Jenn brings nearly 20 years of finance and community development work to her role as the President and CEO of Calvert Foundation.
Since arriving at Calvert Foundation in 2009, Jenn has risen from the position of U.S. Portfolio Manager to Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, then Chief Strategy Officer and now President and CEO. In her role as Chief Strategy Officer, she led the organization’s Strategic Initiatives team and its work on raising capital, developing new products and initiatives and marketing and communications. Jenn has also overseen Calvert Foundation’s wholly owned Community Investment Partners subsidiary, which offers fund and asset management services for institutional clients.
Jenn’s teams have anchored their work around the development of initiatives that combine a social issue with the power of impact investing, such as the Women Investing in Women Initiative (WIN-WIN). WIN-WIN, the only retail impact investing product available to U.S. residents that is focused on supporting organizations empowering women, was launched by the Strategic Initiatives team under Jenn’s leadership.
Prior to Calvert Foundation, Jenn worked with Nonprofit Finance Fund as the Director of the Washington Metro Area office. She has also held positions at Wall Street firms, working at Neuberger & Berman as an equity research analyst and Morgan Stanley’s London office in the Investment Banking division. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon, Africa and also worked at the Public Theater in New York City.
Jennifer received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Union College and a MBA from Columbia University. She serves on the Boards of Hitachi Foundation and Groundswell.
Chief Financial and Risk Officer
Kathy Rock is the Chief Financial and Risk Officer for Calvert Foundation. She is responsible for managing multiple teams, including Finance & Accounting, Portfolio Credit Risk Management, Enterprise Risk, and Compliance, and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Ms. Rock has extensive experience in finance and risk management in the financial services industry, both domestic and international, including public, private, and not-for-profit entities.
Prior to joining the Calvert Foundation, she was head of Counterparty Risk Management for Freddie Mac, a position that she also held at Fannie Mae. While based in London with Genworth Financial Services, she served as Chief Financial Officer for Europe and Canada and Senior Vice President for Loss Mitigation for the European Mortgage Insurance portfolio. She was Chief Financial Officer for Mercy Housing, a not-for-profit affordable housing developer and owner. While servicing as Controller for the Federal Housing Administration, she led a multi-billion dollar troubled asset sales program. She started her career with GE Capital in the financial management program and held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in financial management.
She serves on the Board of Directors of the Low Income Investment Fund.
Chief Technology Officer and Deputy CFO
Humphrey Mensah has been with Calvert Foundation since 2005. He is responsible for financial statement preparation, system development, accounting, and general operational controls. Prior to joining Calvert Foundation, Humphrey spent eight years working as a financial accountant with organizations such as Aetna, KPMG, and Wynnwood Hospitality; and four years working as a financial analyst/modeler at Washington Gas Light Company and AES Corporation.
Humphrey earned his M.B.A. from Georgetown University in 2002 and has a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Texas. An avid soccer player, Humphrey coaches soccer for a youth league in his spare time. Humphrey lives in Virginia with his wife Christine and two children.
Dina Curtis joined Calvert Foundation in April 2013 as Chief of Staff to the President & CEO. Dina brings substantial experience in financial services and trade association management. Most recently, she served as Director at the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. (Memorial Foundation). From 2005 to 2011, Dina worked along side a visionary team to build this historic memorial to honor Dr. King on the National Mall. She considers her time at the Memorial Foundation to be one of her greatest professional accomplishments to date.
In her role as Chief of Staff, Dina works directly with the President & CEO to support the mission of the Calvert Foundation. An accounting major from Memphis State University, Dina is a proven project manager and corporate liaison administrator, and is committed to contributing her experience and expertise to impact investing. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and sons.
Tina researches and writes due diligence memos for investments in new or existing borrowers, focusing on the U.S. market. She also monitors the social and financial performance of portfolio credits. Previously, Tina worked at Acumen Fund, the Global Impact Investing Network, and Deutsche Bank. She holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Xevion provides portfolio monitoring and administrative support to the Calvert Foundation Lending and Underwriting teams. She most recently served as a White House Intern with the National Economic Council, where she worked on scheduling and internet regulatory policy. Prior to the White House, Xevion interned at the U.S. Agency for International Development. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Macaulay Honors College and Hunter College with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics.
