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About ICIC

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.

  • Steve Grossman

    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.

  • Matthew Camp

    President 
    COO

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    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.

  • Kim Zeuli

    Senior Vice President
    Director, Research and Advisory Practice
    Director, Communications

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    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.

  • Oksana Bondar

    Controller

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    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. 

  • Alexandra Edelstein

    Associate, Urban Business Initiatives

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    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.

  • Lena Ferguson

    Analyst, Research and Advisory Practice

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    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.

  • Kate Haggerty

    Manager, Urban Business Initiatives

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    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.

  • Liz Holden

    Associate, Research & Communications

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    As a research & communications associate, Liz contributes to a number of research and advisory projects at ICIC and coordinates the dissemination of this data.

    Prior to joining ICIC, Liz worked as a civic engagement fellow at Duke University’s Office of Civic Engagement, where she managed communications 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.

  • Samantha Hyde

    Office Manager

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  • Alexis Hyder

    Director, Strategic Business Development

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    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.

  • Katie Lettie

    Analyst, Urban Business Initiatives

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    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.

  • Michael Maieli

    Senior Analyst, Inner City Capital Connections

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    Mike is a senior analyst on the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) team, which runs a national program that provides growth-oriented inner city businesses the education, tools, and coaching to support their growth.   His primary focus is to engage with economic development stakeholders and inner city CEO’s and assist in the production of the program.

    Prior to joining ICIC, Mike was an analyst at Next Street, a merchant bank and advisory firm that provides strategy, talent, and capital services to urban small businesses and non-profits.  At Next Street, Mike was focused within Organizational Development and Talent Acquisition, assisting clients in attracting, retaining, and engaging their employees in order to create a cohesive team that will effectively drive their businesses towards growth.


    Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant University with a concentration in Management and a minor in Psychology.

  • Austin Nijhuis

    Senior Analyst, Research and Advisory Practice

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    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 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.

  • Adetola Olatunji

    Associate, Urban Business Initiatives

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    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.

  • Genevieve O'Mara

    Associate, Urban Business Initiatives

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    As an urban business initiatives associate, 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.

  • Hyacinth Vassell

    Director, Inner City Capital Connections

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    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.
     

Mission Statement

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.

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