Our Team

Working towards justice

Our team is committed to putting their expertise to work for underserved communities. We share a desire for excellence and for justice; where these two values intersect is where we work.

Elyse D. Cherry

CEO BlueHub Capital President President, Boston Community Venture Fund, Aura Mortgage Advisors and NSP Residential

Elyse Cherry has served as the CEO of BlueHub Capital since 1997. Under her leadership, BlueHub has invested over $2.4 billion, and leveraged an additional $12 billion, to help build healthy communities across the US. She is an active civic and business leader and a member of several boards.

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Adam Beattie

Operations Manager Foreclosure Relief | BlueHub SUN 617.933.5854

Adam brings both industry expertise and public sector acumen to his role, in which he manages the operations of BlueHub’s foreclosure relief program, BlueHub SUN.

Adam has over 20 years’ experience in the mortgage industry in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Prior to BlueHub, Adam worked as a housing counselor, for a mortgage brokerage and as a fair housing investigator with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Adam graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with bachelor’s degrees in economics and Japanese. He also holds a master’s of public affairs from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Adam’s Massachusetts mortgage loan officer license number is NMLS #317331.

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Cynthia Bowab

Senior Director of Digital Citizenship Financing | One Percent for America 617.404.9790

Cynthia is responsible for the One Percent for America (OPA) digital marketing program and digital platform. The OPA digital platform empowers every American, current and future, either as a supporter, investor or borrower to remove the financial barriers to citizenship.

Cynthia is a product management and digital marketing professional with over 25 years of experience. Throughout her career her work has been anchored in performance metrics and value creation. Her experience with organizations ranges from start-ups to well-established. Most recently, as an Agency Managing Director, she oversaw the inbound and content marketing digital consulting services for world-class brands such as the Mayo Clinic, Facebook, eBay and Crate and Barrel.

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Elyse D. Cherry

CEO Senior Management 617.427.3657

Elyse Cherry has served as the CEO of BlueHub Capital since 1997. Under Cherry’s leadership, BlueHub has invested over $2.4 billion, leveraged an additional $12 billion, and built a national tax credit practice to: finance affordable housing, health centers, schools and other community facilities; provide foreclosure relief through the creation of a mortgage lender aimed at stabilizing urban neighborhoods; create jobs; benchmark and drive down energy and utility costs; and promote resiliency.

Cherry is a former partner at the law firm of Hale and Dorr (now WilmerHale). She graduated from Wellesley College and Northeastern University School of Law.

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Jonathan Coakley

Loss Mitigation and Asset Manager Foreclosure Relief | BlueHub SUN 617.933.5867

Jonathan manages instances of borrower bankruptcy or foreclosures and works with homeowners to build applications for BlueHub’s foreclosure relief initiative, BlueHub SUN. He joined the organization in 2017.

Jonathan brings experience working at TD Bank in loss mitigation, at a private law firm as a real estate closing coordinator, and at Social Service Coordinators, where he implemented outreach strategies to reach low-income Medicare beneficiaries regarding maintaining their benefits.

Jonathan holds a BA in business management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Elisabeth Davis

Assistant Vice President of Commercial Lending Community Development Financing | BlueHub Loan Fund 617.933.5852

Elisabeth markets, structures and underwrites community development loans including acquisition, pre-development, construction and permanent loans for nonprofit and art and culture spaces, community health centers, education facilities, commercial development projects, healthy food initiatives, and affordable housing.

Prior to joining the Loan Fund team, Elisabeth worked to operationalize the strategic growth of BlueHub by developing systems and processes across business units. Previously, Elisabeth directed operations and finance for a youth and workforce development initiative at the City of Boston.

A graduate of UMass Amherst, Elisabeth holds an MBA from Boston University.

