• The six members of Capital Impact Partners Management Team pose together outside on a rooftop in Detroit
  • MANAGEMENT TEAM


Committed to Community Development and Social Change

In April 2020 Capital Impact Partners and CDC Small Business Finance came together to form a new enterprise. Leveraging our combined expertise and complementary offerings under a single strategy and management team, we are now operating as one to accelerate solutions that advance equity and opportunity for communities and small businesses nationwide.

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Ellis Carr

President and Chief Executive Officer

Capital Impact Partners and CDC Small Business Finance

Ellis Carr has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services and mortgage industries. Carr has served as Capital Impact Partners’ President and Chief Executive Officer since 2016. He became President and Chief Executive Officer of CDC Small Business Finance in 2021. You can learn more about this new enterprise at www.investedincommunities.org.

Carr originally joined Capital Impact in 2012 as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. 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.

Carr is an Aspen Institute Finance Leader Fellow; serves on Morgan Stanley’s Community Development Advisory Board; is the Board Chair for Martha’s Table, Board Treasurer for HPN (the Housing Partnership Network), and a board member for the Marguerite Casey Foundation. In 2018, he was recognized on Washington Business Journal’s list of “Top Minority Business Leaders,” as well as being named among their “Top 40 under 40” business executives in 2015. Carr graduated from Towson University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and from Georgetown University with a master’s degree in Real Estate with a concentration in Finance.

Diane Borradaile, Capital Impact's Chief Lending Officer

Diane Borradaile

Chief Lending Officer

Capital Impact Partners

Diane Borradaile leads the Capital Impact team that provides financing to community-based healthcare providers, nonprofit educational institutions, affordable housing developers, cooperative businesses, retail grocers and wholesalers, and other affiliated organizations nationwide. She has more than 35 years of experience in community development finance across the private and public sectors and serves on several Boards including: Vice President for the Neighborhood Restore Housing Development Fund Corporation; ROC USA (including serving on the organization’s Loan Review Committee); and the Charter School Financing Partnership. Prior to joining Capital Impact, Ms. Borradaile held senior positions at the Low Income Investment Fund, Bank of America, Citibank, and the Chase Manhattan Bank. She holds a Master of Public Administration from The Maxwell School, Syracuse University, an undergraduate degree from The University of Michigan.

Kim Buttemer

Chief Operating Officer

Capital Impact Partners and CDC Small Business Finance

Kim Buttemer is responsible for day-to-day operational oversight, strategic planning, information technology, and project management. Buttemer has served as CDC Small Business Finance’s COO since 1994 and joined Capital Impact in this same capacity in 2021. In her two-plus decades at CDC Small Business Finance, Buttemer has served in leadership roles across the organization, including managing loan originations, post-funding loan operations, credit and risk management across all product lines. Before joining CDC Small Business Finance, Buttemer served as a founding partner of a private consulting firm that helped U.S. companies expand to Asia, gaining invaluable insights into being a small business owner. Prior to that, Buttemer worked as vice president of the San Diego Economic Development Corporation, where she focused on attracting technology and manufacturing firms to San Diego. Buttemer graduated with honors from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree.

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Kim Dorsett

Chief Human Resources Officer

Capital Impact Partners and CDC Small Business Finance

Kimberly Dorsett is responsible for developing and executing the company’s human resource strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization. This includes overseeing areas of succession planning, talent acquisition, organizational and performance management, training and development, compensation and benefits administration, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Dorsett has served as Capital Impact’s CHRO since 2020 and joined CDC Small Business Finance in this same capacity in 2021. She has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services and construction industries. Prior to joining Capital Impact in 2016, first as a Director and then as Senior Director in 2018, she was the Human Resources Director for Federal Home Loan Banks – Office of Finance. Dorsett graduated from Bethune-Cookman University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and from Marymount University with a master’s degree in Management.

LaKisha Gant

Senior Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Lending

CDC Small Business Finance

LaKisha Gant is responsible for oversight of the Small Business Administration 504 lending program for CDC Small Business Finance. This program helps small business owners receive financing to buy, construct or improve commercial real estate or to purchase heavy equipment. Gant has been active in the field of economic development since 2001, and has been responsible for managing the teams that have generated over $5 billion in small business lending. Gant attended the University of Phoenix where she earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in accounting. She has also served as the treasurer for a nonprofit youth sports organization.

