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  • Loan Underwriter
    Under the Director of Lending’s guidance, the Loan Underwriter is responsible for reviewing financial data, assessing credit risk, and structuring transactions working in conjunction with the organization’s Lending Team. Full job description.
  • Staff Accountant
    The Staff Accountant will have a broad range of financial and administrative responsibilities providing accounting and financial support to the Finance Director and the Executive Director. Full job description.

Our Story

The Leviticus Fund is motivated by faith and founded on the biblical verse of Leviticus 25:23 and its call for justice in the stewardship of economic resources. The Fund supports transformative solutions that serve low-income and vulnerable people by combining flexible capital from social impact investors and contributors with knowledge-sharing to create sustainable and affordable communities.

In December 1981, a group of religious leaders from the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment met to discuss a new model for addressing the needs of the disadvantaged. They saw that, if they pooled and invested their resources together, they could do more to reflect and advance the faith-driven values they shared: ensuring that the economically poor could live with dignity and self-determination; using their shared resources for the benefit of those with less; and protecting and sharing the earth’s resources.

In May 1983, 27 of the religious congregations pooled $360,000 in capital to form the Leviticus 25:23 Alternative Fund.

This vision of social and economic justice has endured as our driving force for over 38 years. It guided our first two loans in 1984, which supported a tenant-owned cooperative in New York City and a workplace and training center for mentally-challenged adults in Nyack, NY. It led us to become one of the nation’s first certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) in 1994, to expand our investments into early care and education in 1997, and to more recently launch new programs for real estate entrepreneurs of color, community health centers, charter public schools, and healthy food-access. And it has inspired the numerous loans we have made in recent years to foster decent homes, schools, jobs, and health and social services for thousands of low-income families across five states.

Our impact has grown steadily over time, from $1.5 million invested in our first 10 years to over $147.2 million as of today. We now have 67 member investors and 94 individual and institutional associate investors, each of whom ensure we can continue to fulfill the vision of our founders: to share the gift of economic resources in order to advance a more just and equitable society—one in which all people can meet their basic needs and access opportunities.

Funding Projects that Change Lives

Our People

Board of Directors

Sr. Rosemary Jeffries, RSM
Board President
Executive Director
All-Africa Conference: Sister to Sister
Darlene Robinson
Board Vice President
Vice President, Commercial Community Development Lending
Fulton Bank
Toni Palamar
Board Treasurer
Province Business Administrator
Sisters of the Good Shepherd
Sr. Ellenrita Purcaro, OP
Board Secretary
Director
Empowerment Center at Harmony Farm
Elaine Dovas
CRA Officer & First Vice President
Apple Bank for Savings
Jonathan Hummel
Managing Director, Risk Management
Deutsche Bank AG
Becky Koch
Senior Relationship Manager & Team Leader
HSBC Bank USA, N.A.
Dan Letendre
Managing Director and CDFI Lending & Investing Executive
Bank of America
Joseph F. Reilly
President & CEO
Community Development Trust, Inc.
Sr. Peggy Scarano, OP
Regional Representative
SOAR!
Shona St. Angelo
Chief Financial Officer
Concern for Independent Living, Inc.
Elizabeth Torres
Principal
HousingSmarts, LLC
Rev. Julius Walls, Jr.
President
Greater Centennial Community Development Corporation

 Staff Members

Greg Maher
Executive Director

gmaher@leviticusfund.org
914-909-4498
Greg joined the Leviticus Fund as Executive Director in 2013, and is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of our operations and for formulating new initiatives to address the needs of the low-income people and communities that we serve. Previously, he spent 23 years at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the last seven as Senior Vice President for Lending. While a member of LISC’s Loan Committee he reviewed and helped shape over 2,500 loan requests totaling over $1.1 billion to a wide variety of projects. Greg is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and St. John’s University School of Law.

Helen Davis
Loan Manager

hdavis@leviticusfund.org
914-909-4560
Helen is our Loan Manager and provides direct support to the lending staff throughout the lending process from origination through closing, disbursement and payoff, including monitoring and reporting.  Prior to joining Leviticus, she worked for a commercial real estate management company and has held several jobs in the banking sector that involved internal auditing, and reporting design and implementation. A lawyer, Helen also worked with legal services in Westchester County. She has volunteered with Girl Scouts and her school district’s Special Education PTA. She holds a BBA in Finance from Pace University and a law degree from Fordham University School of Law.

