The Team

Carrie Sanders, Founder / CEO

Carrie SandersCarrie 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.

Niharika Talwar, Real Estate Finance Consultant

Niharika TalwarNiharika is a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she majored in Economics, Computer Science and Real Estate. Real Estate is her passion and last summer she interned at S.C. Swiderski, LLC a prominent real estate development firm in North Central Wisconsin. She came on board with Hope Community Capital as a Consultant in the October of 2019 and has been focused on supporting all diligence and underwriting for all manner of Hope Community Capital’s community development projects including projects utilizing NMTC, LIHTC, TIF, HOME, and CDBG.