NC3’s Board and Staff:

Chris Miller

Chris Miller

Downtown & Economic Development, City of Adrian, MI; Board Chair, NC3

Location: Michigan

Chris is the Special Projects Consultant for PlaneWave instruments in Adrian Michigan.  The global leader in high-tech research telescopes, PlaneWave is also a committed community partner working for a strong equitable local economy and a vibrant place to live.  Formerly the City of Adrian’s lead economic developer, Chris speaks across the nation on economic development strategies, centering on the principles and practices of Community Capital.  He has personally worked on and invested in community capital raises for private businesses, and contributed to the creation of Michigan’s nation-leading Public Spaces Community Places program, where communities raise local funds to create wonderful public spaces and receive matching funds from the state.  A founding board member of NC3, Chris led the establishment of Michigan’s investment crowdfunding law, working with advocates in the legislature and across the state.

 

Samantha Ruiz

Samantha Ruiz

Organizer + Founder, HAWAII SOUP; Board Vice-Chair, NC3

Location: Hawaii

Samantha is the founder and organizer of HI SOUP, a collaborative finance platform, that allows community members throughout the Hawaiian Islands to invest in ideas, organizations and people serving the greater good of Hawaii. Outside of her role with HI SOUP, Samantha is the Director of Regulatory Affairs at the Ulupono Initiative, an Impact Investment firm focused on local food production, renewable energy, and waste reduction. Prior to Hawaii, Samantha has been a part of several organizations that value equity, access, and inclusion. Samantha serves on the Advisory Board of the environmental non-profit, IDEAS for Us, which she co-founded while at the University of Central Florida and has worked with a renewable energy and energy efficiency specific CDFI in low income neighborhoods throughout Florida. Samantha holds a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School and is currently enrolled in an international energy policy program at the European University Institute pursuing a certificate in International Energy Regulation.

Janice Shade

Janice Shade

Founder, Initiative for Local Capital; Treasurer, NC3

Location: Vermont

Janice is the founder of the Initiative for Local Capital and co-founder of Milk Money VT, an intrastate investment crowdfunding platform driving investment to local Vermont businesses. She is an entrepreneur and marketing/finance professional with 20 years’ experience in brand management, strategic planning, and financial analysis. Previously, she served as the Founder/CEO of TrueBody Products, a founding board member/Executive Director of Local First Vermont, and the CFO/VP Operations of Mamava, Inc.

Brian Beckon

Brian Beckon

Managing Attorney, Cutting Edge Counsel; Secretary, NC3

Location: California

Brian is an attorney with over two decades of experience working for nonprofits, start-ups, and publicly-traded companies. His experience spans a diverse range of industries, including finance, software, publishing, energy, and philanthropy. He currently serves as Managing Attorney of Cutting Edge Counsel.

Bill Huston

Bill Huston

Founder & CEO, Our Crowd Rocks; Founder, WeCycl; Marketing & Media Relations, Buy the Block

Location: Kentucky

Bill Huston is the Founder and CEO of Our Crowd Rocks, a crowd investing consulting and management agency that focuses on urban economic development. Bill was named one of the Top 19 crowdfunding experts globally by Inc. Magazine in 2014. Bill has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for startups and other organizations. Bill is a founder at WeCycl.net  and Marketing and Media Relations Manager for Buy The Block crowd investing platform.

Carla Mannings

Carla Mannings

Chief of Strategic Initiatives, Partners for the Common Good

Location: Washington, D.C.

Carla serves in an executive leadership capacity for program and business development across Partners for the Common Good’s capital fundraising, lending, CapNexus platform, impact metrics and other programmatic initiatives.

Prior to joining PCG, Ms. Mannings served as a Relationship Manager for NeighborWorks America where she advised non-profit organizations located throughout the Southeast region of the United States. Other positions include serving as a Commercial Real Estate Loan Officer for Community Housing Capital where Ms. Mannings worked closely with borrowers across the nation through loan origination, underwriting and by providing project based technical assistance.

Ms. Mannings spent over 20 years in the banking industry, primarily with Wells Fargo Bank where she held lending and underwriting positions in the commercial division. She also spent several years in the Finance area of the bank where she performed budgeting, forecasting, and financial advisory duties, both statewide and for the corporation.

She currently serves as a Board Member with Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) and Disability Finance Coalition (Founding Board Member and Vice Chair). Ms. Mannings also serves as a Loan Committee member with NCALL Loan Fund, located in Dover, Delaware.  She is an active member with her Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated.

