Our mission is to strengthen Chicago area low- to moderate-income communities by collaborating with neighborhood stakeholders on community development efforts, acting as a developer and resource that supports economic development and neighborhood revitalization, and coordinating capital and resources to support community projects.
The long-term goal of CNI’s officers and board members is to expand capacity in order to be responsive to development opportunities in low-income communities throughout the greater Chicagoland area.
For 25 years, David has served neighborhoods throughout Chicago in various nonprofit and governmental capacities, including as a community organizer in North Lawndale and as Superintendent of the Chicago Park District. At CNI, David focuses on strategy and raising capital, and helped lead an organizing effort to have Pullman declared a National Monument. David has an undergraduate degree from Wheaton College and a Master’s in Social Science from the University of Chicago. David is also a member of Millennium Reserve Steering Committee and on the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation.
Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel
A corporate attorney with an MBA and more than 15 years of experience, Jennifer’s responsibilities at CNI include operations, legal, and finance; board, funder and government relations; and direction of the NMTC program and Pullman National Monument. Jennifer previously served as counsel at a bank holding company and worked in the economic consulting and tax practices at Huron Consulting Group and Arthur Andersen. Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, her JD and MBA from Pepperdine and is a University of Chicago Civic Leadership Academy Fellow and is a 2018 participant in Stanford University’s Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders. Jennifer is also a member of the boards of directors of Christ the King Jesuit College Prep and the New Markets Tax Credit Coalition.
Vice President of Lending, CNI and President, CNI Micro Finance Group
With 20 years of experience in the financial industry, Erica leads CNI Micro Finance Group, a CDFI that has loaned nearly $4 million to minority entrepreneurs. The loans for helping to grow and strengthen small businesses on Chicago’s South and West sides and suburban Cook County are creating and retaining hundreds of jobs and building wealth and stronger communities.
Erica was recently featured in Crain’s Chicago Business’ “Notable Minorities in Commercial Banking” and selected by The Chicago Urban League for its IMPACT Leadership Development Program. In 2016 she was appointed to the Minority Economic Development Council. Prior to joining CNI in 2014, Erica worked in commercial lending at U.S. Bank and Park National Bank and as a Finance Director at the Women’s Business Development Center. Erica earned her bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Vice President of Real Estate and Inclusion
Ciere builds strong client partnerships and maps CNI’s real estate strategy, overseeing the entitlement and construction phases of its projects. Since joining CNI in 2013, she has managed the development of Pullman Park and has led CNI’s community engagement process, diversity and inclusion initiatives as well as building support for citywide endeavors.
In 2020 Ciere’s work was recognized when she named one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ “40 Under 40.” Ciere is a graduate of Hamilton College and earned a M.S. degree in Urban Planning from University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently Ciere serves as a Commissioner for the Roseland Medical District and is a LINK mentor.
Director of Finance
Annette is an accomplished leader with nearly 20 years of experience in the financial management and reporting functions for commercial, residential and industrial real estate developers, including monitoring a $25 billion portfolio of properties. She will help CNI continue revitalizing Pullman and will work to bring new investments and developments to disinvested and under-resourced neighborhoods throughout the region. At CNI, Annette is responsible for all finance and accounting functions. Annette is a graduate of Chicago State University and serves on the board at Options for Youth, a local nonprofit that helps adolescent mothers and male students make healthy lifestyle choices and maximize their potential.
Project Manager, Real Estate
Donald has more than 12 years of experience in the banking and real estate development field. At CNI, Donald is responsible for overseeing the organization’s affordable housing development programs, including the restoration of historic rowhomes, utilizing various financing initiatives. Prior to CNI, Donald worked as a Credit Analyst and Commercial Lender at Park National Bank. Donald earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance from Dominican University.
Maria has more than 25 years of accounting experience. At CNI, she is responsible for managing the bank accounts of CNI and its subsidiaries, providing loan servicing for microloans, assisting with monthly financial reporting, overseeing the accounts payable and reconciling the general ledger for all entities. Maria previously worked for Park National Bank and earned a degree from Chicago State University.
Loan Officer. CNI Micro Finance Group
With little paperwork and lots of flexibility, Hunter helps entrepreneurs obtain the financing and assistance they need from CNI Micro Finance Group. By providing access to capital that is unavailable from traditional lending institutions he is helping to increase ownership, create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, and build stronger communities.
Previously, Hunter was a Youth Programs Manager, and Head Baseball Coach at Vertus Charter High School. He is a graduate of Wheaton College and currently volunteers as a basketball coach at the Illinois Youth Detention Center and a teacher’s assistant at By the Hand Club for Kids.