The City First Team
From 2014 to 2017, Mark served as Counselor to the Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Treasury, with responsibility for domestic finance issues including financial services regulation, community development, housing and student initiatives. Previously, Mark served as Maryland’s Commissioner of Financial Regulation where he supervised more than 50 state-chartered community banks, credit unions, and trust companies with over $23 billion in assets, as well as nonbank service providers including mortgage lenders and servicers. He played a leadership role in the state’s effort to respond to the foreclosure crisis and was named “Consumer Advocate of the Year” in 2014 by the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition. Before his appointment in Maryland, Mark spent 15 years in investment banking, most recently as a Managing Director at CIBC World Markets in Baltimore and previously with Deutsche Bank, Alex. Brown & Sons, and J.P. Morgan. He also served as a Policy Advisor on staff of the Senate Banking Committee from 1992 to 1994. Mark holds Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration degrees from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University. Mark also serves on the Board of Directors of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore.
Robin manages CFE’s Impact Investment Fund, focusing on underwriting, structuring, and deal development. Previously, she was Director of Capital Projects at the DC Primary Care Association (DCPCA) where she developed and implemented an initiative to upgrade and rebuild the city’s network of nonprofit community health centers. She oversaw 12 renovations, expansions, and new construction of health center facilities in almost all wards of the city, totaling $100 million in project costs, leveraging public grant dollars with conventional financing and New Markets Tax Credits. Prior to DCPCA, Robin was Vice President at NCB Development Corporation (now Capital Impact). There, she worked as a lender in NCBDC’s Community Investment Group. She is currently a board member of N Street Village and the Cleveland Park Club. She has a BA from Brown University and an MBA from Yale School of Management where she concentrated in Community Economic Development.
Flynn manages the the loan portfolio at City First Enterprises. Previously, he worked for PRM Consulting Group in Washington, DC as a Research Analyst for large, non-profit clients such as industry trade associations and professional societies. Prior to working in DC, Flynn was the Impact Analyst at Montana Community Development Corporation in Missoula, Montana. In this role he primarily worked with the New Markets Tax Credit and small business lending programs, communicating the CDFI’s economic and social impact throughout the state. Flynn graduated from the University of Oregon with degrees in Economics and Geography.
Michael Puhl is an accounting and finance professional, with many years of experience in nonprofit, federal government and for-profit sectors. As CFE’s Controller, he is responsible for the financial statements, general ledger, cost accounting, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, budgeting, compliance, and various special analyses of CFE and CFH. He came to CFE from National Governors Association as Accounting Consultant, preceded by Cornerstone Montgomery as a Manager/Accounting. While at Cornerstone Montgomery, he obtained an Assisted Housing Manager certification, and was the program manager for HUD multifamily housing and Permanent Supportive Housing. Prior to nonprofits, he was a federal government accountant for the Federal Trade Commission. He also has for-profit experience as a financial analyst for several telecommunication companies. He has a BS in Business Management, with an Accounting major, from University of Maryland, College Park.
Pamela is a project manager with nearly ten years of experience in the non-profit arena. As CFE’s operations manager, she ensures the day to day functions of the office run smoothly and provides support for CFE and CFHomes programs. Prior to joining City First Enterprises, she was the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for Garwyn Oaks Housing Resource Center in Baltimore and then Deputy Administrator of Operations for Nursing Unlimited Services in DC. Pamela holds a BS in Political Science from Howard University and a Master in Public Administration from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.
Eugene joined City First Homes after serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA focusing in development and marketing. As an AmeriCorps VISTA, Eugene focused on resource development and building the CRM database to better equip the organization to raise support. Prior to becoming a VISTA, Eugene worked with groups like Waco Arts Initiative, Bethel China, and Korean Central Presbyterian Church, build out their own fundraising capacities, he also was an intern with Baylor University’s Development Division. Eugene graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas where he received his BBA in Marketing with a specialization in Nonprofit Development, Leadership, and Service.