Annual Development Banking Conference

Join us and connect with experts and thought-leaders from the mission-oriented banking community.

Community Development Financial Institutions Fund
U.S. Small Business Administration
Director, Division of Risk Management Supervision
Deputy Director of the Division of Housing Mission and Goals
Federal Housing Finance Agency
Executive Vice President, Group Head Community Lending and Investment
Wells Fargo
President and CEO
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
City Treasurer
City of Chicago
Joining this year as CDFI Advocate and NCIF Senior Advisor

Speaker biographies


Annie Donovan is Director of the CDFI Fund. She oversees the expansion of access to capital and financial services in critically underserved urban, rural, and tribal communities, where one of the biggest obstacles to economic development is a lack of access to mainstream sources of private sector capital.

In her short time heading the CDFI Fund, Donovan has already embarked on a national Listening Tour to meet with the communities the Fund strives to reach, listening to their insights and how they have come to understand the CDFI Fund.

Donovan joins Treasury’s CDFI Fund from CoopMetrics, where she served as CEO and led the firm's work to provide high quality, affordable business intelligence tools to small businesses and nonprofits seeking to improve financial management, better measure social impact, and increase capacity for innovation. Prior to that, she was a senior policy advisor at the White House, working collaboratively with the Office of Social Innovation and the Council on Environmental Quality. She was part of a team focused on advancing impact investing, social enterprise, and impact data. Donovan’s professional experience also includes having served as the chief operating officer of Capital Impact Partners, a certified Community Development Financial Institution focused on education, healthcare, long term care, and affordable homeownership finance.


Maria Contreras-Sweet became the 24th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and a member of President Obama’s cabinet on April 7, 2014. SBA is charged with supporting America’s small businesses, which create nearly two out of three net, new private-sector jobs in our economy and employ half of our nation’s private-sector workforce.

Contreras-Sweet is a seasoned manager, corporate executive, state cabinet official, entrepreneur and a pioneer in the effort to shatter the glass ceiling in the business world.

At the age of 24, Contreras-Sweet served as the district manager for the United States Census Bureau’s decennial count in 1979, hiring and managing more than 800 employees to deliver an accurate count in Southeast Los Angeles County on time and on budget. Two decades later, she served as chairwoman of the 2000 U.S. Census for the State of California.

Contreras-Sweet entered the private sector as the only female executive for Westinghouse’s 7-Up/RC Bottling Company. She was a leading corporate negotiator for the creation of the Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, which led to the largest-ever expansion of the state’s recycling system. In recognition of her private-sector leadership, she was appointed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the Federal Glass Ceiling Commission to advocate for the advancement of women in corporate America.

Contreras-Sweet was a cabinet official in California, becoming the longest-serving cabinet Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing in state history. For five years, she oversaw 44,000 employees, a $14 billion budget, and 14 state departments, including the Department of Financial Institutions, Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol, and the Department of Motor Vehicles. She also oversaw the creation of the state’s Department of Managed Health Care and its Office of Patient Advocate. During the state’s energy crisis, she chaired the finance committee of California’s electrical power grid, CA-ISO, helping to stabilize the volatile energy market following California’s rolling blackouts.

Upon re-entering the private sector, Contreras-Sweet set her sights on improving access to capital for small businesses. She founded a successful community bank in downtown Los Angeles focused on financing small- and mid-size businesses, especially the region’s underserved entrepreneurs.

Contreras-Sweet was a founding director of The California Endowment, a multi-billion dollar philanthropic health foundation. A first-generation immigrant, she is married to Ray Sweet, and they have three children and a granddaughter. 

In nominating Contreras-Sweet to lead the SBA, President Obama said: “Maria was the driving force behind major job creation and major public investments in infrastructure and in housing [in California]. She’s a champion of women-owned and family-owned businesses. And as someone who moved to California from Mexico as a young girl, and whose mother worked long hours to support Maria and her five siblings, she knows firsthand the challenges that working families and recent immigrants are facing.”



Doreen R. Eberley is the Director of the FDIC’s Division of Risk Management Supervision (RMS).  She is responsible for the FDIC’s: programs designed to promote financial institutions’ safety and soundness and those institutions’ adherence to FDIC statutes and regulations; domestic and international banking policy development; supervisory enforcement initiatives; and regulatory approvals that allow banks to engage in certain activities or transactions carried out through the Division’s workforce of approximately 3,100 employees deployed in six regional offices and 86 field offices nationwide.

Prior to this appointment, Ms. Eberley served as the Senior Deputy Director of RMS and was Regional Director of the FDIC’s New York Region.  She began her FDIC career in 1987 and has served in a number of senior leadership positions within the FDIC’s bank supervision program in Washington, New York and Atlanta.  Career highlights include providing leadership and policy guidance in key positions throughout the financial crisis, including Acting Deputy to FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair and Acting Chairman Martin Gruenberg.  As a member of the senior executive team, she advised the Chairman on policy matters impacting the FDIC’s internal organization and the banking industry.  She additionally served on the professional staff of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Banking and Financial Services under a fellowship program during the 105th Congress.