Catherine Godschalk joined Calvert Foundation in July 2011 and is Vice President for Lending. Calvert Foundation channels social investment capital from more than 7,000 individual investors to CDFIs, affordable housing developers, microfinance institutions, and fair trade organizations. Prior to joining Calvert Foundation, Catherine was the Washington, D.C. Regional Office Director at Self-Help Ventures Fund, leading community development financing to support commercial real estate, affordable housing, charter schools, and other community facilities in underserved areas around the Washington, D.C. metro area.
Catherine also led Self-Help’s national Foreclosure Recovery Initiative, developing loan products and lending capital designed to support the redevelopment single family and multifamily foreclosed properties. Catherine joined Self-Help in 2005 after six years as Senior Policy Analyst in Fannie Mae’s Housing and Community Development Division, where she managed a team of analysts focused on policy and product development to support minority and low-income homeownership, combating predatory lending, and supporting efforts to end chronic homelessness. Prior to Fannie Mae, Catherine managed grant portfolios focused on affordable housing development and school-to-work educational initiatives for the SH Cowell Foundation in San Francisco, CA.
Catherine has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.
Senior Loan Officer, International Lending
Songbae supports Calvert Foundation’s end-to-end deal origination, credit assessment, and ongoing portfolio monitoring. Previously, he worked for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in their global energy investment banking group in New York City, Bank of America Securities in their real estate investment banking group in San Francisco, and Mercy Corps in their microfinance institution in Kyrgyzstan. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.S. from the University of Vermont.
Vice President, Underwriting
Lauri Michel manages due diligence, underwriting, and loan monitoring support for the Calvert Foundation’s loan portfolios. Before joining Calvert Foundation, Ms. Michel was a Vice President at KEMA Advisors, a North Carolina consulting firm. She served as Vice President, Community Revitalization for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and as President of NT CDFI, Inc.
Ms. Michel has over fifteen years of experience in commercial real estate finance and managed New York City’s affordable housing development and finance programs as Deputy Commissioner for Development at its Department of Housing Preservation & Development. Ms. Michel is a Trustee of the National Trust Community Investment Corporation, serving on the Investment, Governance, and Subsidiary Oversight Committees. She is also a Board member of the Historic Hillsborough (NC) Commission.
Ms. Michel holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a M. Arch. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Senior Officer, Servicing
Sheila Saxton joined the Calvert Foundation in January 2013 to manage the loan servicing and loan administration responsibilities. Prior to joining Calvert Foundation, Sheila was at Fannie Mae for 11 years, where she was a Director in Fannie Mae’s Multifamily Division, managing a team of Portfolio Administration professionals. Before arriving at Fannie Mae, Sheila was a Vice President of Loan Administration at Bank of America’s Community Development Group. Sheila has a strong background in real estate loan administration with an emphasis on construction monitoring. Sheila attended University of Maryland University College and lives in Southern Maryland.
Andrew Schlack joined Calvert Foundation in 2012 and is the Director of Lending. He is an affordable housing and community development finance professional, with more than 10 years’ experience as a Program and Loan Officer for the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund. Andrew’s lending focus has been on serving nonprofit organizations, builders, and developers with social capital in the form of low-cost predevelopment and construction financing, permanent gap loans, capacity building grants, planning services, technical assistance, public policy analysis, and applied research with an emphasis on green building, sustainable community development, supportive housing with services, affordable housing preservation, core neighborhood revitalization, and foreclosure recovery. He has served as a Board member of the Minnesota Homeownership Center and the Board Chair of CapitolRiver Council.
Andrew is a trained architect and holds a Master’s of Architecture and a second Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota.
Senior Officer, Strategic Initiatives
Patrick Davis is a Senior Officer on the Strategic Initiatives team at Calvert Foundation, where he works with investors, financial advisors, and philanthropic institutions to incorporate social and environmental impact into investment portfolios. In his role on the Strategic Initiatives Team, he provides strategic, operational, and communications support to the launch and ongoing cultivation of new impact investment products and portfolios.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2008, Patrick held positions at the Center for Student Opportunity and the Meltzer Group. He is a StartingBloc Fellow and a graduate of the CIVICUS leadership program, and he serves on the Board of Advisors for RaiseDC and UnSectored.net. Patrick is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received degrees in Economics, Political Science, and Latin American Studies.
Director, Strategic Initiatives
Margot manages strategy development, fundraising, and implementation of new investment initiatives and portfolios that target key impact areas at Calvert Foundation, such as women’s empowerment (WIN-WIN) and the revitalization of iconic cities. Previously, Margot managed a $75 million loan portfolio, originated and underwrote transactions, and developed investment strategies for Calvert Foundation’s loan portfolio.
