Community Capital Advisors was founded on the vision that foundation capital can be leveraged in new and innovative ways to meet the changing paradigm of economics.
Our mission is to provide community and institutional foundations nationwide with leading insight, services, and partnership to accelerate their mission. We specialize in community loan funds.
Marc is the former Program Director for Loans and Affordable Housing at Marin Community Foundation (MCF). While at MCF Marc invested more than $50 million in Marin-based nonprofits during a 12 year period with a 0% default rate.
Marc also developed one of the nation’s first donor development strategies connected to impact investing while at MCF and was able to increase loan capital five-fold from $5 million to $25 million.
Marc served six years as a Board Member, two as Board Chair, for Opportunity Fund, a small business CDFI micro-loan fund with assets over $75 million.
Marc is a sought after expert and public speaker having spoken at several national conferences on nonprofit lending, including serving as guest lecturer at the Haas School of Business, University of Southern California, and the Aspen Institute.
Theresa supports Community Capital Advisors with portfolio management and internal operations. Previously she was at Avivar Capital where she managed internal operations and conducted investment due diligence and client portfolio management. Prior she supported a $50M impact portfolio at Omidyar Network, worked in SME Private Equity at the IFC, supported the Market Dynamics team at Results for Development, and served as a Kiva Fellow working to launch Kiva’s US-based micro finance platform. Before Kiva, she served in the U.S. Peace Corps in the Republic of Georgia and Costa Rica.
Theresa holds an MBA and MA in Global Affairs from Yale University where she was a Forte Fellow, Executive Director of the Yale Journal of International Affairs, and co-chair of the Yale Philanthropy Conference. She earned her BS in finance and in interdisciplinary business management with a marketing minor, magna cum laude, from Miami University.
As a seasoned finance executive, Sarah Bennett has 20 years of non-profit underwriting and portfolio management experience at Wells Fargo. While at Wells, she was a Senior Vice President in the Community Lending and Investment Division and grew its Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) portfolio from $25 million to $125 million. This portfolio included a wide range of borrowers from large national lenders to small rural CDFIs receiving their first lending capital.
Sarah also has product development experience designing new debt and equity products for her non-profit clients. In addition, Sarah served on the Loan Committee for the Loan Income Investment Fund for nine years and on the board of a non-profit homeless agency for five years.
Her career passion is getting capital into communities that need it the most by using prudent and innovative products. Sarah has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Stanford University and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Elizabeth Maxwell is a creative producer, writer, and director with 15 years experience in the arts, events/media, and the impact economy.
A New Orleans native, Elizabeth's winding professional path has led her to spend significant time in New York City, Philadelphia, Italy/Europe, and South Africa and hold leadership positions in innovative start-ups such as the Artistic Director of the Art Monastery Project (www.artmonastery.org) and Chief Dot Connector with the non-governmental U.S. Department of Arts & Culture (www.usdac.us).
Most recently, Elizabeth worked with Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) to produce industry-leading content on impact investing via the national SOCAP 365 event series, curating 40+ events in 9 cities across the U.S., and co-hosting the company's first podcast, “Money + Meaning” (www.socialcapitalmarkets.net).
An award-winning theatre director, public speaker, and systems thinker, she is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at the University of New Orleans and is a 2019 Women4Climate Fellow.
Ronel is a Financial Analyst Intern for both Community Capital Advisors and American Nonprofits. He is currently completing a Bachelor's degree in Economics at University of California Santa Cruz and will be pursuing a Master's in Analytics at Northeastern University beginning in September 2020.
"I have a passion for data/financial analysis as well as statistics/machine learning. This internship has begun to expand my knowledge in these fields and it has been a real honor to work with the people at this organization. They are all very down to earth, kind, compassionate, and flexible. I can say from first hand experience that they truly have a heart for helping out other nonprofit organizations and their endeavors. I hope to continue to learn more during my time at this internship while also being a part of helping organizations out for their financial impacts in their specific areas."
William is the newest addition to the Community Capital Advisors and American Nonprofits team. He is an experienced programmer with a diverse educational background. Will holds a certification in computer science from El Camino College and is currently attending University of California, Santa Cruz for mathematics, economics, and statistics. After earning his undergraduate degree, he plans to pursue a career in actuarial science.
“As a financial analyst intern, my goal is to build my data analysis capacity, familiarize myself with the financial side of nonprofits, and strengthen my communication skills. I have an interest in actuarial studies as it encompasses my assorted educational background. Having experience with a data-driven nonprofit advisor and exposure to nonprofit risk analysis gives me an advantage in my prospective field. The work that Community Capital Advisors and American Nonprofits do for community finance is vital, especially given current circumstances amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Understanding the arduous process of lending to other nonprofits and seeing the ripple effects gives me an appreciation for the work that we do.”