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Justin DeAngelis

Negotiations Manager and Staff Attorney Foreclosure Relief | BlueHub SUN 617.933.5885

As Negotiations Manager, Justin oversees the purchase of residential properties that are ultimately sold back to the original homeowners for BlueHub’s foreclosure relief initiative, BlueHub SUN. As Staff Attorney for SUN, he also researches regulatory requirements, performs title examinations, resolves title problems and prepares and records real estate documents. In addition, Justin participates in outreach efforts to attorneys, housing counselors and real estate brokers.  

Justin brings a wealth of experience in consumer credit and debt issues. Prior to BlueHub, Justin practiced law at a firm representing consumer debtors in Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy, during which he advocated for clients in court as they worked to resolve a wide variety of financial difficulties.

Justin graduated from Suffolk Law School and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, with a BA in political science.

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Catherine Dun Rappaport

Senior Vice President of Learning and Impact Management Community Development Financing | BlueHub Loan Fund 617.427.3587

Catherine leads BlueHub’s impact measurement and management work. She oversees related assessment and collaborates with leaders across the organization to apply lessons learned.

She has a 20-year track record conducting evaluations, helping practitioners apply findings and leading mission-driven organizations. Her work has been published, and she frequently presents at conferences on innovation in impact measurement. Catherine has served as a VP at the United Way of Mass Bay, was a senior consultant at Abt Associates and founded a nonprofit.

Catherine is a Senior Advisor to Impact Frontiers, Impacto and the Greater Boston Evaluation Network, an Ambassador for Leap of Reason and a member of Social Value US. She graduated with honors from Amherst College and has a master’s in public policy from Harvard.

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Michele Eldridge

Human Resources Coordinator Operations & Administration 617.427.8600

Michele supports Human Resources functions at BlueHub, and has many years of experience skillfully managing administrative duties and reception for her colleagues at the organization to ensure office operations run smoothly.

Before coming to BlueHub, Michele worked for the Boston Foundation as an Administrative Coordinator, helping coordinate facility and event operations for the organization. Michele is active in her community and volunteers her time serving on the board of directors for a tenant organization. In this role, she serves as tenant representative to help ensure that the interests of both owners and tenants are considered in the association decision-making process.

Michele completed course work at Northeastern University and Roxbury Community College.

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Lubna Maria Elia

Chief Administrative Officer Operations & Administration 617.933.5874

Lubna oversees human resources, talent management, inclusive excellence initiatives and administration in support of BlueHub’s various business lines, and plans for future growth and innovation.

Lubna has 20 years of experience in impact investing and social enterprise. She founded the New England Impact Investing Initiative, a nonprofit striving to democratize access to education about impact investing and diversify the talent pipeline for the sector. Before joining BlueHub, Lubna served in a variety of fundraising and operational leadership positions at social enterprise organizations.

Lubna has a master’s degree in international relations from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Jaime Escott

Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing and General Manager Citizenship Financing | One Percent for America 617.404.9788

Jaime leads One Percent for America (OPA), BlueHub’s initiative built to remove financial barriers to US citizenship. She focuses primarily on promoting the One Percent for America brand and services to its borrowers and investors. She oversees the One Percent for America team.

Jaime is a marketing strategist with 20 years of experience helping brands broaden their reach via digital marketing. She thrives on putting herself in target audiences’ shoes in order to develop authentic brand messages that convey purpose. Jaime comes to One Percent for America after a rich history of working at Boston-based institutions including Boston magazine, Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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Mariel Espinosa

Customer Relations Manager Foreclosure Relief | BlueHub SUN 857.284.8258

Mariel manages relationships with current clients of BlueHub’s foreclosure relief initiative, BlueHub SUN. She assists SUN homeowners with their mortgage questions and loan payoffs, and she manages the relationship with SUN’s servicer. She also assists in communicating with Spanish-speaking clients and applicants.

Prior to joining BlueHub Capital, Mariel worked for 18 years as a Mortgage Loan Coordinator at the corporate office of Marriott Vacation in Orlando, FL. She gained most of her knowledge with the mortgage banking and lending industry through their timeshare program.

Mariel grew up in Lynn, MA, and returned to the state to join the BlueHub team after 19 years in Florida.