After working in international development at Pathfinder International in Boston and Ethiopia, Margot developed an interest in social finance through working at Walden Asset Management and NCB Capital Impact.
Margot has an M.B.A. from the University of California-Berkeley, where she was a founding principal of a $1.5 million student-run social investment fund, and a B.A. from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a 2013 PLACES Fellow with The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.
Officer, Strategic Initiatives
Najada works on the design, management, partnerships and communications around new investment initiatives and incubator portfolios within Calvert Foundation’s Strategic Initiatives mandate. She is responsible for the origination of new investments and management of credit quality within the incubator portfolios. This portfolio is comprised of microfinance institutions and intermediary vehicles, ventures in sustainable agriculture, and small to medium enterprises providing access to clean water and renewable energy to the base of the pyramid.
Prior to joining Calvert Foundation, Najada worked as a Project Assistant for the Central and Eastern European team at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. She also worked with Community Reinvestment Fund and had done international development work in Kenya, Cambodia and Albania.
She received a B.A. in Economics from Macalester College in Minnesota.
Officer, Strategic Initiatives
Leigh is an Officer on the Strategic Initiatives team at Calvert Foundation, focused on the design and implementation of investment initiatives based on key social impact areas, such as the Women Investing in Women Initiative launched last year. Leigh is currently leading Calvert Foundation’s work to develop a new initiative to engage diaspora communities to invest in the economic development of their country of origin or heritage.
Prior to Calvert Foundation, Leigh spent time at the National Economic Council and also worked with a microinsurance NGO in New Delhi to create an impact assessment framework for field programs. Leigh completed a Princeton-in-Asia fellowship in Hangzhou, China and holds a B.A. in Economics from Boston College.
Andrew leads communications and marketing activities in support of Calvert Foundation’s thought leadership goals and investment initiatives. This includes managing Calvert Foundation’s website and email strategy, contributing to content development, and leading on and offline campaigns to various stakeholders. Andrew most recently worked in a marketing role at SunEdison, a global solar company, and has also done international development work through the Peace Corps. He holds a B.S. in Product Design from Virginia Tech.
Analyst, Investor Relations
Mary Blackford is an Analyst on the Investor Relations team at Calvert Foundation. She acts as the primary contact for all account servicing inquiries for all individual and institutional investors and financial advisors. She also handles investor reporting and communications related to the Community Investment Note Program. Prior to working at Calvert Foundation, Mary was a Development Associate at Groundswell- a clean energies non-profit in Washington D.C. Mary received a B.S. in Business Management from Babson College, where she had the opportunity to study and teach courses on entrepreneurship to high schoolers in Ghana and South Africa.
Senior Director, Investment Partnerships
Justin Conway is the Senior Director of Investment Partnerships at Calvert Foundation. He is responsible for business and industry development, manages the firm’s financial services and distribution relationships, and works closely with the investors and financial advisors that are at the forefront of using investment capital for social impact.
Prior to Calvert Foundation, Justin managed the Community Investment Program of the Social Investment Forum and Green America. Before that he worked on human rights, economic, and legal issues in Asia and Central America. Justin serves on the Board of US SIF, the membership association for financial professionals engaged in sustainable and responsible investing, and also serves on numerous other advisory boards and committees in the industry.
He received a Bachelor’s in Sociology and Statistics from James Madison University and a Master’s in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University.
Vice President, Risk Management
Angela Atherton is the Vice President of Risk Management for Calvert Foundation. She manages enterprise and credit risk, including portfolio analysis and reporting.
Ms. Atherton brings 20 years of risk management and portfolio analytics experience working with financial institutions and businesses in developed and emerging markets. She began her career in investment banking performing financial analysis and modeling to structure transactions. During her tenure at Fannie Mae, she was instrumental in the development and implementation of a wide variety of credit portfolio analytic methodologies. Through her consulting firm, she provided credit, structuring, and financial technical assistance and training to a wide range of organizations emerging in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Most recently, she co-founded a firm offering an analytics platform for fixed income investors.
Ms. Atherton holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and Financial Risk Manager designations. Additionally, she earned a Master of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Economics.
