The voice of urban opportunity
ICIC is a national nonprofit headquartered in Boston's Dudley Square. Our team, led by CEO Steve Grossman and President Matt Camp, includes talented professionals with deep experience across multiple sectors. Their combined expertise, backed by ICIC's proven track record in markets across the country, makes us an invaluable partner for organizations striving to create economic opportunities for all urban residents.
As CEO of ICIC, Steve leads a dynamic and growing team of professionals dedicated to achieving economic prosperity in America's inner cities. Steve is focused on setting ICIC's strategic direction, leading the organization through a period of rapid growth and extending ICIC's national visibility and brand. He directs ICIC's efforts to secure new partners and drive private sector engagement and investment.
Prior to joining ICIC, Steve was elected Treasurer of Massachusetts in 2010 and served in that position from 2011 until 2015. One of his principal achievements in that office was the creation of the Small Business Banking Partnership, a pioneering initiative that was responsible for moving almost $400 million of state deposits into community banks that used these funds to make more than 10,000 loans with a value of over $1.6 billion, with a principal focus on businesses owned by women, minorities, immigrants and veterans.
Prior to taking office, Steve served for 35 years as President of Grossman Marketing Group, a fourth-generation marketing communications firm started by his grandfather. Steve has been an active leader in many civic, philanthropic and political organizations. These positions include former board chair of Brandeis University, former national chairman of the Democratic National Committee, former president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), founding board member of MassInc and life trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts. He currently chairs the advisory board of Cambridge College.
Steve graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. He is married to Dr. Barbara Wallace Grossman, a theater historian and director, who is a professor in the Department of Drama & Dance at Tufts University and serves as vice-chair of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Steve and Barbara have three sons, David, Ben and Josh, and five grandchildren.
As the President and COO of ICIC, Matt manages ICIC’s strategic direction and operations and is focused on increasing the organization’s impact on inner city economic development across the U.S. He contributes to new partnerships to help ICIC’s key stakeholders leverage the underutilized assets of America’s urban communities to drive private sector engagement and investment. Along with ICIC’s CEO, Matt leads ICIC‘s talented staff who are focused on research analysis and insights, strategic advisory support and unique urban business initiatives.
Matt has served in a variety of roles at ICIC. As Senior Vice President of Urban Business Initiatives, Matt’s primary responsibility was to lead ICIC’s partnership with Goldman Sachs to build and expand the 10,000 Small Businesses Program to scale. In addition, Matt provided strategic support to ICIC’s corporate partnerships. As the Director of Development at ICIC, Matt established and executed a national strategy to engage public, private and nonprofit entities in significantly enhancing business growth in America’s inner cities. Matt was responsible for managing and implementing all activities relating to fundraising, business development and client/donor management. Matt also conducted extensive analysis on retail and construction, housing and real estate clusters as part of ICIC’s Research team.
Prior to joining ICIC, Matt worked as an independent consultant to for-profit and nonprofit organizations focused on educational and economic development issues. Matt also has over ten years of experience in the financial services industry as a Senior Financial Analyst at Liberty Mutual and OneBeacon Insurance and as a General Manager at American International Group. Matt holds an A.B. in Government at Harvard and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Matt sits on the boards of Good Sports and Madison Park Development Corporation.
Senior Vice PresidentShow Bio
Director, Research and Advisory Practice
Kim Zeuli is the Senior Vice President, Director of the Research and Advisory Practice and Director of Communications at ICIC. Kim is responsible for designing and overseeing a research agenda to promote business development and job growth in U.S. inner cities. She currently oversees work that includes projects on high growth clusters, industrial strategies, anchor institutions and small business ecosystems.
Prior to joining ICIC, Kim was Vice President and Community Development Officer for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, VA, with offices in Richmond, Baltimore and Charlotte. She led a professional staff engaged in economic research and analysis, as well as program and policy development for community and economic development initiatives. She also counseled Bank leadership on emerging issues in community development.
Before joining the Fed, she was a research director and business consultant with the Corporate Executive Board, Business Leadership Forum, in Washington, D.C. Kim has also held several academic positions, as a Visiting Scholar at the College of William and Mary, a professor in the University of Wisconsin's Agricultural and Applied Economics Department and associate director of the Center for Cooperatives, and a professor at the University of Kentucky. A graduate of Vassar College, Kim earned a masters and doctorate in applied economics from the University of Minnesota.
