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Posts about what’s going on at NCRC.

Catherine Petrusz

CRA Coordinator 202.770.3619 cpetrusz@ncrc.org Catherine Petrusz joined NCRC in 2021 as a CRA Coordinator and works with NCRC members and banks on community reinvestment campaigns. Before joining NCRC, Catherine was a senior member of the legal team and head of compliance for Self-Help, a national community development financial institution. Catherine is excited to combine her …

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Christa Murillo

Special Assistant, Chief of Community Finance and Mobility cmurillo@ncrc.org 202-768-8315 Christa Murillo serves as Special Assistant to the Chief of Community Finance and Mobility. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and a proud native of Kansas City, Missouri. Christa received her bachelor’s degree in modern languages and marketing from the University of Central Missouri. …

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DeWayne Johnson

Staff Accountant 202-383-7701 djohnson@ncrc.org DeWayne Johnson is NCRC’s Staff Accountant. DeWayne has over 24 years of progressive accounting experience. During his accounting voyage, he has assisted IBM, SAIC, Wachovia, Citrin Cooperman and a host of others in streamlining processes, value-adding report content and increasing efficiency. He has constantly kept an eye on decreasing expenses, more …

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Juan Leyton

Director of Organizing 202.869.4404 jleyton@ncrc.org Juan Leyton is NCRC’s Director of Organizing. Prior to joining NCRC, Juan was most recently at Madison Park Development Corporation. He is the former director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts and City Life/Vida Urbana. He was a Barr Foundation and MIT Community Innovators Lab fellow. He holds Masters Degrees in Community Economic …

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Grigs Crawford

CDFI Development Director 202-768-8783 gcrawford@ncrc.org Grigs Crawford is NCRC’s CDFI Development Director. He is a seasoned public affairs and business development strategist with experience navigating issues for Fortune 500, nonprofit and trade association clients, with expertise in engaging lawmakers, regulators and the public in complex policy challenges. In 2018, after nearly a decade in Washington, D.C., Grigs transitioned …

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LaToria Brent

Small Business Specialist 202-524-4876 lbrent@dcwbc.org LaToria Brent is the Small Business Specialist for the DC Women’s Business Center. With over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, human resource (recruitment and selection), LaToria’s mission has always been to strategize, implement, and execute different methods to positively impact her community. A serial entrepreneur, Latoria has owned …

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Josh Biehler

Training Coordinator jbeihler@ncrc.org 202-524-4884

Soraya Otero

Special Assistant to the CEO sotero@ncrc.org 202-792-1283 Soraya Otero will be supporting NCRC’s CEO Jesse Van Tol as a Special Assistant. Soraya brings outstanding organizational competencies, capacity building knowledge and practice, and great interpersonal skills backed by a robust career in operations and finance. She is focused towards institutional strategic goals. During her career with …

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Joshua Devine

Director of Racial Economic Equity jdevine@ncrc.org 202-792-1284 Josh Devine serves as the Director of Racial Economic Equity for NCRC, working within the Race, Wealth and Community division to develop and expand programming, resources and NCRC’s thought leadership to advance economic equity and strategic implementation across the organization and for its members. Prior to joining NCRC, …

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Monti Taylor

Resource Coordinator, DCWBC mtaylor@dcwbc.org 202-464-2304 Monti Taylor is passionate about community development work, from volunteering with environmental organizations to navigating resources for programming within a community center. She has worked on small grant projects and enjoys using research to uncover hidden patterns in society, with the goal of advocating for social change. She is currently working on …

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Jamie Buell

Racial Economic Equity Coordinator jbuell@ncrc.org 202.792.1281 Jamie Buell has been working with NCRC since January 2020. Growing up in Los Angeles, Jamie has been familiar with America’s economic inequality and how race worsened the wealth gap from a young age. Her multiracial upbringing melded together the differing realities of wealth and financial health among White …

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Sade McKoy

Communication Specialist, Women’s Business Center smckoy@dcwbc.org 202-393-8307 Sade McKoy joined NCRC in October 2019.  She has had an extensive career in Marketing and Communications. Sade has six years of experience helping entrepreneurs, brands and businesses create social media strategies. She’s worked with several noteworthy creative agencies and publications. Some of her expertise includes managing marketing campaigns …

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Marisa Calderon

Chief of Community Finance and Mobility mcalderon@ncrc.org 202-464-2707 Marisa Calderon is the executive director of NCRC’s Community Development Fund and a housing and financial services industry veteran. Calderon has been ranked on the Swanepoel Power 200 as one of the most powerful leaders in the residential real estate industry and named one of HousingWire’s 2018 …

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Heidi Sheppard

Project Director, DC Women’s Business Center hsheppard@dcwbc.org  202-524-4874 Heidi Sheppard has extensive experience working to support economic development efforts ranging from entrepreneurial assistance to manufacturing communities to technology transfer.  She served on the Partnership Team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) developing strategic partnerships with other federal agencies to …

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Phil York

Development Manager pyork@ncrc.org 202.383.7716 Phil York is NCRC’s Development Manager. Phil graduated cum laude from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, in 2010 with a B.A. in Political Science and a Business Leadership Certificate where he earned distinctions as a member of three national honor societies – history, political science and leadership. After Marietta, he pursued …

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