The voice of urban opportunity
ICIC is a national nonprofit research and strategy organization headquartered in Boston's Dudley Square. Our team of 20 professionals is led by President Matt Camp.
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.
As the President of ICIC, Matt manages ICIC’s strategic direction, including its alliance with Next Street, and is focused on increasing the organization’s impact on inner city economic development across the U.S. He also directs ICIC’s efforts to engage new partners, expand connections to and resources for inner city businesses and leverage the underutilized assets of America’s urban communities to drive private sector engagement and investment. 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 the 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 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 College and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Engagement and Urban Affairs SpecialistShow Bio
As the Engagement and Urban Affairs Specialist, Beth manages ICIC's What Works for Cities campaign, helping to highlight successful economic development strategies happening across the country. Beth also collaborates with ICIC's communications team to develop social media content, insight papers and webinar topics for economic development stakeholders. She leads the planning team for ICIC's annual Inner City Economic Summit.
Prior to joining ICIC, Beth worked in the development department at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) as the Assistant Director of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. In her time at DFCI, Beth cultivated relationships with event participants, supporters, and volunteers, managed event logistics, and supported the marketing and communications teams. She also has worked as an independent consultant, helping nonprofit organizations develop growth and financial plans.
Beth holds her bachelor's in Marketing from Providence College, and her MBA in nonprofit management from Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
Senior Analyst, Communications and ContentShow Bio
Mary Duggan is the senior communications analyst at ICIC where she helps lead the vision and execution of the organizations’ dissemination and engagement strategy. Mary drives marketing and outreach efforts for ICIC's urban business initiatives, and leads the dissemination of ICIC's research insights. Mary also develops content for ICIC’s social media platforms, e-communications, event materials and website.
Prior to joining ICIC, Mary worked at MassEcon (The Massachusetts Alliance for Economic Development) where she managed membership communications and planned fundraising events.
Mary holds a bachelor’s in Communications and Human Development from Boston College.
As an urban business initiatives analyst, 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.
Manager, Urban Business InitiativesShow Bio
Kate Haggerty provides strategic research, analytical and communicative support for ICIC's urban business initiatives. As manager, Kate leads the outreach, application and selection process for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. 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.
Senior Consultant, Research and Advisory PracticeShow Bio
Brian Hull focuses on the intersection of research, data analysis and strategic consulting. Brian identifies how anchor institutions can better provide local economic opportunities for low-income urban residents and explores innovative workforce development systems to create a more productive local labor force.
Prior to joining ICIC, Brian was State Coordinator for an activist group working for progressive change in Rhode Island to support low-income workers though community organizing, coalition building, policy development, and advocacy. He has worked on economic and workforce development projects for the City of Providence, the City of Worcester, Broad Community Connections in New Orleans, LA and the Port of Miami in Florida. Brian also ran a successful small business in Rhode Island from 1996 until 2010.
Brian earned his Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, with a focus on urban economic and workforce development, social and urban policy, and state and local public finance. He also holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Rhode Island College.
Project & Administrative AssistantShow 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.
Analyst, Research and Advisory PracticeShow Bio
Austin is a 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 is currently completing a M.S. in Geology at Boston College with a thesis that incorporates 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 analyst, 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 analyst, Genevieve O'Mara'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, Genevieve spent a year working for the Spanish Ministry of Education in Madrid. She has also worked as a Special Projects intern at Dean & DeLuca, where her primary responsibilities included conducting an extensive competitive analysis in the New York City market and improving D&D's pricing schemes.
Genevieve holds a Bachelor of Arts in geography from Dartmouth College.
Vice President, Communications and ContentShow Bio
Steven Pedigo is the vice president of communications and content for ICIC, where he is responsible for overseeing the engagement and dissemination strategy for the organization.
Prior to joining ICIC, Steven was the vice president for business attraction and research for Greenlight Greater Portland, a regional economic development organization for the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan region. Steven began his career in economic development as the director of research for the Greater Washington Initiative (GWI), a regional marketing organization for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
Steven holds graduate degrees from the H. John Heinz III School for Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Director, Inner City Capital ConnectionsShow Bio
Hyacinth Vassell manages ICIC’s Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC), a national program designed to stimulate equity capital flow to underserved inner city markets by matching inner city businesses with investors. This program provides growth-oriented inner city businesses with education tools and coaching on the financial options available to support their growth. ICCC also facilitates the connections between inner city entrepreneurs and investors.
Hyacinth has broad experience in business consulting both as a senior consultant at Andersen Consulting (Accenture) and as an independent consultant. She has led a diverse project portfolio including as re-engineering, process improvement and change management.
Hyacinth has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
As an Urban Business Initiatives Analyst, Sathya works primarily on the Inner City 100 and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programs. Working across the organization, his role also encompasses Dissemination and Engagement support, special projects with the Advisory practice, and strategic data analysis.
Outside of ICIC, Sathya is a mentor at ABLE (Access Better Learning and Education) and a member of the Cambridge Running Club. Prior to starting at ICIC in 2011, Sathya was an APPLES Social Entrepreneur Fellow and an intern at Raising Up Hope for Uganda in Kasese, Uganda. Sathya holds a BS in Business Administration from UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Senior Vice PresidentShow Bio
Director, Research and Advisory Practice
Kim Zeuli is the Senior Vice President and Director of the Research and Advisory Practice 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.
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.