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We would not be able to support entrepreneurs and affordable housing developers across the Hudson Valley and New York State without our dedicated team. Each team member can help you achieve your goals through financing, business development, and trusted guidance.

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The Community Capital New York Team

Ian J. Benjamin

INTERIM PRESIDENT & CEO

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Ian J. Benjamin

INTERIM PRESIDENT & CEO

Prior to joining Community Capital New York as Interim President and CEO, Ian worked in the New York region nonprofit community for more than thirty‐five years.  He most recently served as Interim Executive Director at Greater Newark Conservancy, Volunteers of Legal Service and at Riverdale Neighborhood House. A CPA based in NYC, Ian retired in 2019 as a partner at RSM where he led the northeast nonprofit audit, tax and consulting practice. Ian has served higher education and nonprofit organizations including private foundations, international, membership and cultural groups, colleges and universities, K‐12 schools, and trade and professional associations. Ian also has served for many years in leadership roles on nonprofit boards. He is currently board chair at Nonprofit New York.

Ian offers extensive experience guiding and advising nonprofits with organizational challenges and in transition.

Elissa Bard

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

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Elissa Bard

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Elissa Bard has 25 years of financial services and community development experience across the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. She joined Community Capital New York in January 2020 and is the Chief Operating Officer in addition to overseeing CCNY’s loan programs.

Elissa’s career in community development finance began at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where she evaluated banks in New York State for their compliance with the Community Reinvestment Act and fair lending laws.

Elissa then worked at Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco in their Commercial Real Estate Group focusing on lending to nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining Community Capital New York, Elissa served as the Director of Lending at a community development financial institution, the Housing Development Fund, in Stamford, Connecticut.

Elissa has served on numerous nonprofit boards throughout her career and is currently a board member of the New York State CDFI Coalition.

Elissa has a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Tufts University. Elissa lives in Westchester County with her husband, three teenage children, and a very cute dog named Georgia.

Kate Conlan

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS & DEVELOPMENT

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Kate Conlan

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS & DEVELOPMENT

Kate Conlan joined Community Capital New York in October 2021, previously serving on the Board of Directors for four years.

Before involvement with Community Capital New York, Kate worked at The Acceleration Project as Director of Client & Partner Development and as a business consultant. She delivered business development services to women and underserved populations, empowering them to start or grow their businesses.

Kate has been active on several non-profit boards in Westchester County. She served as President of Maroon and White, the Scarsdale High School sports booster organization, and the PTA President for the Edgewood School in Scarsdale, where she lives with her husband and four children. Kate has a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical and Materials Engineering, and she received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Julieta McPherson

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF STRATEGIC BUSINESS GROWTH

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Julieta McPherson

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF STRATEGIC BUSINESS GROWTH

Julieta McPherson has extensive experience with small business lending, including for-profit, non-profit, and government organizations.

Julieta has worked with many businesses and clients, ranging from small artisan communities in Mexico to companies with over $5 million in annual revenue within the U.S. She has extensive experience training entrepreneurs in business development and providing customized assistance.

Julieta holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from the University of Guanajuato, Mexico, a marketing certificate from UC Berkeley, and a Certificate of Global Business and Politics from Yale School of Management. She is a Leadership Westchester Volunteer NY graduate and is currently working on a Masters of Public Administration degree at Syracuse University.

She is a member of the Hispanic Advisory Board for Westchester County and a SCORE mentor.

Fernando Ahumada

VICE PRESIDENT OF LENDING

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Fernando Ahumada

VICE PRESIDENT OF LENDING

Fernando Ahumada is responsible for business development and lending across Community Capital New York’s product offerings.

His service territory includes Dutchess, Putnam, and Ulster counties. Fernando is experienced in finance, community outreach, and healthcare management, and has communications and business development expertise.

Before joining Community Capital New York, Fernando worked for the Middletown Community Health Center (MCHC) as a board member for three years. He was later hired as a Patient Service Supervisor. Due to his success, Fernando later became a Business Development Management for MCHC, focusing on new community outreach initiatives.

Fernando holds a Bachelor of International Studies degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. He holds an MBA from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York. Fernando is also a member of the 2016 Class of Leadership Orange and a 2020 Pattern for Progress Fellowship graduate. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Veronica Colman

VICE PRESIDENT OF SPECIAL PROJECTS

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Veronica Colman

VICE PRESIDENT OF SPECIAL PROJECTS

Veronica joined Community Capital New York in February 2022 as a Special Projects Officer. She coordinates and collaborates with various county agencies to develop and administer all aspects of government grant programs and works in partnership with our business partners to prepare technical assistance.

Veronica also prepares reports for CCNY’s Board of Directors and contributes to New York State and SBA reporting responsibilities. Additionally, Veronica works closely with the Small Business team to offer workshops and assists clients with bookkeeping needs.

Previously, Veronica worked in corporate retail for over 12 years providing administrative, project management, and finance/accounting support. Throughout her career, she exhibited the ability to juggle multiple projects and work collaboratively with several teams to further exceed team expectations.

Veronica is thrilled to have joined Community Capital New York to support and help small businesses in underserved communities. In her role, she’ll Identify new business opportunities for the Small Business Lending Program through their work with small business grantees, networking, lead generation, and referrals to increase loan production, improve profitability, and develop partnerships in their specific geographic areas.

Tim McQueen

Vice President, Business Development & Outreach

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Tim McQueen

Vice President, Business Development & Outreach

Tim joined Community Capital New York in July 2022 as VP, Business Development & Outreach. Tim works to connect Community Capital New York to active community groups serving our target market throughout our footprint. He does outreach with chambers of commerce, governmental entities, non profit organizations, financial institutions and directly with small businesses. His primary role is to build our loan pipeline and to connect our lending team with our target market.

Tim McQueen is a lifelong member of the Hudson Valley with strong community ties rooted in equity, diversity, generational wealth and business empowerment. He sits on several municipal and non profit executive and advisory boards including: Hudson River Housing, The Bardavon Theatre, Arts Mid-Hudson, PK Rising and many more. Tim has a background in multimedia marketing & promotions, community development advocacy for both the arts and marginalized communities of color. Tim is the founder of McQueen & Associates, a Real Estate Development & Equity Fund Management company focused on growing generational wealth for the everyday family.

Kellie Dallura

LOAN ASSOCIATE

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Kellie Dallura

LOAN ASSOCIATE

Kellie Dallura joined Community Capital New York in 2018 as a Loan Associate.

She works closely with the lending team to support the operations and organizational workflow for small business loan applications. She also helps manage our impact data and reporting and keeps the team organized.

Previously, Kellie worked as the Assistant Office Manager for a medical team and has spent most of her career supporting the operations of medical offices. She is committed to helping the lending team at Community Capital New York as we serve small business owners.

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Are you looking for financing? Do you have questions about our loans or services? We’re here to help! Reach out to our team by calling 914-747-8020 or sending us a message.