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.

Justin McKinnie, Real Estate Analyst

Justin McKinnieJustin McKinnie graduated from Tennessee State University with a degree in agricultural sciences with an emphasis on biotechnology. Justin has a vision of becoming an entrepreneur and brings this energy to all of this work at Hope Community Capital. Justin is passionate about improving poor urban living conditions for minorities. He also is concerned with the major underrepresentation of minorities in STEM agriculture fields. He feels it is his mission to improve these two unfortunate realities by gaining the right experience and expertise. Justin is an avid learner, reader and sports enthusiast. Justin is provides Hope Community Capital clients with thoughtful, nuanced analysis of real estate opportunities and market conditions and helps our clients create significant impact in the communities they serve.

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.

2021 Internship Opportunity: Community Development Finance Analyst Internship

Application Deadline: The application deadline closes as soon as positions are filled.

Anticipated Start and End Dates: Early June through late August 2021, with flexibility and options for continuation.

Salary Information: $16/hr, Monday-Friday, with flexibility; not to exceed 20 hr/wk.

Work Location: Remote

Benefit Conditions: Only full-time employees eligible

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. The company raises capital and provides development advisory services to accelerate 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 Hope Community Capital are:

  1. Integrity: we deliver our services with the utmost transparency and honesty. We do what we commit to doing.
  2. Excellence: Our services and processes are distinguished by consistent excellence.
  3. 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.

Position Description:

  • Research industry and technical issues, compile data, and present findings.
  • Learn pre-development activities, including environmental review, project concept development, budgeting and cost analysis, and financing of multi-family and mixed-use projects.
  • Provide support in developing presentations and responding to requests for proposals.
  • Assist with proformas for multi-family and mixed-use projects using a mix of funding sources, including but not limited to, Federal and State Low Income Housing Tax Credits and New Market Tax Credits.
  • Assist in the completion and submission of financing applications.
  • Assist in developing and implementing databases, data collection systems, data analytics, and other strategies that optimize efficiency and quality.
  • Prepare documentation for the underwriting process.
  • Develop and implement new processes and procedures, recommend policy changes to staff.
  • Other tasks & duties as assigned based on business need.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Current enrollment in a bachelor’s degree program and/or appropriate balance of education and work experience related to services including, but not limited to, Economics, Financial Services, Business Administration, Political Science, Urban Development.
  • Ability and desire to quickly gain a working knowledge of Federal and State Low Income Housing Tax Credits and New Market Tax Credits.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision and accept constructive feedback, adjusting as directed.
  • Must be able to follow detailed verbal and written instructions.
  • Close attention to detail and ability to grasp a larger picture.
  • Abide by all company policies, rules, and safety regulations as directed.
  • Strong computer skills, particularly Word & Excel
  • Ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

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; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The job’s specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Hope Community Capital is committed to and values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer.

Application: For questions or to apply, send the following as one PDF file to Sierra Johnson, Associate Project Manager,

  1. A cover letter that outlines:
    1. Your experience;
    2. Your interest in this position;
    3. Unique knowledge, skills, or abilities you will bring to the position beyond the scope of the job description.
  2. A resume
  3. Three references