Manager, Urban Business InitiativesShow Bio
Kate Allgrove provides strategic research, analytical and communicative support for ICIC's urban business initiatives. As manager, Kate leads the annual Inner City 100 event. Since joining ICIC in 2009, Kate has supported a variety of projects in the Communications and Development departments.
In addition to her work at ICIC, Kate is involved with the DREAM program, a New England-based non-profit organization which supports social and economic development in low-income communities.
Kate holds a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Vermont.
As an analyst on the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) Team, Lauren is responsible for forming and building relationships with small business community members and inner city CEOs. She assists in the coordination and implementation of the program, including contributions in strategic communications, marketing and social media.
Prior to ICIC, Lauren has experience in broadcast media at WCVB-TV, where she aided in producing the station’s Chronicle and CityLine programs. There, she served as a liaison to WCVB-TV guests and contributors, conducted research, wrote online content, and assisted in the production of daily and weekly television programming. Lauren also interned at Callanan & Klein Communications, a full service public relations firm, where she created a comprehensive social media plan for the company and its clients and built media lists for their various client accounts. Additionally, she interned in the Office of News and Public Affairs at Boston College, where she contributed to the conceptualization, creation and management of new social media channels for the Woods College of Advancing Studies.
Lauren has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, with additional minors in Management and Spanish, from Boston College.
Oksana Bondar serves as ICIC’s controller and lead on finance and accounting. She also oversees ICIC’s human resources administration, IT and office management.
Oksana has ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining ICIC, she served as director of finance and operations at the Elizabeth Peabody House and as finance director at Peace First.
Oksana holds a MBA in Nonprofit Management from the Heller School at Brandeis University and a MS in Computational Economics from Belarus State University in Minsk.
Sarah Levis Desmond
Administrative ManagerShow Bio
As administrative manager, Sarah Levis is responsible for managing the calendar of the CEO, travel arrangements and correspondence of the executive team. Sarah also assists with managing special projects and events at ICIC.
Prior to joining ICIC, Sarah worked in the Office of the State Treasurer and Receiver General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where she served as the Director of Scheduling and Advance for Treasurer Steve Grossman and was also the executive office manager. Sarah previously was employed by the Secretary of the Commonwealth, William Galvin, where she oversaw the publications subscription division as Head Subscriptions Coordinator.
Sarah resides in Boston with her husband and is the daughter of a small business owner in Plymouth.
As an urban business initiatives associate, Alexandra Edelstein’s primary focus is the implementation of the outreach, application, and selection process for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.
Prior to Joining ICIC, Alexandra worked as the Executive Assistant to the CEO at Boston Rising, an innovative startup anti-poverty fund in Boston. At Boston Rising, her primary responsibilities included providing research, writing, and administrative support to the CEO, development team and communications department. She also assisted the facilitation of initiatives in the organization’s key focus areas of education, community wealth, and social connections.
Alexandra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government/Law and Philosophy from Lafayette College and a Masters in International Law (LLM) from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Analyst, Research and Advisory PracticeShow Bio
As a research analyst at ICIC, Lena is responsible for synthesizing, analyzing and mapping demographic and socioeconomic data to understand key trends impacting inner city, central city and regional firms, economies and land use. She provides support for a number of research and advisory projects at ICIC.
Prior to joining ICIC, Lena was a Summer of Maps Fellow at Azavea, a Philadelphia-based GIS B-Corporation often among ICIC’s Inner City 100. At Azavea, Lena completed GIS analysis projects in partnership with nonprofits Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC) and Sunlight Foundation. Sunlight Foundation’s first article in a blog series about her project, which mapped and analyzed 21.9 million federal political campaign contribution records from individuals, has been republished by The Washington Post, The Atlantic Cities and PolicyMic. Before Azavea, Lena was a research assistant in Transportation Innovation at Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago.
Lena holds a Bachelor of Arts in Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College. Her thesis analyzed the potential of managing vehicle parking to help develop sustainable cities through the lens of the Loop, Chicago’s Central Business District.
Associate, Research and CommunicationsShow Bio
As research & communications associate, Liz is responsible for a diverse research portfolio. She also coordinates ICIC's robust research dissemination agenda and the organization's external communications.
Prior to joining ICIC, Liz worked as a civic engagement fellow at Duke University’s Office of Civic Engagement, where she managed communications, assisted with event planning and coordinated Duke’s successful Clinton Global Initiative University cohort.
