooklyn Public Library’s young professional group, the Brooklyn Eagles.

Samantha Creath, Loan Monitoring Officer

Samantha is the Asset Manager for several LISC regional programs. She provides ongoing oversight and monitoring of the loan portfolio, covering the West Coast regions, as well as various local offices ranging from Texas to Rhode Island. Samantha has a BA from Vassar College, and an MPA from the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service where she specialized in social impact, innovation, and investment. Outside of the office, Samantha is an avid ultra-marathoner, who enjoys traveling and exploring new places on foot. 

National Lending & Business Development 

Robin Halsband, Senior Director of Business Development  

Robin manages business development for the lending team. Robin has twenty years of experience dedicated to community economic development and finance. She has a BA from Brown University in the very practical subject of French Literature and an MBA from Yale School of Management. When she’s not working, Robin is most likely to be hanging out with her husband and son at a Nationals game, or taking long walks with her beloved beagle, Desi (named after former Nats player Ian Desmond.) 

Eva Rainer-Schweitzer, Director of Health Finance  

Eva Rainer Schweitzer is Director of Health Finance at LISC.  She comes to LISC with a depth of finance and community development experience.   As an originator at NCB Capital Impact and as VP of Lending at City First Bank of DC, Eva transitioned her private sector finance and structuring experience into investments in community projects that included charter schools, small local businesses and community health centers.  She served as Deputy Director of LISC’s Educational Facilities Financing Center, and was the Director of Lending and Portfolio Management at Building Hope.  She earned a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Eva has served on numerous non-profit boards and committees, and currently spends her volunteer time organizing 5K fundraisers.    

Steve Hall, Senior Director for Economic Development Lending & Small Business 

Steve Hall is responsible for providing lending solutions and personalized business coaching to entrepreneurs to enable them to start or grow their businesses. At LISC, he has supported the development of LISC Economic Development Lending and supports our new SBA 7a affiliate “immito” and LISC's other lending offerings. Steve loves small businesses because he has owner or invested in several. As an entrepreneur, Steve has owned a moving company, promotional company, t-shirt company and a snow cone stand. The snow cone stand was the most profitable and generally supported Steve’s other ventures.  

Anna Smukowski, Senior Manager, Investor Relations & Lending Operations  

Anna develops and structures public-private partnerships for LISC. This includes managing applications to the CDFI Fund and the delivery of services for LISC’s Pay for Success initiative, a new financing tool that allows governments and the private sector to partner with and fund nonprofit organizations that have preventive and long-term benefits. Prior to this role, Anna worked as LISC’s Credit Officer and began her career at Deloitte Consulting with a focus in finance, pharmaceuticals and sustainability. She holds a B.S. in Finance and Economics from NYU and is pursuing her MBA at Columbia University. In her spare time, she likes to sail—that is, when she's not off running marathons in cities across the country. 

Jessica Hanmer, Manager for Economic Development Lending & Small Business

Jessica is responsible for training and business development related to LISC economic development lending. This includes raising grant funds for credit enhancement and conducting compliance reporting. A Massachusetts native, Jessica attended Boston University for her BA in international relations. She grew tired of the cold and moved to Washington, D.C., earning her MA in public administration from George Washington University and MS in real estate development and finance from the George Mason University. Jessica is an adventurer becoming a certified open water scuba diver. When’s she’s not exploring the oceans, she's usually spending time with family, friends, or a good book.