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E. Matthew Gautieri

Senior Vice President, Controller Finance 617.427.3714

Matt is responsible for all financial management and accounting functions, including budgeting, investments, portfolio management, and financial reporting. Matt’s background in financial services and real estate exceeds 40 years; he brings proven expertise in the field to his work at BlueHub. His experience in commercial banking informs his work as a financial officer in a Community Development Financial Institution.

Prior to joining BlueHub, Matt worked at FleetBoston Financial or its affiliates. He has held various positions in commercial real estate, financial and loan operations.

Matt is a graduate of Fisher College.

Scott Glucker

Mortgage Loan Officer Foreclosure Relief | BlueHub SUN 617.933.5855

Scott works closely with applicants to BlueHub’s foreclosure relief program, BlueHub SUN, to help them navigate the mortgage process.

Scott brings years of management and customer service experience to his role. Early in his career, he served as an Operations Specialist and air controller in the Navy. He rose through the ranks to Senior Chief Petty Officer and was commissioned as an Operations Officer, serving in Desert Storm. After, Scott worked as the Assistant Adjutant and then as Director of Maintenance and Housekeeping, Assistant Chief Operations Officer and Grant Writer at the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea. He later worked as the Director of Services for Univex Inc.

During the pandemic, Scott received his MLO license (NMLS #2156884) and worked at NewFed Mortgage.

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Marlene Honore

Administrative Assistant Operations & Administration 617.933.5864

Marlene serves as an Administrative Assistant for BlueHub Capital, supporting administrative and operational projects, as well as the success of various HR initiatives.

Before coming to BlueHub, Marlene worked as an Administrative Assistant at Personnel People, Inc., where she assisted with bookkeeping and provided customer support. She has also held management positions in the retail and food and beverage industries. Marlene loves engaging with clients to help solve problems and put smiles on their faces.

Marlene holds a degree in business management from Katharine Gibbs Business School in Boston.

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DeWitt Jones

President, BlueHub Energy and BlueHub Managed Assets | Executive Vice President, BlueHub Capital Clean Energy | BlueHub Energy 617.427.3580

DeWitt (Dick) was BlueHub’s first employee and has served as a member of its leadership team since 1985. Under his guidance, BlueHub Energy brings the benefits and cost savings of clean energy to affordable housing and community facilities.

Prior to BlueHub, he was Executive Director of the Massachusetts Urban Reinvestment Advisory Group and served as a VISTA volunteer. He was a founding member of Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) and board member from 1988–1996. He has served on the boards of WegoWise (as co-founder), the Boston Day and Evening Academy, the Penikese Island School and the Center for Women and Enterprise.

Dick is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2008, he and his wife, Viki Bok, received the City of Boston’s Green Residential Award.

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Emily Kaminsky

Compliance Manager Finance 617.427.8600

Emily is responsible for grants management, investor compliance, impact reporting and BlueHub Capital’s New Markets Tax Credit program.

Previously, Emily was the Director of Community Capital of Vermont, a CDFI financing low-income entrepreneurs in Vermont, and Program Officer at Counterpart International in Washington, D.C., providing support to entrepreneurs and nonprofits in the former Soviet Union. She was a founding member of a food co-op initiative, a board member of the Central Vermont Community Land Trust and a volunteer with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program.

Emily received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Russian language and literature from University of Rochester and a master’s of science in community economic development from Southern New Hampshire University.

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Galina Kim

Construction Loan Manager Community Development Financing | BlueHub Loan Fund 617.933.5876

Galina works with the BlueHub Loan Fund’s lending team and is responsible for overseeing the construction financing portfolio and ensuring that construction projects get completed on time and within budget. She manages all aspects of construction loan review, from loan closing to construction completion.

Previously, she worked as a Construction Services Specialist at Great Southern Bank in Springfield, MO. Before moving to the United States, Galina lived and worked in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, the United Kingdom and Russia.

