The Team

Carrie Sanders, Founder / CEO

Carrie SandersCarrie Sanders has spent 15 years focused on community development finance. Prior to forming Hope Community Capital LLC, Carrie has been the Director of Lending and the Director of Structured Community Finance for  a statewide Community Development Financial Institution where she managed the organization’s community development consulting practice, providing consulting to mission-based organizations to access the capital for high impact projects. She also managed the development of the organization’s successful New Markets Tax Credit program. Carrie has also worked as a senior consultant for a national accounting firm. In this role, Carrie assisted nonprofit organizations, and community development entities with raising and deploying a variety of economic development and affordable housing financing tools including New Markets Tax Credits (“NMTC”), Low-income Housing Tax Credits, tax incremental financing, and HUD grants and loans.  Carrie worked at the City of Kansas City, Missouri as part of the City’s development finance division where she was an integral part of a team responsible for conducting front end financial analysis of economic development projects seeking public subsidy including TIF and brownfield remediation financing. While at the City of Kansas City, Carrie developed the City’s NMTC program and led the City’s efforts to apply for and win its first allocation of $40 million. Carrie’s career also includes experience in strategic planning for nonprofit community development organizations, public housing program evaluation, affordable housing finance with a particular focus on re-entry housing, and economic impact analysis. Carrie is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she earned her graduate degree in City Planning with a focus on community and economic development finance. Carrie is on faculty at Edgewood College’s Social Innovation & Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program and the School of Business where she lectures on topics of sustainable community development and social innovation.

Sierra Johnson, Associate Project Manager

Sierra Johnson brings more than ten years of experience in the academic, nonprofit, and government sectors. She has strong skills in facilitation, design, project management, and research. She is passionate about understanding and uplifting others’ experiences. Sierra is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer where she served in Burkina Faso, West Africa. She collaborated with local and international NGOs and governmental organizations on projects in multiple disciplines including food security, conservation, and gender equity. After completing her service as a Rural Development Advisor, Sierra began working with Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, liaising with community partners in 16 counties in Southwestern Wisconsin. She believes that access to healthy and nutritious food is a human right, not a privilege. Sierra has trained with the Congressional Management Foundation on citizen-centric advocacy engagement. She volunteers with the Literacy Network, working with adult learners on English speaking in a one-on-one setting. Sierra holds a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities. In her spare time, she loves to travel—across the county or across the world. When she’s at home she’s reading, painting, and obsessing over her plants. Sierra’s Gallup StrengthsFinder top themes include: Individualization, Ideation, Arranger, Analytical, and Relator.

Hiring Now: Financial Analyst, Community Development Finance

Financial Analyst, Community Development Finance

Reporting to the CEO, this role is responsible for providing financial analysis to support the company’s national base of clients in raising, structuring, and closing diverse sources of capital for high-impact real estate projects. Qualified candidates will have fluency with real estate finance involving diverse funding sources and a commitment to racial and economic equity in community development.


  • Transaction structuring and financial modeling for multi-source, multi-phased real estate transactions
  • Develop financial and feasibility analysis for transactions and draft and assemble meaningful financial models and proformas
  • Assist in securing and structuring project funding sources for transactions
  • Assist with various aspects of transactions involving Historic, Low-Income Housing, and New Markets Tax Credits
  • Raise and structure potential sources of “impact” capital for transactions
  • Collaborate with clients in completing financial diligence requirements for project investors and tax credit applications
  • Recommend and implement creative financing solutions for complex real estate transactions

Desired Qualifications & Skills

  • Undergraduate degree in business, accounting, finance, real estate economics, or related field
  • Relevant internship and/or work experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity
  • Demonstrated analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Understanding of project accounting and financial analysis of real estate transactions
  • Strong networking skills; ability to leverage existing relationships and develop new relationships to source new opportunities
  • Strong oral and written presentation skills
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Willingness to work long hours, when necessary
  • Growth mindset
  • Understanding of and commitment to the mission of Hope Community Capital

Studies have shown women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described. We encourage you to apply if this role speaks to you, even if you don’t believe you check all the boxes.

Salary Range: $60,000 base + competitive bonus schedule based on closings

Job Type: Full-time

Benefits: 401(k); dental insurance; disability insurance; employee assistance program; flexible schedule; health insurance; health savings account; life insurance; paid time off; parental leave; professional development assistance; retirement plan; vision insurance.

Schedule: Monday – Friday

Work Location: Madison, WI, preferred

Hope Community Capital is a values driven company. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Mental and Physical Requirements: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear. The job’s specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

To Apply: 

Send your resume and cover letter to

About Hope Community Capital:

Started in January of 2016, Hope Community Capital was formed to work across the United States to connect community development projects with financing and investors, and organizations with opportunities to cultivate sustainable, inclusive, and thriving communities. We do this through community development advisory services and providing our clients with assistance in raising, structuring, and closing diverse sources of capital.

The company is known for our attention to detail, excellence in the delivery of our services, and long-term commitment to our clients’ success. The company raises capital and provides development advisory services to accelerate the work of organizations whose mission is to expand economic opportunities for underserved people and communities. We are experts in the intricate process of accessing, structuring, and closing financial capital for high-impact community development projects.

The defining values of the company are:

  • Integrity: we deliver our services with the utmost transparency and honesty. We do what we commit to do.
  • Excellence: Our services, processes, and deliverables are distinguished by consistent excellence.
  • Equity: We insist upon equity in everything we do. We are intentional in dismantling racism in our approach to hiring, client deliverables, and community engagement.