Founded in 2005, AMCREF is an impact-driven specialty finance firm supporting innovative businesses that create quality jobs, environmental benefits, and economic opportunities in their communities.

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  innovative financial products and advisory services including tax credit-enhanced investments and non-conventional debt financing. Together, our team has more than 80+ 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 primarily in the Southern U.S. with a particular emphasis on rural communities.

Meet the Team




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


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Knox Clark is a co-founder of AMCREF Community Capital, LLC and the founder of Gulf South Finance, LLC. Knox has more than 25 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.

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As Director of 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.

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Clifford Kenwood is President and co-founder of AMCREF Community Capital. Cliff has 25+ years of experience working in the specialty finance and environmental arenas in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Prior to co-founding AMCREF in 2005, he worked for Stonehenge Capital in tax credit financing, venture capital and community development. Prior to Stonehenge, Cliff worked for Preservation North Carolina, marketing and supervising rehabilitation of historic structures utilizing tax credits. Cliff also worked for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation in New Orleans. He holds MBA and Master of Regional Planning degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BA from Rollins College.

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SVP of Asset Management and Compliance

As SVP of Asset Management and Compliance, Ms. Love oversees and maintains regulatory and compliance requirements while also providing asset management for the company’s portfolio. 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 and an MBA in Finance from Loyola University.

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Ms. Seagren joined AMCREF in 2007 and has sourced, underwritten and closed the majority of AMCREF’s NMTC investments. Susan has more than 18 years of corporate finance experience, including tax credit finance, venture capital/private equity and investment banking. Prior to AMCREF, Susan worked as an Associate for the Private Capital Group at Silicon Valley Bank Alliant 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. Susan also worked as 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.

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