Comprised of lawyers, developers, bankers and community development experts, the CVP Advisory Council 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 Zachary Braun
Zachary Braun is the Senior Vice President of First Eagle Bank, a locally owned commercial bank which proudly carries a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) certification. Zac has shown his commitment to the community and affordable housing for over 12 years. He brings that experience and passion as a member of the Advisory Council.


David Feinberg David Feinberg
David Feinberg is the Central Region Regional Director for Turner Impact Capital, a double bottom line social impact fund investing and developing charter schools, health clinics, and multi-family housing. Involved with community development work for over, 8 years, he started his career as a public school teacher, carrying his passion for education into his work with CVP.


Ralph Brown Ralph Brown
In a 50-year career devoted to the development and preservation of low and moderate income housing, attorney Ralph Brown has been involved in the production of thousands of affordable apartments. Through his membership on the LLC Advisory panel, he has been bringing his experience to JCUA’s Community Ventures Program for over eight years.


Steve Keen Steve Keen
Steve Keen has been an active participant in Social Justice issues for years, including board membership for Interfaith Housing of the North Shore, United Way of Highland Park/Highwood, and serving as Chair of the social action committee at Congregation Solel. He is also a current JCUA board member and former JCUA Board of Director’s President.


David Midgley David Midgley
David Midgley has an extensive career as a real estate and financing lawyer, as the Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Illinois Housing Development Authority, and as an investment banker and advisor for tax exempt bond issues for moderate income housing throughout the country. For over ten years, he has been an active supporter of JCUA.


Roberta Nechin
Roberta Nechin

Roberta Nechin considers herself a “macro social worker”- helping many people at once by working with groups to bring affordable housing to areas in need. Roberta has been a part of CVP since her election to the JCUA Board more than 15 years ago. She remains dedicated and committed to the work and goals of the program and Chairs the LLC.