1051-A Gardner Rd
Charleston, SC 29407
3710 Landmark Dr, Ste 100
Columbia, SC 29204
1218 John B. White Sr. Blvd, Unit I
Spartanburg, SC 29306
Our staff, Board of Directors, and Loan Committees come from across the state to advance the vision of a more equitable South Carolina.
As CEO of SCCLF, Anna oversees the organization’s progress to its strategic goals in all aspects of the organization. During her tenure at SCCLF, which started in 2013, Anna has also held the title of COO, Strategic Initiative Director, and Program Manager. Demonstrating her passion for social and economic justice for all, Anna has more than fifteen years’ non-profit experience, including work related to healthy food access and affordable housing.
Anna is a graduate of College of Charleston and holds a Masters Degree in Social Work. She serves on the boards of Eat Smart Move More SC, Operation Home, SC Community Capital Alliance, and SC Homeless Coalition. An avid college football fan, Anna lives in Charleston with her husband David, her step-sons Jonathan and Zachary, and their rescue dogs, Pip and Avery.
Brendan is responsible for the growth, management and soundness of SCCLF's loan portfolio in Upstate SC as well as business development program marketing.
Brendan received his master's degree in history for Armstrong Atlantic State University. He has over 10 years of management experience, including two years serving as the Executive Director of Hub City Farmers' Market, a successful and widely known nonprofit organization in Spartanburg. Brendan graduated the Spartanburg Healthy Organization Institute in 2014 and serves on the Upstate Food Policy Council.
As SCCLF's Operations Manager, Chrissy is responsible for managing a wide range of administrative tasks to support the executive team, and for ensuring the efficient and proper function of SCCLF's three offices.
Chrissy received a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Chrissy is passionate about working with organizations that have a strong community focus. She has worked in Business Development at a fair-trade, organic coffee roaster and as an Executive Assistant at a sustainable bike share company. In her free time, Chrissy enjoys volunteering at the children’s hospital.
As the Investments and Grants Manager, Dawn works to develop and implement SCCLF’s capitalization strategy to grow their revolving loan fund, ensure the availability of adequate operating funding, and increase the organization’s capacity to finance community development projects across South Carolina. Dawn is a graduate of Converse College in Spartanburg, SC where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing.
Dawn is very active in the Spartanburg community and she volunteers for several local non-profit organizations. She is a member of the Inclusion Council of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce; a student mentor at James F. Byrnes High school; an elected member of the Spartanburg District Five School Board of Trustees; and a member of the 2020 Class of Leadership Spartanburg.
Dawn has served as a past member of the Board of Directors at Middle Tyger Community Center; a past member of the Chapman Cultural Center Board of Trustees; a past member of the Alumnae Association Board at Converse College; a 2016 graduate of Spartanburg County’s Citizens’ Academy; and a 2015 graduate of the Grassroots Leadership Development Institute through the Spartanburg County Foundation.
Dawn resides in Spartanburg with her husband, daughter and two sons.
Demetria is primarily responsible for overseeing the online presence of SCCLF. She monitors our social media channels, curates the website's blog, and manages our email communications.
Demetria previously worked at newspapers and magazines as a designer, writer and photographer. She is a graduate of South Carolina State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Print Journalism. She also holds a Masters of Arts in Online Journalism with a concentration in Storytelling from DePaul University.
Holly directs the organization’s day-to-day communications, marketing and PR activities to increase visibility of SCCLF, its mission and its work throughout South Carolina.
Holly received a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications from College of Charleston. She has served as a volunteer, board member, staff member and contractor for nonprofits throughout the Charleston community for over a decade. She lives in Charleston with her numerous house plants and her rescued hound, Julep.
In his role as Chief Lending Officer, James develops, directs and implements the lending strategies, programs, products and policies of the South Carolina Community Loan Fund (SCCLF). Leveraging nearly two decades of experience in the financial services industry, James forges partnerships with diverse stakeholder groups in order to foster community economic development in low-wealth communities across the SCCLF footprint.
When he is not traversing the state to meet with entrepreneurs, developers & community leaders, James proudly serves as a member of the Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless (MACH) Board of Directors, the Orangeburg Area Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Advisory Council, the Rural Resource Coalition SC and the City of Columbia Commercial Retention & Redevelopment Review Committee. In March 2019, James was unanimously appointed by the Columbia (SC) City Council to serve on the Columbia Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. In May 2019, James was named to the South Carolina Black Pages Top 20 Under 40 Class of 2019.
James holds an Associates of Arts Degree from Trident Technical College, two Bachelor of Science Degrees in Marketing and Management from Coastal Carolina University and is certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council (NDC). James has been a member of the SCCLF team since 2016.