Ms. Mannings hold a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University and a Master of Business Administration from Brenau University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and exploring the arts.

Cameron Rhudy

Cameron Rhudy

Attorney, Sustainable Economies Law Center

Location: Callifornia

As the lead of the Sustainable Economies Law Center’s Fellowship Program, Cameron is passionate about supporting lawyers committed to building resilient local economies. Through the Fellowship Program, lawyers receive training, mentorship, and resources as they grow their law practices. As legal support to the Grassroots Finance Program, Cameron strives to reduce barriers to financing and investing in community enterprises, and coordinates SELC’s research and education efforts in furtherance of that goal. Cameron also provides legal support to the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe Program, which provides direct legal services to individuals and groups creating community-based enterprises. Cameron particularly enjoys helping make legal services more accessible and hopes to one day see legal cafes like SELC’s all over the world.

Before becoming a staff attorney at SELC, Cameron opened a small law practice in Sacramento, CA while participating in SELC’s Fellowship Program. Her law practice serves small creative businesses, cooperatives, and social enterprises.

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Corinne Florek

Corinne Florek

Portfolio Manager for the Adrian Dominican Sisters' Community Investment Program

Location: Calilfornia

For forty years, Corinne Florek, an Adrian Dominican Sister, has been working in the field of community economic development as a manager, educator, consultant, financial administrator and strategic planner. Whether administering a 50-member craft cooperative in Appalachia, a  small business loan fund for low-income women in San Francisco or managing international loan funds her work has focused on using capital innovatively to empower low-income people. Sr. Corinne received an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and has worked with a number of loan funds and nonprofits including the Mercy Partnership Fund, a community investment fund for the Sisters of Mercy which she directed for over 12 years and the Religious Communities Impact Fund, a collaborative fund sponsored by more than thirty Catholic women’s religious congregations, which she directed for over 12 years.  Corinne is currently the Portfolio Manager for the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ community investment program.  Corinne was awarded the Ned Gramlich Lifetime Achievement Award from the Opportunity Finance Network in 2010 and the Community Impact Award from the Northern California Community Loan Fund in 2014.

 

Eric Davis

Eric Davis

Chief Investment Officer and Principal at Revalue

Location: Michigan

Eric is a licensed Investment Advisor and the Chief Investment Officer and Principal at Revalue, a B Corp values-based investment advisory firm and leader in the community capital movement. Eric studied at Eastern Michigan University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA with a specialty in Finance. During his time in college, Mr. Davis played on the Eagles’ football team, eventually earning a scholarship and becoming a captain by his senior year. He blends his curiosity about how companies execute their strategy with how analysts determine their actual value, not just their stock price, in his analyst work at Revalue. He is also grateful to be with a company that can align his skills in finance towards impacting local communities. In addition to providing investment research at Revalue, Eric is an assistant facilitator at PCS Insight, the Technology Investment Analyst at Automation Alley, Systems and Support Analyst at MVS Alliance, and the Offensive Coordinator for Southgate Anderson High School Football team. Mr. Davis has passed Level II of the CFA Program.

Ken Linge

Ken Linge

NC3 Executive Director

Location: Vermont

For nearly a decade, Ken served as the director of a public library where he had the privilege of working with and learning from many people dedicated to community development. He also became familiar with the social and economic challenges that communities often face, and since transitioning from the library world to the broader social enterprise world via the MBA program at the University of Vermont, Ken has developed strategy for national organizations to grow collaborative multi-sector initiatives to solve environmental and economic problems as well as regional initiatives to promote greater, more inclusive opportunities for students and entrepreneurs to participate more deeply in their communities.

Ken believes in a future of inclusive, shared prosperity catalyzed by mission-driven innovators and nurtured by multi-sector collaborations that drive systemic progress.

Advisors:

Michael Shuman

Michael Shuman

Consultant

Amy Pearl

Amy Pearl

Director of Community Development, SeedPay

Arno Hesse

Arno Hesse

Slow Money N. California Investor; Founder, Credibles

Lina Buffington

Lina Buffington

Angela Barbash

Angela Barbash

Founder and CEO, Revalue Investment Advisory Firm

Marco Vangelisti

Marco Vangelisti

Economist, Educator, Founder, "Essential Knowledge for Transition" (ek4t)

John Katovich

John Katovich

Lawyer, Entrepreneur, President, Cutting Edge Capital

Andrew Dix

Andrew Dix

Founder & CEO, Crowded Media Group

Amy Cortese

Amy Cortese

Journalist & Author; Founder, Locavesting.com; Co-Founder, Investibule