The Small Business Anti-Displacement Network Advisory Board includes representatives from diverse sectors, organizations, geographic regions, and backgrounds who advise the leadership and staff on all phases of the work. They include nationally and internationally renowned scholars, nonprofit leaders, and small business advocates that bring experience in economic and community development, entrepreneurship, commercial real estate and finance, commercial gentrification, and related issues.
Anna Marie Cruz
Western Regional Manager, Inner City Capital Connections
Anna Marie Cruz serves as the Western Regional Manager on the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) team, cultivating relationships with entrepreneurship ecosystem leaders, liaising with funding partners, and recruiting small business owners for the ICCC program. Prior to joining ICCC, Anna Marie Cruz was a community loan officer for leading mission-based lender CDC Small Business Finance; a Business Counselor for a Women’s Business Center; and a Marketing Consultant in Vietnam to a women’s microenterprise project for ILO, a United Nations agency.
Derek Peebles serves as the Executive Director of the American Independent Business Alliance. Derek is a leader in community economic development with extensive success moving organizations forward by building on cross-cultural and cross-sector collaboration. He began his career in small business banking and over the past decade has been organizing local business communities, residents, and institutions to leverage both social and private capital for sustainable economic development.
Dionne Baux serves as the Director of Urban Programs for Main Street America. Dionne leads the initiative to broaden the Center’s offerings and engagement in urban neighborhood commercial districts. Dionne has over a decade of experience in project coordination in the fields of urban economic development and commercial district revitalization.
Joyce Pisnanot serves as the Deputy Director of the National Coalition for Asian American Community Development. Joyce has over 15 years of experience working with Asian Pacific Islander community development organizations, including for several National CAPACD members in New York, California, and Washington.
Karen Chapple, Ph.D., is a Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where she holds the Carmel P. Friesen Chair in Urban Studies and studies the governance, planning, and development of regions in the U.S. and Latin America. As a faculty affiliate of the Institute of Governmental Studies and the Institute for Research on Labor & Employment, Karen is currently engaged in three research projects on residential and commercial/industrial displacement in California.
Larissa Ortiz serves as the Managing Director of Public and Non-Profit Solutions at Street Sense. Larisa brings over 25 years of experience advising public, private, and non-profit sector clients on retail real estate strategy in urban environments. She has led hundreds of comprehensive retail planning efforts across communities large and small, both nationally and internationally.
Levar Martin serves as Chief Program Officer of the National Association of Latino Asset Builders (NALCAB), responsible for overseeing and integrating NALCAB’s national grantmaking, technical assistance and capacity building work in the program areas of Equitable Neighborhood Development, Small Business Investment, Family Financial Capability and CDFI/Lending.
Lyneir Richardson is co-founder and CEO of The Chicago TREND Corporation. He is an experienced commercial and residential real estate developer with over 17 years of experience in urban retail development. Lyneir is also a Professional Practice Instructor in the Department of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School in Newark, NJ, and the Executive Director of the Rutgers Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, where he leads capacity-building programs that have assisted over 400 entrepreneurs.
Steve joined the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in 2017 and has over 20 years of experience in small business lending, banking, and social impact. Steve currently serves as the Senior Director of Small Business and Economic Development Lending where he leads and expands all corporate relations, small business engagement, and Economic Development Lending strategies for LISC.