Comprised of lawyers, developers, bankers and community development experts, the CVP Advisory Committee assists JCUA staff to ensure the following:
- CVP loans are given to viable projects.
- Projects involve an acceptable amount of risk.
- Projects have responsible repayment plans.
- Projects are in line with JCUA’s overall mission.
Zachary Braun, Committee Chair
Senior Vice President, First Eagle Bank
With over 15 years of experience in banking and finance, Zachary Braun brings a wealth of knowledge to JCUA’s Community Ventures Program Advisory Council. Mr. Braun serves as the Senior Vice President of First Eagle Bank, a locally owned commercial bank which proudly carries a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) certification, Zachary serves on JCUA’s Board of Directors.
Founder/President, Technical Assistance Corporation
In a 50-year career devoted to the development and preservation of low and moderate income housing, attorney Ralph Brown has a national profile and has been involved in the production of thousands of affordable housing developments throughout the city. Through his leadership on the Community Ventures Advisory Committee, Ralph brings decades of experience to the program where he has served in a leadership capacity for over eight years.
Consultant, Executive Service Corps of Chicago
Steve Keen serves as a consultant for the Executive Service Corps of Chicago which does management consulting for non-profits and has been on the board of Open Communities and the United Way of Highland Park/Highwood. He currently serves on JCUA’s Board of Directors where he has also served as president of the board and chair of the finance committee. Steve and his wife Gerry are investors in the Community Ventures program, and are also active with Congregation Hakafa with their refugee mentoring program.
Senior Vice President, Head of Special Assets & Portfolio Management, Byline Bank
Lori Kohn heads Byline Bank’s Portfolio Management Group and its Special Assets Group, and she is a founding member of Byline’s CRA Committee. Lori has 25+ years of commercial real estate experience on both the debt and equity sides of the business. Lori’s background includes lending, structured finance, credit, portfolio management, sales, workout/restructuring, and underwriting. Lori was previously elected Treasurer of the City of Highwood.
Consultant, Recycling Industry
David Levinson arrived in Chicago in the fall of 1979 as a VISTA, assigned as Energy Programs Coordinator to The Neighborhood Institute (TNI), the not-for-profit community development arm of South Shore Bank. His work TNI involved education, advocacy and direct service. In 1984, David co-founded Recycling Services, which became one of the largest independently-owned paper recycling companies in the Midwest. David formerly served as JCUA’s Board Treasurer and has been consulting within the recycling industry.
Vice President of Housing and Real Estate, Thresholds
Nadia Underhill is the Vice President of Housing and Real Estate for Thresholds. Nadia has more than 15 years of experience financing, planning and constructing publicly financed housing developments. She has led award-winning development projects throughout Chicagoland including the renovation of the former Viceroy Hotel that now offers 89 units of affordable housing on Chicago’s Near West Side.