Liz holds a Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and dual bachelor’s degrees in English and Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire.
Office ManagerShow Bio
Director, Strategic Business DevelopmentShow Bio
As Director of Strategic Business Development, Alexis develops partnerships with diverse stakeholders who share ICIC’s commitment to urban economic development, small business growth, and job creation. She previously managed ICIC’s partnership with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.
Alexis has designed cross-sector partnerships throughout her career. Upon joining the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Liberia, she worked with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare on project strategy and execution. At MTV and mtvU, she designed Emmy and Peabody Award-winning public education campaigns in collaboration with leading non-profits and foundations.
Alexis holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a BA from Wesleyan University. Following college, she was a Coro Fellow in New York. Alexis serves on the Board of Directors of Global Grassroots and is the proud daughter of a small business owner.
As an ICIC analyst, Eliza focuses on the implementation and scaling of the Inner City 100 program, working to ensure that urban entrepreneurs and their communities are able to contribute to and benefit from this robust national network.
Prior to joining ICIC, Eliza was Associate Program Director at Quad Learning, a D.C.-based startup that assists community colleges in developing honors programs for high-potential students. Working with an array of exceptional community college students sparked her interest in making an impact on the economic circumstances that shaped these students’ lives and opportunities.
Eliza graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University, where she completed a thesis on community organizing and the charter school movement. A former senior editor at the Cornell Daily Sun, she has also written about community, education, and food for the Huffington Post.
As an analyst on the Inner City Capital Connections team, Sonali is responsible for building strategic relationships with small business community members and inner city CEOs across the US. In addition, she assists in the implementation and execution of the program, including spearheading ICCC’s program strategy, external communications, marketing and social media.
Sonali has multiple years of experience in policy analysis, communications and legislative affairs. Sonali previously served as an aide to Governor Deval L. Patrick, press secretary and communications director to State Senator Barry R. Finegold, and as Campaign Manager to Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson. Sonali holds a B.A. in Comparative Political Science and English from Mount Holyoke College. She is a classically-trained Indian dancer and leads a political fellowship program for Indian American youth as part of the Indian American Forum for Political Education's political engagement initiative.
As an urban business initiatives analyst, Katie Lettie's primary focus is the implementation of the application and selection process for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.
Before she joined ICIC, Katie worked for a variety of startups and small businesses at Chicago's 1871 incubator. At 1871, Katie worked in many capacities, from implementing communications plans to performing GIS data analysis. An avid geographer in her spare time, Katie's past research focused on the role of one high speed train in Morocco in transforming North African regional geography.
Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts in geography and international studies from the University of Chicago.
As an urban business initiatives analyst, Sorelle Mbakop's primary focus is the implementation of the application and selection process for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.
Prior to joining ICIC, Sorelle was a full-time student at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She holds a dual degree in Journalism and Environmental/ Natural Resource Economics. With a passion for working with underserved communities at home and abroad, Sorelle's past experiences include tutoring high school seniors and juniors in Springfield, MA, completing a full time internship with the United Nations office in Nairobi, assisting Somali widow-women refugees in building and financing a small tea business in Kenya, and volunteering at an after school program in a slum in Karnataka, India. Sorelle is also working on a startup company called FuelDrop.
Manager, Urban Business InitiativesShow Bio
As manager of urban business initiatives, Sonia manages the partnership with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program. Prior to joining ICIC, Sonia worked at the International Finance Corporation (IFC, World Bank Group) driving business development and knowledge management programs. With a passion for growing the entrepreneurial ecosystem for small businesses, Sonia’s past experiences also include bringing business advisory services to social entrepreneurs through local economic development organizations. Sonia holds a B.S. in Business & Technology Management and a M.S. in Energy Management.
Senior Analyst, Research and Advisory PracticeShow Bio
Austin is a senior research analyst at ICIC where he is responsible for synthesizing, analyzing, and mapping demographic and socio-economic data to understand key trends impacting inner city, central city, and regional firms, economies, and land use. He currently provides support for a number of research and advisory projects at ICIC. Austin has multiple years of research experience working on a variety of economic, environmental, and land use projects.
