NCIF Staff

Saurabh Narain
President and CEO

Chad Johnson
Vice President, Lending

Christopher Malehorn
Vice President, Investing

Seun Shonukan
Director, Portfolio and Compliance Management

Weneis Chan

Ryan Juhas
Assistant Controller

Precious Richardson-McWright

Natalia Paipilla
Investment Analyst

Stacey E. Gardner
Executive Assistant to the President and CEO

Susan Coleman
Consultant, Communications


Saurabh Narain is the President and Chief Executive of National Community Investment Fund. He joined NCIF in 2003, and, under his leadership, the fund has become the largest equity investor (in numbers) in CDFI Banks in the country, grown assets under management to $228 million (including $203 million in NMTC allocations) and pioneered the development of NCIF’s Social Performance Metrics.

He is involved in policy and advocacy for the industry through his board positions in the CDFI Coalition and memberships with the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council (2008-10) and the Minority Depository Institutions Advisory Council of the Officer of Thrift Supervision (2009-11). NCIF is also a member of the Investors Council of the Global Impact Investing Network and the Strategy and Adoption Committee of the Impact Rating and Investing System led by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Prior to NCIF, he has had extensive experience in capital markets and risk management having worked at Bank of America for almost 17 years based in Asia and the US. Towards the end of his tenure in Hong Kong, he was Head of Marketing, Non-Japan Asia for Global Derivative Products. He has done business in almost 10 countries in Asia/US dealing with financial institutions, global multinational corporations and governments.

He is interested in inclusive finance and the microfinance movement in India. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association, Chicago Chapter and is a regular speaker in industry conferences.

Saurabh is a graduate of the ABA Graduate Stonier School of Banking (2007), and holds an MBA from Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad (1985), and a Bachelors of Arts (Honors) in Economics from St. Stephens College, University of Delhi (1983), India.


Christopher Malehorn is the Vice President of Investing at NCIF.  Christopher joined the NCIF team in 2015.  Prior to NCIF, he has had extensive experience in capital raising and providing merger advisory services for financial services companies through various market cycles.  He had prior experience with full service investment banks including Stifel Nicolaus/Ryan Beck and Esposito Securities.  Christopher has over 17 years of experience working with depository institutions and community banks, including seven years in the financial institutions group of Washington D.C. law firms.  During his time in the financial institutions industry, Christopher has completed over 75 transactions totaling approximately $7.5 billion in transaction value. These transactions include mergers and acquisitions, mutual to stock conversions, initial public offerings, secondary offerings, private placements and de novo bank formations and financings.  Christopher holds a MBA with honors from Marymount University and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from McDaniel College.


Seun Shonukan is the Director of Portfolio and Compliance management at NCIF. He joined the NCIF team in 2021. Seun has over 15 years combined experience in commercial banking, FP & A , Private equity and the Capital markets. Earlier in his career he received his securities licenses (Series 6, 63) at JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A and served high-net-worth customers in the North Shore Chicago Suburbs.

Over the length of his career, he has worked at multiple banks including JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A, Urban Partnership Bank (CDFI Bank) and Providence Bank & Trust. He has held roles as a Personal Banker, Financial analyst, Commercial Banking Underwriter, Portfolio manager and Commercial banker.

Seun has managed more than $225 million in total assets in a variety of segments. These segments include commercial & industrial, business banking, commercial & investment real estate, commercial real estate construction, SBA, non-profit, as well as others. Seun is passionate about community outreach to the low-income communities and he volunteers often at his local food bank.

Seun holds a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma in Norman and a Master’s degree in accounting and financial management from Keller Graduate School in Chicago. He currently holds two agile project management certifications as a Scrum Master and a Product Owner.


Weneis Chan joined the NCIF team as the Controller in 2021. She has over 17 years of accounting experience, mostly in the non-profit sector. She has led day-to-day accounting functions, external audits, and tax preparations.

Weneis graduated from DePaul University with a degree in accounting and earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She is a certified public accountant.


Ryan Juhas is an Assistant Controller at NCIF. Ryan joined NCIF in 2020. Prior to NCIF, Ryan spent over 4 years in public accounting as an external auditor at Plante Moran within both the Financial Institutions and Not-For-Profit groups. Ryan graduated from Purdue University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree double major in Accounting and Management. 

Precious Richardson-McWright is the Bookkeeper at NCIF. Precious has 19 years of bookkeeping experience. She spent 14 of those years as a cash application specialist for Garda Cash Logistics, in which she balanced and audited various bank accounts daily. Afterwards she had multiple contract positions with various companies assisting them with their bookkeeping.


Stacey E. Gardner is the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO at NCIF.  Stacey brings over 20 years of  experience along with a proven track record of strong performance in effectively providing support to upper levels of management.  Prior to joining NCIF, Stacey worked as an Administrative Coordinator with Ziegler Capital Management (formerly known as Lotsoff Capital Management) for 17 years.  Stacey graduated from Robert Morris with a Professional Diploma in Secretarial/Business.


Chad Johnson comes to NCIF with a storied background of achievements, education, and life experiences.  He has served on active duty in the U.S. Navy, including cruises in the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean, Aegean & Caribbean seas, the Gulf of Izmir and the Gulf of Mexico.  He has also served in the U.S. Naval Reserves, including in locations such as Washington D.C., California, Washington, Hawaii, and Japan.

Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Illinois (1999), he began his professional career with American National Bank as a commercial credit analyst.  In 2005, Chad shifted focus to working more on the portfolio management and sales development sides of commercial banking.  Since then he has managed more than $450 million in total assets and originated over $67 million of new business in a variety of segments.  Those segments include commercial & industrial business banking, commercial & investment real estate, commercial & speculative real estate construction, SBA, non-profit, as well as others.  He has significant experience in working both for and with large and small organizations to leverage mutually beneficial financing relationships for all parties.  Chad has also completed an associate course in Project Management, invested in residential real estate, and owned/operated his own small business.  Coming from humble beginnings, Chad takes pride in assisting those with less fortunate circumstances, especially those that seek to bring positive changes to themselves, their organizations, and their communities.


Natalia Paipilla is the Analyst of Investing at NCIF. Natalia joined the NCIF team in 2020. Born and raised in Bogota-Colombia, Natalia brings multiple years of work experience in the financial services industry, diverse perspectives, and drive to work towards social impact and financial inclusion. Prior to NCIF, Natalia spent 4 years at Goldman Sachs where she focused on credit research and leverage lending analysis. During this time, Natalia covered counterparties that operated in the Consumer, Retail, Healthcare, Technology, Media, and Telecommunication industries. Natalia also worked at Citigroup, where she conducted financial and market analysis on Latin America.

Natalia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of Florida.


Susan Coleman has been a consultant for marketing and communications for NCIF for more than eight years. She brings a diverse set of skills in both print and digital design to help NCIF create a strong brand presence. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) and many years of experience with for-profit and non-profit businesses in the financial and education markets.

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