IEN Community Investing Roundtable Speakers


Elyse Cherry, Chief Executive Officer, Boston Community Capital

Elyse Cherry is Chief Executive Officer of Boston Community Capital (BCC), a national, nonprofit organization that has invested over $1.4 billion to create housing, jobs and opportunities in low-income communities. Under her leadership, BCC has leveraged $7 billion of public and private investment in underserved communities nationwide. Elyse helped found Boston Community Capital and has been integrally involved in its development and growth from a start-up organization to what is, today, a national model for community investment. Read her full bio here.


Kate D. Dumas, CFA, Principal/Consultant, Prime Buchholz

Kate joined Prime Buchholz in 2005 and has more than 18 years of experience in the industry.  In her current role, she provides advice to various endowment and foundation clients. She is co-chair of the Mission-Aligned Investment Committee, of which she was a founding member.  Kate’s experience includes helping clients develop investment programs that reflect their values and researching mission-aligned investments.  Previously, she served as a consulting analyst and a research analyst for the Firm, conducting due diligence on traditional as well as ESG managers, with a focus on U.S. equity.  Prior to joining Prime Buchholz, Kate was with Deutsche Bank AG and Mellon Trust. Read her full bio here.


Deborah Frieze, Founder and President, Boston Impact Initiative

Deborah Frieze is founder and president of the Boston Impact Initiative, an impact investing fund focused on economic justice, which means investing in opportunity for all people—especially those most oppressed or abandoned by our current economic system—to lead a dignified and productive life. The fund takes an integrated capital approach, combining investing, lending and giving to build a resilient and inclusive local economy. Deborah is co-author (with Margaret Wheatley) of Walk Out Walk On, an award-winning book that profiles pioneering leaders who walked out of organizations failing to contribute to the common good—and walked on to build resilient communities. She is also founder of the Old Oak Dojo, an urban learning center in Boston, MA


Erik Gross, Board Treasurer, UNH Foundation

In December 2014, Erik joined the UNH Foundation as Treasurer and the associated role in UNH Advancement of Associate Vice President of Finance and Administration. Prior to joining the Foundation, Erik served the University System of New Hampshire for five years as Associate Treasurer, and, for an interim period, as Treasurer. In that role, he interfaced with leadership at all of the USNH institutions and the Board of Trustees, and he oversaw USNH’s endowment portfolio, cash management functions, debt portfolio and risk/insurance program. Read his full bio here.


John Hamilton, Vice President of Economic Opportunity, New Hampshire Community Loan Fund

John Hamilton is Vice President of Economic Opportunity at the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, a 34-year old nonprofit that turns investments into loans and education to create opportunity and transform lives across New Hampshire. John leads lending production for the Community Loan Fund, which has lent more than $260 million in New Hampshire for affordable housing, childcare and economic opportunities. John has a passion for cultivating people and profits. He is currently leading the expansion of the Community Loan Fund’s Business Finance program connects business owners with the capital and expertise they need to compete in a changing marketplace. Read his full bio here.


Michael Hokenson, Co-Founder & Partner, Community Investment Management

Michael Hokenson is a Co-Founder of Community Investment Management and serves as Partner leading business development for the firm. He was Co-Founder of Minlam Asset Management and served as Managing Director from 2005 to 2012, where he developed an extensive network of global institutional and individual investors for Minlam Microfinance Fund. Mr. Hokenson served as a member of the fund's Investment Committee and performed credit analysis including on-site due diligence and monitoring of active investments. Following Minlam's acquisition, he joined TriLinc Global LLC as Director of Sales to launch the first SEC-registered impact investment fund in June 2013 focused on emerging market SME private credit. Read his full bio here.



Tom Mitchell, Managing Director, Cambridge Associates*

Tom Mitchell is a Managing Director in Cambridge Associates’ Arlington, VA office. He leads a number of relationships with colleges & universities, foundations, and private clients ranging in size from $30 million to $4 billion. Tom advises on total investment program management, inclusive of issues such as governance, strategy, portfolio construction, manager diligence and selection, and ongoing monitoring and evaluation. Read his full bio here.


Michael Wilson, CFO, and Vice President of Finance, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Michael Wilson leads the Foundation’s investment and finance departments. As CFO, he manages more than $700 million in investments across the full range of asset classes. He has been with the Foundation since 2005, and has held senior finance and operations positions in the business and nonprofit sectors in the U.S. and in England. Michael leads the Foundation’s Impact Investing program (the practice of investing for social and environmental criteria as well as financial return) and speaks frequently on the topic at national nonprofit conferences. Read his full bio here.



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