Prior to joining ICIC, Austin worked as a researcher at Boston College where he analyzed environmental data, produced award winning GIS maps, and presented his work both regionally and internationally. Austin holds a B.S. in Economics and Geology from Tulane University where he worked with leading scientists and local nonprofit organizations to rebuild the city of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. He completed an M.S. in Geology at Boston College with a thesis that incorporated cutting-edge quantitative modeling and GIS mapping. Austin brings significant experience in analyzing and mapping demographic and socio-economic data to understand urban economies.
As an urban business initiatives associate, Adetola’s primary focus is the implementation of the outreach, application and selection process for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program.
Prior to joining ICIC, Adetola worked as a business analyst at Dhar Law, LLP, where she focused on implementing business development projects, creating marketing initiatives, and developing relationships with small businesses. Adetola is also actively involved in her church, serving as its Praise and Worship Leader, and as a mentor to high school students as part of the church’s Youth Mentoring Program.
Adetola holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from Princeton University, where she also minored in African Studies and Spanish.
As an urban business initiatives associate, Sheila’s primary focus is the implementation of the outreach, application and selection process for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program.
Prior to joining ICIC, Sheila worked as the Deputy Director of the Financial Education Department at the Massachusetts Treasury. There she focused on creating financial education opportunities that served youth K-12, senior citizens, veterans and low to moderate families. She cultivated and grew relationships across the private, nonprofit and public sectors to deliver these services without redundancy. Her main focus was serving veterans and servicemembers in partnership with the MA National Guard and MA Veterans’ Services.
Before joining the Treasury, Sheila worked in development at Father Bill’s & MainSpring, a housing and homelessness nonprofit on the south shore. As the Communications Specialist, she created and implemented the communications strategy for the organization. She also designed outreach and fundraising collateral and served as the project manager for quarterly newsletters and the annual report.
Sheila holds a B.A. in Political Science from Bridgewater State College and a Master of Public Administration from Northeastern University.
Associate, Research and Advisory PracticeShow Bio
As a research and advisory associate, Genevieve is responsible for an extensive research portfolio that includes work on small business ecosystems and high growth clusters. Genevieve has also worked as part of ICIC’s Urban Business Initiatives team, where she provided project and partner management on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.
Prior to joining ICIC, Genevieve spent a year working for the Spanish Ministry of Education in Madrid. She has also worked at Dean & DeLuca, where she led a competitive analysis of the New York City market and improved the company’s pricing and merchandising strategies. Genevieve graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in geography from Dartmouth College.
As an analyst on the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) Team, Iliana is responsible for engaging and building relationships with small business intermediaries and inner city CEOs, as well as assisting with the coordination and implementation of the program. Iliana also assists in coordinating the CEO Series at ICIC, which provides online, cutting-edge content for CEOs across the US.
Prior to joining ICIC, Iliana worked as a legal assistant at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, where she assisted in all aspects of front-page corporate deals and supported several litigation case teams. Iliana designed and implemented new corporate legal assistant training and managed all M&A and Investment Management legal assistant work. While pursuing her degree, Iliana interned as a project manager at AT&T, where she analyzed equipment management and quality audit issues. She also has experience working in small business – her father's financial planning and tax services firm.
Iliana holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Economics and Communication from Boston College.
Director, Inner City Capital ConnectionsShow Bio
As the Director of the Inner City Capital Connections program, Hyacinth Vassell is responsible for the development of the program’s scope, strategy and content. She is also responsible for building coalition in local markets with civic, not for profit and corporate stakeholders. Hyacinth oversees the ICIC CEO Series at ICIC which provides online cutting-edge content for CEOs across the US.
Prior to ICIC, Hyacinth worked as a senior consultant at Andersen Consulting (Accenture) and Arthur Andersen. She has led a diverse project portfolio such as re-engineering, process improvement, and change management. She has worked in the telecom, information technology, health care, entertainment, hospitality, industrial and consumer products and banking industry. She has worked with clients such as AT&T, Fidelity, Caterpillar, Starwood Hotels and MGM Grand.
Hyacinth is also an entrepreneur. She was the CEO and Owner of French Studios and the Royal Solutions. Hyacinth was the past co-Chair at Roxbury Prep and served as an advisor on the Girl Scouts strategic initiative.
Hyacinth has a bachelor of science in Psychology from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is also a graduate of the Next Generation Executive Program.
ICIC's mission is to drive economic prosperity in America's inner cities through private sector investment to create jobs, income and wealth for local residents.