Ellis Carr, President & Chief Executive Officer
Ellis Carr has spent more than two decades addressing the social and economic justice issues that impact underserved communities through his work in the financial services and community development sectors. That effort continues as the president and CEO of Capital Impact Partners, a role he was promoted to in 2016 after serving as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for four years.
Among his institutional priorities, Mr. Carr leads Capital Impact’s 2020 strategy, an ambitious agenda anchored by four strategic pillars: addressing systemic poverty, building equitable opportunities, creating healthy communities and ensuring inclusive growth.
As CFO, Mr. Carr was instrumental in raising and structuring over $200M in capital for the firm and led the effort for Capital Impact to become a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. In 2015, he was recognized as one of the “Top 40 under 40” business executives by the Washington Business Journal.
Mr. Carr’s financial expertise was honed over many years in the private sector. He held various positions during his tenure at Freddie Mac including roles in Investments and Capital Markets, and Strategy and Corporate Finance. Prior to Freddie Mac, he worked domestically and abroad for Deutsche Bank.
Mr. Carr is a trustee of the NHP Foundation; the Treasurer and Board Member of Martha’s Table; a Board member of OFN (the Opportunity Finance Network) and HPN (the Housing Partnership Network).
Mr. Carr graduated from Towson University with an undergraduate degree in accounting, and a master’s degree from Georgetown University.
Carolyn Bauer, Chief Risk Officer
As Chief Risk Officer, Carolyn Bauer oversees development and management of Capital Impact Partners’ enterprise risk strategy, and ensures it remains consistent with our mission. Additionally, she manages our formal risk management program, where her key areas of focus include, new program development, credit risk, investor and other third-party external program compliance, internal process enhancements and development of systems to support processes and providing critical risk management information.
Prior to joining Capital Impact Partners in 1995, Ms. Bauer spent three years as a loan review manager for National Cooperative Bank and four years as a savings bank manager.
She holds an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the University of Maryland. Ms. Bauer is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Frank Fasano, Chief Information Officer
As Chief Information Officer, Frank Fasano is responsible for strategic IT planning and providing guidance and oversight of Information Technology initiatives. A graduate of Georgetown University with a degree in Government and International Relations, he has more than 20 years experience in IT. Prior to joining Capital Impact Partners, Mr. Fasano served as Chief Information Officer for the National Cooperative Bank.
Natalie Gunn, Chief Financial Officer
Natalie Nickens Gunn is responsible for formulating and executing Capital Impact Partners’ financial road map, capital base expansion, and investor relations. She also manages the overall direction for accounting, tax, audit, treasury and financial planning and analysis.
Mrs. Gunn has more than 20 years of corporate financing and accounting experience across the public and private sectors, including serving as Capital Impact Partners’ Controller before stepping into the Chief Financial Officer position. Prior to joining Capital Impact, she held senior positions at the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae), National Cooperative Bank (NCB), Capital Automotive REIT and Host Hotels and Resorts.
Mrs. Gunn has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1996. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hampton University with a degree in accounting.
Amy Sue Leavens, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Amy Sue Leavens oversees all legal matters involving the company and is responsible for advising the Board of Directors on corporate governance and legal compliance matters. Ms. Leavens joined Capital Impact in 2011. She has almost 20 years of experience in corporate law departments and in private practice as an advisor to executive officers and boards of directors.
Ms. Leavens was honored in 2015 as one of Washington, D.C.’s Top Corporate Counsel by Bisnow and the Association of Corporate Counsel, nominated in 2014 for the Association of Corporate Counsel (WMACCA) Outstanding Chief Legal Officer Award and received WMACCA’s Community Service Award in 2014.
Ms. Leavens is a graduate of Georgetown University and Pepperdine University School of Law. She is a member of the bar in the District of Columbia, Virginia, California and Pennsylvania.
Scott Sporte, Chief Lending Officer
Scott Sporte leads the Capital Impact Partners team that provides financing to community-based health care providers, nonprofit educational institutions, affordable housing developers, retail grocers and wholesalers, and other affiliated organizations nationwide. He has more than 20 years experience in community development finance, including five years in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with a ShoreBank-affiliated nonprofit organization, providing startup and expansion financing to entrepreneurial businesses.
He holds degrees from Kenyon College and Yale Divinity School and serves on the boards of LifeLong Medical Care, ROC USA Capital and The Berkeley Pilgrimage Foundation.