Galina holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research (Almaty, Kazakhstan).

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Bessie King

Content Manager Citizenship Financing | One Percent for America 617.404.9792

Bessie is responsible for ensuring the voice and brand of One Percent for America is accurately represented and shared across multiple platforms to reach borrowers, the public and investors.

Before coming to BlueHub, Bessie worked as a digital media manager for corporate organizations and as general manager for her mother's restaurant, Villa México Café. In response to COVID-19, she helped create Massachusetts Restaurants United, a nonprofit that advocates for the survival of local independent restaurants through the pandemic and beyond. She is also involved in other causes, including the Alzheimer Association.

Bessie holds a BA from Northeastern University in journalism and communication and an MS in digital media from Columbia University. She is a first-generation Mexican American.

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Andrew Koh

Senior Vice President of Operations Operations & Administration 617.427.4514

Andrew is responsible for technology, risk, vendor and office management. He leads strategic improvement projects linked to BlueHub’s growth.

Andrew has over 25 years of operations experience leading professional and nonprofit organizations through growth and transitions. Prior to BlueHub, he was a Product Manager with Dovetail Health, was the COO of ASV Technologies (a bank fraud solutions developer), and an investment banker with Adams, Harkness & Hill, where he completed over 40 financial and strategic advisory engagements.

Andrew has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Dartmouth College, a Boston University Nonprofit Management Certification ’17 and a Project Management Certification. He is also a LeadBoston ’13 and serves on the boards of several Boston-area nonprofits.

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Ariana Mattice-Lybrand

Impact and Operations Analyst Community Development Financing | BlueHub Loan Fund 617.427.3565

Ariana is responsible for the data collection, management and analysis needed to support various impact and operational workstreams. She evaluates the social impact associated with lending by ensuring the completeness and accuracy of data, and collects and analyzes data to support HR projects and operational improvements related to talent development and staffing.

Before joining BlueHub, Ariana worked as a District Office Manager for a member of the NY State Assembly in Albany. She was responsible for constituent case management and external stakeholder communications, and assisted with legislative research priorities.

Ariana holds a BA in political science from Hartwick College, and is pursuing an MPA with a concentration in public policy and nonprofit organizational theory from SUNY Albany.

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Kathryn McHugh

Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending Community Development Financing | BlueHub Loan Fund 617.427.3608

Kathryn is responsible for marketing, underwriting and closing loans. She has deep expertise in housing, charter schools and commercial projects, including debt for NMTC projects. She leads BlueHub’s charter school lending and its Southern market expansion, and oversees its NMTC Small QLICI Loan Pool.

Kathryn has worked in community development for more than three decades. Previous work includes real estate development, grant writing and affordable housing programming and policy development. She has shared her expertise on many community and school boards. She currently serves on the Mascoma Community Development NMTC Advisory Board and CSTO 2020 Charitable Trust, and volunteers as a 4th-grade religious educator.

Kathryn holds an MPP from Tufts University and a BA from Mount Holyoke College.

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Autumn McLaughlin

VP of Communications and External Relations Investor Relations & Communications 617.933.5853

Autumn is responsible for the strategic planning and daily implementation of BlueHub's public relations, government relations, marketing efforts and brand management. She oversees internal and external communications across all of BlueHub's programs, establishes and maintains relationships with elected officials and serves as a strategic thought partner for senior management.

Autumn has been working at the intersection of media, community and government for over 10 years. She comes to BlueHub from Northwind Strategies, a public relations firm where she developed communications campaigns for nonprofits, small businesses and advocacy initiatives. Prior to that, she worked in the Massachusetts State Senate.

Autumn graduated from Lehigh University.

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Michael Nilles

Interim President Community Development Financing | BlueHub Loan Fund 617.427.3676

Mike is responsible for the impact, financial performance, portfolio quality and strategic direction of the Loan Fund. He leads a team of professionals who originate over $100 million in annual lending and manage a $660 million portfolio of community development loans.

