CVP Advisory Committee
Comprised of lawyers, developers, bankers and community development experts, the CVP Advisory Committee assists JCUA staff to ensure that CVP loans are given to viable projects, involve an acceptable amount of risk, have responsible repayment plans and 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.
Director of Coaching and Knowledge Transfer, Chicago Community Loan Fund
In this role, David is responsible for the strategic implementation of CCLF’s technical expertise and special programs to build community development capacity and support Chicagoland’s thriving communities. Over the course of his career, David has led the development of more than $250M and 1,000,000 sq. ft. of non-profit and community centered real estate projects with a specialization in educational facilities, community centers and social enterprises. David was a 2019 Civic Leadership Academy Fellow and has previously held positions as an LSC representative and a state commissioner. David holds an MPL from the University of Southern California, a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Unit Planning from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Non-Fiction and Jewish Studies from Hampshire College. In his free time, David can be found coaching little league softball and traveling with his family.
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.