Founded in 2005, AMCREF is a impact-driven specialty finance firm committed to building a smarter world through smarter finance.

AMCREF supports early-stage and high-growth companies with a range of financial products and services. Specializing in investments that improve communities, create quality jobs, and serve the environment, AMCREF believes that social responsibility and profitability are not mutually exclusive.

AMCREF offers a variety of innovative financial products and advisory services including: tax credit-enhanced investments and non-conventional debt . Together, our team has more than 70+ years of experience and has facilitated $1.5 billion in transactions.

AMCREF has invested more than $500 million of federal and state New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) enhanced-capital. These funds are used to finance environmentally-beneficial businesses based in low-income communities in the Southern U.S. with a particular emphasis on rural communities.

Meet the team

Dawn Brown

Dawn Brown

Executive Assistant
Knox Clark

Knox Clark

Principal
Katie Frattaroli

Katie Frattaroli

Vice President Business Development
Clifford M. Kenwood

Clifford M. Kenwood

President
Nianah Love

Nianah Love

Compliance Coordinator
Maria Mandina

Maria Mandina

Chief Operating Officer
Susan Seagren

Susan Seagren

Managing Director

Dawn Brown

Dawn Brown

Executive Assistant

As Executive Assistant, Ms. Brown provides AMCREF with technical and administrative support. Dawn has more than 8 years of accounting and business administration experience. Prior to joining AMCREF in 2015, Brown worked for Jefferson Community Health Care Center where she was responsible for organizing and collecting patient information and maintaining patient- relationship. Prior to this, Brown assisted with processing payments and monitoring accounts for University Hospital Services, Inc. Dawn holds a BA in Business Administration from American InterContinental University Hoffman Estates, IL

Knox Clark

Knox Clark

Principal

Knox Clark is a co-founder of AMCREF Community Capital, LLC and the founder of Gulf South Finance, LLC. Knox has more than twenty five years of commercial and corporate finance experience as an asset based lender, investment banker and corporate development director. Prior to founding Gulf South Finance in 2003 and co-founding AMCREF in 2005, Knox served as Vice President, Marketing for Gulf Coast Business Credit, a New Orleans asset based lender.  Prior to joining Gulf Coast, Knox served as Vice President, Corporate Finance with Hibernia Southcoast Capital where he spent three years executing mergers & acquisitions, equity financings and other financial advisory services for public and private companies. Prior to Hibernia Southcoast, he spent nine years in the natural resource industry as a corporate development professional executing stock and asset acquisitions, greenfield and expansion projects, new product development initiatives and existing operation enhancements on five continents. Knox earned a BA from Tulane University and a MBA from Loyola University New Orleans.

Phone: 504.495.1084

Katie Frattaroli

Katie Frattaroli

Vice President Business Development

As Vice President Business Development, Ms. Frattaroli is responsible for sourcing investment opportunities, community outreach and identifying new business. Katie has nearly 10 years of experience with community development and tax credit finance and has spent her career working with NMTCs. Prior to rejoining AMCREF in 2017, Katie worked as an Acquisitions Manager for National Trust Community Investment Corporations (NTCIC) identifying, structuring and preliminarily underwriting prospective NMTC, historic tax credit, and private equity investments in the South. Prior to NTCIC, Katie worked in triple bottom line real estate development as a Project Finance Consultant and Developer renovating and repositioning large scale, vacant and blighted properties in severely distressed Southern markets. In this capacity, Katie successfully sourced and leveraged more than $150 million of public and private investment capital to redevelop 400,000 sq. ft. of real estate. Katie began her career in 2008 at AMCREF as an Associate, supporting the asset management and compliance functions. Katie holds a Masters of Sustainable Real Estate Development from Tulane University and a BA in Communications from Loyola University New Orleans.

Phone: 504-593-8360

Clifford M. Kenwood

Clifford M. Kenwood

President

Mr. Kenwood is a co-founder of AMCREF Community Capital and the founder of Rebirth Capital, LLC. Cliff has more than 24 years of experience working in the specialty finance and environmental arenas. Before co-founding AMCREF in 2005, Cliff worked for Stonehenge Capital Company, an innovative financial services firm specializing in tax credit financing, venture capital and community development. Prior to Stonehenge, Cliff worked as a Project Manager for Preservation North Carolina, where he marketed and supervised rehabilitation of historic structures utilizing state and federal tax credits. Cliff worked as Project Coordinator for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation in New Orleans, Louisiana prior to Preservation NC. Cliff holds an MBA and a Master of Regional Planning degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BA from Rollins College.

Phone: 504.593.8247

Nianah Love

Nianah Love

Compliance Coordinator

As Compliance Coordinator, Ms. Love provides accounting, analytical and communications support to the Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining AMCREF in 2015, Nianah worked as a Client Service Professional at Chase Bank where she was responsible for the customer service and relationship management activities of an assigned portfolio of Commercial Middle-Market customers. Prior to Chase, Nianah was an Administrative Assistant at Capital One Bank, where she was responsible for administrative support and research activities in commercial banking for sales advisors and product managers. Nianah holds a BS in Finance with a minor in Management from the University of New Orleans.

Maria Mandina

Maria Mandina

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Mandina manages AMCREF’s investment portfolio and operations. Maria has more than 21 years of relevant experience serving in key operations, administrative, and business execution roles for a wide range of venture capital, financial services, legal, investment banking, and securities businesses. Prior to joining AMCREF in 2013, Maria operated her own consulting firm assisting clients with operations, marketing, logistics, finance and public relations. Prior to that, Maria was instrumental in the startup of Global Hunter Securities, LLC investment firm, now Seaport Global, LLC where she served as Chief Administrative Officer and interim Chief Compliance Officer. In this role, Maria developed policies, procedures and internal controls to meet and ensure compliance with regulation requirements. Maria also served as Operations Manager of Pritchard Capital Partners, LLC, and Operations Coordinator for the Investment Banking initiative of RBC Dominion Securities, now RBC Capital Markets where she played a key role establishing and developing US operations for the firm in the Energy sector. Maria earned a BA and MBA with honors from the University of New Orleans.

Phone: 504.891.3185

Susan Seagren

Susan Seagren

Managing Director

As Managing Director, Ms. Seagren is responsible for sourcing, screening and closing AMCREF’s NMTC investments. Susan has more than 16 years of corporate finance experience, including tax credit financing, venture capital/private equity and investment banking. Prior to joining AMCREF in 2007, Susan worked as an Associate for the Private Capital Group at Silicon Valley Bank Alliant responsible for executing financings for companies in the technology and healthcare sectors. Before Alliant, Susan was an Account Manager at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, where she was responsible for strategy development, client relations and process management. Prior to Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, Susan was a Senior Analyst in the Corporate Finance Group at JPMorgan Chase H&Q (Hambrecht & Quist) where she focused on equity transactions for private and public software and Internet companies. Susan holds a BS in Finance with highest honors from the University of Colorado.

Phone: 504.899.8780