Staff

  • ROBERT BURNS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    ROBERT BURNS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    Robert is an entrepreneurial leader with more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, community development, and state and local affairs. Robert currently serves as Executive Director. Burns comes to City First Enterprises from City First Homes, where he serves as President and CEO. Burns served as Director of Field Operations for NeighborWorks America in its Washington, DC headquarters where he supervised five regional offices across the country and provided resources, training and technical assistance to the NeighborWorks Network. Robert also served in city management and previously worked in local government in Kansas, South Carolina and North Carolina. Robert is a 1988 Truman Scholar from North Carolina and remains active within the Truman Foundation and has participated in their leadership forums. He has served on the Board of Managers for the YMCA of Greater St. Louis, the Board of Directors for the North Area Cable Television Association in St. Louis, and the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Area Insurance Trust. He currently serves as Vice President for the Alexandria Housing Corporation Board of Directors as well Chairman of the Common Area Committee for his homeowners association. Additionally, Robert previously served as Secretary of the Board for the National Community Land Trust network. Robert received his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Kansas and his Bachelors degree in Political Science from Appalachian State University.

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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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  • PAMELA AGAVA, OPERATIONS MANAGER

    PAMELA AGAVA, OPERATIONS MANAGER

    Pamela Agava 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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