As the Coastal Community Development Loan Officer, Joseph is responsible for the growth and management of SCCLF’s loan portfolio in Coastal SC as well as business development and program marketing.
Joseph comes to SCCLF with 12 years of experience working in diverse outreach and programmatic roles within the public sector. Most recently, Joseph worked as a Compliance Manager with the City of Columbia where he was responsible for the management and monitoring of 8 million dollars in federal funds, as well as a staff of five. Prior to that role, he spent several years working with woman and minority small business owners on certification, underwriting, and business development at the Governor’s Office. He also previously worked in the claims department for Colonial Life Insurance and BlueCross BlueShield of SC. Joseph holds a Master’s in Public Administration as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Pre-Law.
As Program Manager, Kelly oversees the development and implementation of SCCLF’s programs, emphasizing technical assistance, and assessment and knowledge sharing, across all four of SCCLF’s lending areas (affordable housing, healthy food, community facilities, and community business).
Kelly Sharkey began her career in non-profit work in New Orleans, LA, helping with Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. There she gained experience in affordable housing where she assisted low- to moderate-income first-time homebuyers achieve the ultimate dream of homeownership. As a licensed Real Estate Agent, she focused on affordable housing and provided homebuyer training to first-time homebuyers. She also oversaw all fundraising, volunteer recruitment and major events. Kelly recently completed a dual master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) and Public Health (MPH) from Tulane University. Prior to joining SCCLF, she was a case manager at a homeless shelter, working specifically with permanent supportive housing programs.
As Data and Analytics Manager, Kendra provides primary oversight of SCCLF's data reporting system and works to further develop SCCLF’s reporting capabilities in support of its growing internal and external needs.
Kendra previously spent three years serving with Blackbaud, the world’s leader in non-profit management solutions. While at Blackbaud, she assisted clients with streamlining fundraising and donor management processes via cloud technology. Kendra is a graduate of Columbia College in Columbia, SC where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Public Affairs, with a double minor in Communications and English. With a Master of Business Administration focusing on international relations from Webster University, Kendra is passionate about finding cross-cultural donor solutions. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and—in typical Charleston form—lounging at the beach.
Kendra resides in Moncks Corner, SC with her husband, Lamar, two daughters—Jordan and Riley—and two Cocker Spaniels—Domino and Oreo.
Leigh Ann is responsible for all financial matters of SCCLF including formulating and implementing policies and plans to meet the organization’s short-and long-term financial objectives as well as assuring adherence to all required compliance, regulation, and financial reporting required of SCCLF’s programs.
Leigh Ann has more than 20 years of experience in the finance and accounting field, working in both the for profit and not for profit sectors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Missouri State University and received her MBA from Pepperdine University.
As SCCLF's Staff Accountant, Majda supports the financial management and operations of the organization through the maintenance of loan accounting records, servicing of loans receivable, and by providing accounting support.
Majda graduated in May 2019 from Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a minor in Finance. Previously, Majda worked for AgFirst Farm Credit Bank where she focused on lending to farmers in rural communities. While working in the Loan Accounting Department for AgFirst, she developed her accounting skills as well as an interest in nonprofit work and a desire to serve her community.
As the Midlands Community Development Loan Officer, Sedeyia is responsible for the growth and management of SCCLF’s loan portfolio in the Midlands SC as well as business development and program marketing.
Sedeyia holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from South Carolina State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Webster University.
Sedeyia has over 10 years of experience in the financial industry. Her passion for non-profits began in Charlotte, NC assisting individuals in achieving the dream of home ownership. As a certified HUD housing counselor, Sedeyia was an advocate for low to moderate income individuals and minorities who have not been able to gain access to affordable home ownership. By providing comprehensive counseling, individuals were able to overcome financial roadblocks and find affordable outcomes.
As Portfolio Manager, Shelley provides support to the financial management and operations of SCCLF. Her responsibilities include loan policies and procedures compliance, overseeing loan closings, loan document management, underwriting/closing loan modifications, site visits and loan monitoring, and borrower relations.
Shelley graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts from Winthrop University and in 2005 graduated from Trident Technical College from the American Bar Association approved Paralegal Program. Shelley has over 12 years of experience in the legal field, serving for over five of those years as a commercial and/or residential real estate closer.
As CSO, Victoria works closely with the CEO to develop and implement SCCLF’s short and long-term goals, organizational priorities, and strategic initiatives. She also oversees SCCLF’s communications, data management, and advocacy functions.
Victoria joined the SCCLF team in 2015, leading the organization’s communications team and special events before moving into her current role. Prior to joining SCCLF, Victoria served as an AmeriCorps member with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia and Reading Partners Charleston. Victoria holds a Master of Public Administration and Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning from the College of Charleston, and a Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs from George Mason University.