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Natalie Gunn

Chief Financial Officer

Capital Impact Partners and CDC Small Business Finance

Natalie Nickens Gunn is responsible for formulating and executing the company’s financial road map, capital base expansion, and investor relations. Gunn also manages the overall direction for accounting, tax, audit, treasury, and financial planning and analysis. Gunn has served as Capital Impact’s CFO since 2016 and joined CDC Small Business Finance in this same capacity in 2021. Gunn has corporate financing and accounting experience across the public and private sectors, including serving as Capital Impact’s Controller before stepping into the CFO position. In 2020, the Washington Business Journal named her to their “Women Who Mean Business” List honoring the region’s most influential businesswomen. 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. Gunn is a Certified Public Accountant, graduated magna cum laude from Hampton University with a degree in accounting, and serves on the Board for Pathways to Housing D.C.

Raymond Guthrie

Head of Investments

Capital Impact Partners

Raymond Guthrie is responsible for directing the overall investment strategy and overseeing a team investing in equity, projects, and funds to increase our impact in the communities we serve. Alongside our existing lending teams, Raymond’s investments team will help expand the continuum of capital solutions that our new enterprise can offer to communities. Raymond was previously the Managing Director of the American Heart Association’s Impact Investment Group focused on investing in social enterprises operating within and supporting communities of color. In addition, he co-created the first of its kind ESG Exchanged Traded Fund (ETF) with New York Life Investment Management that is currently traded on the NYSE, with a portion of the ETF’s management fee supporting the AHA’s impact funds. His career has also included positions at the Skoll Foundation and Calvert Investments, as well as serving as a U.S. diplomat in emerging economies across Africa and Asia. Raymond earned his BBA in Economics and Business Law at the University of Miami, and his Juris Doctor at Howard University.

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Shelli Hayman

Senior Vice President, Small Business Lending

CDC Small Business Finance

Shelli Hayman is responsible for the management of the sales, processing, underwriting, and funding of Small Business Administration and State Guaranteed small business loans up to $250K. She also led CDC Small Business Finance’s Paycheck Protection Program. Previously, Hayman served in multiple roles at CDC ranging from administrative work in her early years to 504 Loan Processor, 504 Loan Coordinator, 504 and Community Advantage Loan Processing Manager, Vice President of Production, and Senior Vice President of Small Business Lending. She also served on CDC Small Business Finance’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council. Hayman is also a member of the Mission Lenders Working Group, and served as a council member and volunteer for the Capistrano Unified School District School.

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Brian McEvoy

General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary

Capital Impact Partners and CDC Small Business Finance

Brian McEvoy is responsible for the company’s legal and compliance functions. McEvoy has served as Capital Impact’s General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary since 2021 and has since joined CDC Small Business Finance in this same capacity. He has significant experience in the commercial, multifamily/housing, real estate, and finance sectors, including broad experience in commercial lending and structured finance, equity, securitization, policy and strategy, product and platform development, risk management, operations, regulatory and compliance. Most recently he was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Multifamily Legal at Fannie Mae. Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Brian was in private practice in large, national law firms. McEvoy graduated summa cum laude from Towson University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management, with dual concentrations in Finance and Marketing. He graduated with honors from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where he received a Juris Doctor.

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Robert Villarreal

Chief External Affairs Officer

Capital Impact Partners and CDC Small Business Finance

Robert Villarreal is responsible for leading policy and government affairs, forming strategic partnerships, developing grant and capital opportunities, and marketing and communications. Villarreal has served in a similar capacity for CDC Small Business Finance since 2016 and joined Capital Impact in this capacity in 2021. Previously he also led CDC Small Business Finance’s Community Lending Programs. He has 20-plus years of economic development and non-profit experience, having served a variety of roles in his career. Under his leadership, the organization became the No. 1 SBA Community Advantage lender in the nation. Villarreal serves on several boards and advisory committees. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego, and a master’s in International Political Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

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