Senior Community Investment Note Officer, Corporate Finance
Ellen is responsible for overall management of Community Investment Notes, including monitoring Notes transactions and providing external & internal customer service. Previously, she worked as Supervisor in the Corporate Trust Department at Riggs National Bank in Washington, D.C. Ellen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in Banking & Finance.
Officer, Portfolio Analytics
Kevin joined Calvert Foundation in 2008 and currently works on Calvert Foundation’s portfolio reporting, systems development, and social performance measurement. Prior to that, he performed credit analysis and monitoring of CDFIs, affordable housing developers, and other organizations in the US portfolio. Before joining Calvert Foundation, Kevin worked as an Analyst at SNL Financial, a data provider to investment banks. Kevin graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Finance and Economics.
Senior Officer, Corporate Finance
At Calvert Foundation, Matt is responsible for financial planning and analysis, budgeting, liquidity management, and subordinated debt-related covenant and capital adequacy tracking. Prior to joining Calvert Foundation, Matt spent three years as an Investment Analyst at Pricoa Capital Group, a private debt investor, in Frankfurt, Germany. In his free time, Matt has volunteered for a number of organizations locally and abroad, and he enjoys traveling and being outdoors running, biking, and swimming. Matt holds a Master of Economics degree from Macquarie University in Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts with double majors in Economics & Political Science from St. Norbert College in Wisconsin. He studied abroad at the London School of Economics in London and at Fudan University in Shanghai.
Human Resources and Office Manager
Febry supports Calvert Foundation as a Human Resources Officer and Office Manager. She handles a wide array of tasks, from employee benefit programs to facility management. Febry came to us with experience as an Executive Assistant for the International Finance Corporation office in Indonesia. Febry has an educational background in Administration and Secretarial.
Vice President, Human Resources
Lorraine Gordon has more than 25 years of experience as a leadership consultant, facilitator/workshop leader, executive coach, entrepreneur, and marketing communications professional. She coaches leaders and teams on shifting and transforming their behaviors to better align with their own and their company’s culture and core values. Her coaching approach is goals-driven with emphasis on establishing trust, building awareness and accountability, and closing performance gaps.
She most recently served as Managing Director of Kaleidoscope Consulting, where she designed and delivered HR and leadership development interventions for for-profit and non-profit clients. In this capacity, Lorraine specialized in helping individuals and organizations enhance their leadership abilities, improve their team effectiveness, and create a high performance culture of trust and inclusion. Lorraine also held leadership positions within for-profit and non-profit organizations, including 10 years at Fannie Mae where she played a key role in shaping the company’s culture strategy and led a marketing team in its housing & community development division. She worked for five years at Kaiser Permanente, where she worked with senior management to develop and implement strategic communication and employee development programs for more than 5,700 employees and physicians in the company’s Mid-Atlantic States Region. Lorraine trained abroad (leadership transformation) in Sao Paulo, Brazil with McKinsey Consulting. She earned her B.A. in Journalism from Temple University, her Master’s in Applied Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins University, and completed her coaching certification through Georgetown University’s Executive Coaching Certification Program. Lorraine enjoys singing, traveling, writing in her journal, reading, hiking, and community projects. She completed community work in Liberia, West Africa in 1986. Also, she sang with a choral group in Austria, Vienna in 2006; her group won the highest honors at an international choral competition in Verona, Italy in 2008. Lorraine resides in Maryland with her family.
Senior Officer, Information & Technology
Shwetha manages all application software and their integration across all business units and acts as the primary liaison between business users and IT consultants/vendors. Previously, she has worked as a Business Analyst at the World Bank. She holds a M.S. in Management Information Systems from the George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University.
Director, Information Technology
Richard brings 12 years of experience in telecommunications, and more than a decade in networking technologies, to Calvert Foundation. His career has been dedicated to providing complex information technology services to both non-profit and corporate sector organizations.
Before joining Calvert Foundation in 2011, Richard served as a Network and Telecommunication Administrator at Calvert Investments, where he managed multiple projects from development to implementation. Prior to that, Richard was with Siemens Enterprise Networks, where he worked closely with the technology team to diagnose, analyze, and resolve phone and network system challenges. With extensive experience in technology and a focus on strategic solution analysis, Richard brings significant expertise to Calvert Foundation.
Richard graduated Alpha Sigma Lambda from Strayer University with a Master of Science in Communication Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Networks. He is also a Microsoft Certified Engineer. Richard resides in Woodbridge, Virginia with his wife and three children.