Mike has been with BlueHub since 1996, prior to which he worked in commercial lending at BayBank. He serves on the board of A Faith That Does Justice, an interfaith service organization, and is on the board of the Wellesley Housing Development Corporation.

A graduate of Georgetown University and the Yale School of Management, Mike served as a Jesuit Volunteer in Seattle.

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Santiago Nuñez

Client Relations and Lending Manager Citizenship Financing | One Percent for America 617.933.5877

Santiago is responsible for facilitating the lending process and managing client-facing interactions. He works with internal and external entities to build partnerships that address community needs and further impact. Originally from Colombia, Santiago also serves as an in-house resource for insight on the immigration process and the positive impact citizenship can provide.

Santiago comes to One Percent for America from BlueHub’s foreclosure relief program, where he led a lending team in processing mortgages.

Santiago holds a BS in Business Administration with minors in Economics and Finance from American International College. Although he immigrated from Colombia around the age of five, he considers himself proud to be a naturalized son of the United States of America.

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Felipe Passos

Senior Accounting Analyst Finance 617.933.5888

Felipe is responsible for accounting operations such as accounts receivable, accounts payable, loan portfolio management, financial reporting and forecasting. He is a skilled accountant and analyst with experience in banking and public and private accounting in the United States and emerging markets.

Prior to joining BlueHub, he worked at Stone Temple Consulting, where he helped improve contract management and billing processes, and participated in the buyout process of a publicly listed company. At Baker Tilly and Grant Thornton, he participated in the office start-up process while acting as a Senior Auditor.

Felipe received his BS in accounting from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and holds a Graduate Certificate in Sustainability in extension studies from Harvard University.

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Emily Rochon

Director of Energy and Environmental Policy Clean Energy | BlueHub Energy 617.427.8600

Emily focuses on using BlueHub’s sustainability work and expertise to develop clean energy and environmental policies that ensure low-income and environmental justice communities are not left behind in the fight against climate change and transition to a clean energy future and economy. She assists BlueHub in developing its solar and energy business and coordinates its regulatory work.

Emily has extensive experience in environmental and energy policy, which includes work for Greenpeace International and Vineyard Wind. She received her JD from Northeastern University School of Law in 2013, holds a master’s degree in environmental toxicology from Cornell University, and bachelor’s degrees in environmental studies and biology from Providence College and Rhode Island College, respectively.

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Johvanna Sampson

Vice President of Commercial Lending Community Development Financing | BlueHub Loan Fund 617.427.3664

Johvanna markets, structures and underwrites community development loans including acquisition, predevelopment, construction and permanent loans for community health centers, education facilities, commercial development projects, community facilities, healthy food initiatives and affordable housing.

Johvanna has nearly two decades of lending experience. She has worked in retail banking, commercial lending, mortgage lending, and most recently as a Senior Loan Officer with Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC). At PCDC, she assembled more than $110 million in capital to expand access to healthcare across the country.

Johvanna received a bachelor of science in finance from Louisiana State University, and a master of business administration from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.

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Rachel Serotta

Investor Relations and Development Manager Investor Relations & Communications 617.933.5872

Rachel is responsible for cultivating, building and strengthening relationships with new and existing funders, as well as overseeing investor relations processes and procedures.

She brings over 10 years of experience in business development, investor relations and fundraising. She has built and managed complex funding partnerships, aligning programmatic and financial goals of funders to meet capital needs, and has facilitated the achievement of business objectives for mission-driven nonprofits, for-profit organizations and social enterprises. Prior to joining BlueHub, Rachel was the Director of Investor Relations for Root Capital.

Rachel holds an MA in international affairs from Columbia University and a BA from Colby College.

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Julie Shea

Assistant Vice President of Commercial Lending Community Development Financing | BlueHub Loan Fund 617.933.5887

Julie markets, structures and underwrites community development loans including acquisition, predevelopment, construction and permanent loans for early education and K–12 school facilities, community health centers, commercial development projects, healthy food initiatives and affordable housing.

