Staff

  • MARK KAUFMAN, PRESIDENT

    MARK KAUFMAN, PRESIDENT

    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.

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  • ROBIN HALSBAND, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, IMPACT INVESTING FUND

    ROBIN HALSBAND, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, IMPACT INVESTING FUND

    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.

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  • JAKE LEVINE, ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT, IMPACT INVESTMENT FUND

    JAKE LEVINE, ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT, IMPACT INVESTMENT FUND

    Jake comes to CFE from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, where he worked on targeted fundraising efforts for top Democratic candidates across the country. While at the DCCC, Jake worked closely with Members of Congress, the business community, and Democratic donors to raise over $5M in candidate support. Prior to the DCCC, Jake served as the Development Director for Skills for Living, an educational non-profit in Houston, TX, where he gained valuable experience in fundraising and community outreach. At Skills For Living, Jake leveraged corporate, community, and public sector resources to more than double the number of students served by their programs. Jake also possesses a background and considerable experience in political campaigns at both the state and local level. Jake is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, with a degree in political science.

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  • FLYNN MAHONEY, LOAN FUND MANAGER

    FLYNN MAHONEY, LOAN FUND MANAGER

    Flynn manages the day to day activities of the loan fund 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.

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  • PAMELA AGAVA, OPERATIONS MANAGER

    PAMELA AGAVA, OPERATIONS MANAGER

    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.

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  • EUGENE KIM, DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

    EUGENE KIM, DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

    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.

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  • MICHAEL PUHL, CONTROLLER

    MICHAEL PUHL, CONTROLLER

    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.

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  • EMMA KLINGENSTEIN, PROGRAM INTERN

    EMMA KLINGENSTEIN, PROGRAM INTERN

    Emma is an MBA candidate at Georgetown University, where she helps lead the Impact Consulting program. ​Before joining ​the CFE team as a summer intern, Emma worked at LearnServe, an education nonprofit that empowered middle and high school students to become social entrepreneurs. Previously, Emma worked at Village Capital, an accelerator for seed-stage social entrepreneurs, where she ran 3-month programs for EdTech and FinTech companies. She began her career working at Higher Achievement, a rigorous, results-oriented afterschool program for middle school youth from traditionally underserved communities. Emma is excited to​ learn more about what intentional community development looks like in DC.

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