Ms. Eberley, a native of Florida, holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York and an MBA from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.


Sandra Thompson serves as Deputy Director of the Division of Housing Mission and Goals at Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). She oversees FHFA's research activities, policy development and analysis, the mission and goals of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the housing finance and community and economic development mission of the Federal Home Loan Banks. Her Division is also responsible for overseeing and coordinating FHFA activities involving data analyses, and analysis affecting housing finance and financial markets. 

Prior to joining FHFA, Thompson worked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), where she held various positions over 23 years, most recently as Director, Division of Risk Management Supervision. During her time at FDIC, Thompson led the agency’s examination and enforcement program for risk management and consumer protection at the height of the financial crisis. She also led the FDIC’s outreach initiatives in response to a crisis of consumer confidence in the banking system. She previously served as Director of Securitization for the Resolution Trust Corporation, Goldman Sachs in New York City and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Lesley Milovich is an Executive Vice President and Group Head of Wells Fargo Community Lending and Investment. The group lends to and invests in communities and businesses in support of Wells Fargo’s commitment to economic development, job creation, and affordable housing. Based in San Francisco, Lesley oversees more than 180 team members doing business in 12 regional offices nationwide.

Previously, Lesley led Wells Fargo’s Debt Capital Markets group where she managed structuring, pricing, underwriting, and syndicating of all short-term, floating-rate financings for Wells Fargo’s Wholesale Banking businesses, including Capital Markets, Commercial Banking, and Commercial Real Estate. She also managed private placements.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 1989, Lesley worked with Bankers Trust and Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company in New York for ten years. She graduated with a B.A. in economics and sociology from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.


Charles L. Evans is the ninth President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. In that capacity, he serves on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the Federal Reserve System's monetary policymaking body.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks across the country. These 12 banks — along with the Board of Governors in Washington, DC — make up the nation's central bank. As head of the Chicago Fed, Mr. Evans oversees the work of roughly 1,400 employees in Chicago and Detroit who conduct economic research, supervise financial institutions and provide payment services to commercial banks and the U.S. government.

Before becoming President in September of 2007, Mr. Evans served as Director of Research and Senior Vice President, supervising the Bank's research on monetary policy, banking, financial markets and regional economic conditions. Prior to that, Mr. Evans was a Vice President and Senior Economist with responsibility for the macroeconomics research group.

Mr. Evans personal research has focused on measuring the effects of monetary policy on U.S. economic activity, inflation and financial market prices. It has been published in the Journal of Political Economy, American Economic Review, Journal of Monetary Economics, Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Handbook of Macroeconomics.

Mr. Evans is active in the civic community. He is a board member at Chicago-based Metropolis Strategies, a trustee at Rush University Medical Center, a director of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and a member of The Economic Club of Chicago as well as the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago.

Mr. Evans has taught at the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan and the University of South Carolina. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in economics from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He is married and has two children.




Kurt Summers, Chicago's City Treasurer, is the steward of the city’s $7 billion dollar investment portfolio and is responsible for maintaining records and accounts of the city’s finances while ensuring transparency and accountability for all of the city's transactions. The Treasurer also serves as a trustee or fiduciary on five of the City's public employee pension boards with nearly $25 billion under management. Treasurer Summers serves as the City's banker, investor and advocate to empower young people, workers and small business owners, as well as programs that promote economic growth and financial education. Summers began his career at McKinsey & Company, a preeminent global strategy-consulting firm. Most recently, he served as a Senior Vice President at Grosvenor Capital Management and as a member of the Office of the Chairman. In that role, Summers was a leader of the Emerging and Diverse Manager business, which invested over $2 billion with minority- and women-owned firms.


Donna Gambrell joins the 2015 NCIF Development Banking Conference as CDFI Advocate and NCIF Senior Advisor. She is a steadfast advocate for lifting up and revitalizing our most vulnerable, low-wealth communities. She is also the longest-serving and first African-American woman to be appointed Director of the CDFI Fund.

During her tenure from 2007 to 2013, the CDFI Fund experienced significant growth, more than doubling funding under its flagship program. It strongly supported a CDFI industry responsible for providing affordable capital, credit, and financial services to low-income neighborhoods. The CDFI Fund also designed and administered a number of new initiatives targeted to underserved markets, including the Capital Magnet Fund, the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, and the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program.

Gambrell is currently a visiting, nonresident scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. She is also a board member for Southern Bancorp Inc., in Little Rock, which is one of the nation’s largest CDFIs and the model upon which the CDFI industry was founded. Gambrell also speaks and consults on issues related to consumer protection and community and economic development.