Julie joined BlueHub Capital in 2018 from Eastern Bank, where she worked as Portfolio Manager with the Community Development Lending team. Prior to Eastern Bank, Julie worked at Root Capital, a nonprofit social investment fund.

Julie holds an MBA from Boston University, an MSc in business and international development from the Copenhagen Business School, and a BSc from the University of Roskilde.

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Erin Shull

Communications and Investor Relations Analyst Investor Relations & Communications 617.933.5886

Erin helps plan and execute BlueHub’s overall external relations goals. She is responsible for maintaining the website, coordinating social media activities, assisting with database management, reporting to and communicating with investors and donors, and providing support for the investor relations and communications operations.

Before coming to BlueHub, Erin worked for the Marketing and Communications Office at Clark University. In this role, she created content for the university’s website and social media platforms. Erin has also worked for the nonprofit Conservation International as a Foundation Relations intern.

Erin holds an MBA from Clark University with a concentration in sustainability and social change, and a BA in business management, also from Clark.

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Ebonié Smith-Cooper

Loan Operations and Servicing Manager Community Development Financing | BlueHub Loan Fund 617.427.4549

Ebonié spearheads a dedicated loan operations and administration function to support the growth of BlueHub Loan Fund and Tax Credit Intermediary portfolios. She manages risk for a portfolio of the Loan Fund’s community development loans in addition to managing the $500+ million State Tax Credit Intermediary loan portfolio. Alongside this function, she also helps troubleshoot and maintain the Loan Fund’s Salesforce system.

Ebonié brings strong commercial lending experience to her role at BlueHub. Prior to BlueHub she has worked for North Shore Bank and TD Bank, specializing in monitoring and closings for a variety of commercial loan products.

Ebonié is pursuing a degree in Psychology at Southern New Hampshire University.

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Lisa Zappala

Chief Financial Officer Finance 617.933.5851

Lisa oversees BlueHub’s financial management and planning. She also manages investor relations, marketing and communications and compliance as part of senior management.

She joined the organization in 2005 as Senior Finance Consultant. Prior to BlueHub, Lisa was the CFO of a publicly traded company with $300 million in revenues, where she oversaw the company’s financial reporting and compliance, treasury and investor relations, and co-managed IT and facilities. She recently completed nine years on the Finance Committee of the Town of Needham, during which she served as both Chair and Vice Chair. She has also served on the Boards of Directors and Audit Committees of two publicly traded companies.

Lisa has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Boston College and received her CPA in 1984.

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Jason Zhang

Senior Accounting Analyst Finance 617.933.5870

Jason is responsible for general accounting functions, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, BlueHub Loan Fund and BlueHub SUN portfolio operations, CDFI Fund Bond reporting, financial reporting and portfolio risk analysis. He also helps with month-end close, monthly and quarterly reporting and year-end financial audit activities.

Jason has more than 10 years of experience in corporate accounting, financial analysis, fund operation and loan portfolio management. Before coming to BlueHub, Jason worked at GL Capital Partner and Sachems Financial, LLC as an Assistant Vice President in Finance. In this role, he oversaw corporate accounting functions and managed two funds and a loan portfolio.

Jason holds an MBA with a concentration in finance from Clark University.

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Deeba Zivari

Strategic Partnerships Manager Citizenship Financing | One Percent for America 617.404.9789

Deeba is responsible for supporting and developing initiatives that advance strategic goals, amplify impact, and introduce innovation. She works with internal and external stakeholders to build partnerships that solve community needs. She also serves as the in-house subject matter expert on immigration and manages business research efforts.

Deeba has 10 years of experience building and scaling businesses within the healthcare, housing and financial industries. She comes to BlueHub from RiseBoro Community Partnership, where she managed the development of $400M+ in affordable housing projects.

Deeba holds a master’s in narrative medicine from Columbia University and a BA from Wellesley College. She is a first-generation American, raised by Iranian and Honduran immigrants.