Ellis Carr, President & Chief Executive Officer
Ellis Carr has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services and mortgage industries. Mr. Carr served as Capital Impact’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from July, 2012 until his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer in May, 2016.
Prior to joining Capital Impact, he held various positions in the investments, capital markets, strategy and corporate finance areas within Freddie Mac and in fixed income fund management both domestically and abroad at Deutsche Bank.
Mr. Carr is a trustee of the NHP Foundation; the Treasurer and Board member of Martha’s Table; a Board member of Housing Partnership Network (HPN); and a Board member of the Opportunity Finance Network (OFN). In 2015, he was recognized as one of the “Top 40 under 40” business executives by the Washington Business Journal. Mr. Carr graduated from Towson University with an undergraduate degree in accounting, and from Georgetown University with a master’s degree in real estate with a concentration in finance.
Carolyn Bauer, Chief Risk Officer
As Chief Risk Officer, Carolyn Bauer is responsible for Capital Impact’s enterprise risk management function, portfolio management, servicing and operations. Her key areas of focus include new program development, credit risk management, investor relations internal process enhancements and the development and implementation of systems to support mission critical business processes and data integrity projects. Prior to joining Capital Impact in 1995, Ms. Bauer spent three years as a loan review manager for National Cooperative Bank, N.A. (NCB) 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..
Natalie Gunn, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer
Natalie Nickens Gunn is responsible for formulating and executing Capital Impact’s 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’s 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, N.A. (NCB), Capital Automotive REIT, Host Hotels and Resorts and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mrs. Gunn is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated magna cum laude from Hampton University with a degree in accounting.
Amy Sue Leavens, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary
As the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Amy Sue Leavens leads Capital Impact’s Legal Department. She oversees all legal matters involving Capital Impact, is responsible for Capital Impact’s compliance function and advises the Board on governance and other matters relevant to the Board’s oversight function. Prior to joining Capital Impact in 2011, Ms. Leavens was an attorney with Fannie Mae and in private practice in the Washington, D.C. office of DLA Piper (formerly known as Piper Marbury and Piper Rudnick). Ms. Leavens was honored in 2015 as one of Washington, D.C.’s Top Corporate Counsel by Bisnow and the Association of Corporate Counsel, and received the Association of Corporate Counsel – National Capital Region (formerly WMACCA) Community Service Award in 2014. Ms. Leavens is a graduate of Georgetown University (A.B. 1994) and Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D. 1997). She is admitted to practice law in Virginia, Washington, D.C., California and Pennsylvania.
Scott Sporte, Chief Lending Officer
Scott Sporte leads the Capital Impact team that provides financing to community-based healthcare providers, nonprofit educational institutions, affordable housing developers, retail grocers and wholesalers, and other affiliated organizations nationwide. He has nearly 25 years of experience in community development finance, including five years in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with a rural CDFI providing startup and expansion financing to entrepreneurial businesses. He holds degrees from Kenyon College and Yale Divinity School and serves on the boards of ROC USA Capital, St. Paul’s Episcopal School and the Pacific School of Religion.