Kayla Jeffrey
Senior Loan Officer

kjeffrey@leviticusfund.org
914-909-4568
Kayla is our Senior Loan Officer and works closely with our Executive Director and Director of Lending in business development and customer relations, as well as supporting the development of new lending programs and products, and completing initial loan feasibility assessments. Prior to Leviticus, she worked as a Development Assistant and Leasing Specialist with Regan Development Corp, which specializes in affordable housing and special needs housing. Kayla earned a Master of Science degree in Sustainable Urbanism from the University College in London and holds a B.A. in Urban Studies and a Planning degree from The University at Albany.

Jelani Jones
Lending Associate

jjones@leviticusfund.org
914-909-9180
Jelani is our Lending Associate and his work involves all aspects of our lending, from pre-loan application process to providing support for loan portfolio management, to business development and relationship management. He also assists in gathering impact data related to financed projects, and helps coordinate Leviticus’ communications that profile our borrowers. Jelani holds a BA in Management with a background in finance from New York University’s Stern Business School, and worked as an intern with Leviticus in 2019. Jelani helped raise over $1 million for The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation fighting pediatric cancer over the course of two years.

Kevin P. McQueen
Director of Lending

kmcqueen@leviticusfund.org
914-909-4482
Kevin joined the Leviticus Fund as Director of Lending in 2020. He is responsible for all facets of our lending programs, ensuring that we achieve our strategic goals and maintain flexibility and responsiveness in meeting the needs of the organizations we serve. Prior to joining Leviticus, he was a partner at BWB Solutions LLC, a consulting firm specializing in strategy development for organizations committed to social impact. Kevin is also an Adjunct Instructor at The Milano School of Policy, Management and Environment, where he teaches community development finance. Kevin graduated from Brown University and is completing a graduate degree in Economics at The New School for Social Research.

Hayley Morland
Finance & Operations Associate

hmorland@leviticusfund.org
914-909-9181
Hayley is our Finance & Operations Associate and is responsible for a broad range of tasks related to bookkeeping and support to our Finance Director, in addition to general administrative support for staff. Prior to Leviticus, she spent the last decade working in corporate accounting and recruitment. Hayley recently received her 300-Hour Yoga and 100-Hour Meditation teacher training certifications, and is passionate about encouraging mindfulness and offering workshops on maintaining healthy relationships with money and finances. She holds a BA in English Language & Literature from the University of Reading, UK.

Jose Rivera
Finance Director

jrivera@leviticusfund.org
914-909-4553
Jose is our Finance Director and oversees all facets of bookkeeping, accounting, treasury functions and loan servicing.  He also provides support to the Executive Director for securing new debt and existing debt renewals and increases.  Jose has extensive financial management experience in the nonprofit sector, having worked for social service agencies, a charter public school and a supportive services provider. Jose is active in community-based programs that serve disabled and emotionally fragile youth and has served as a facilitator in racial and social-economic oppression workshops. He holds a B.B.A. Accounting degree from Iona College.

Colleen M. Ryan
Resource Development Officer

cryan@leviticusfund.org
914-909-4381
Colleen joined the Leviticus Fund as Resource Development Officer in 2020. She is responsible for increasing resources to support Leviticus’ work, including membership expansion, advancing initiatives to secure investments from faith-based colleges and universities, and developing and implementing a Legacy Fund. In addition to her work with Leviticus, Colleen is principal of CMR Communications, a consulting firm certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by NYS, which provides association and grants management support for nonprofits serving vulnerable populations. She is a graduate of the College of St. Rose in Albany.

Maryann Sorese
Communications & Compliance Officer

msorese@leviticusfund.org
914-909-4422
As our Communications and Compliance Officer, Maryann handles all compliance reporting to our investors, funders and federal agencies and manages our print and electronic communications and impact tracking database. Before Leviticus, Maryann worked in fundraising for an international nonprofit and lived in Brazil for nine years involved in housing and land access issues. She serves on the Board of Directors for IFCA Housing Network, a nonprofit housing agency in her community. She holds a BA in Journalism from New York University and an MBA from Mercy College.


Commitment to Diversity

The Leviticus Fund is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion on its Board of Directors and among its staff. In all aspects of its operations and at all levels of the organization, Leviticus Fund works to ensure that there is no discrimination on the basis of, but not limited to, ethnicity, race, age, sexual or gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, physical ability, religious belief, culture or geographic background. Our vision of diversity also encompasses differences in skills and experience among Board and staff members, and we seek to maximize the potential of all employees and to attract staff of diverse backgrounds.