Meet The Team
Marisa Calderon is an experienced executive who is regularly recognized, awarded and cited nationwide for her expertise in the housing and financial services industries. She has over two decades of experience dedicated to the issues of economic mobility and bridging America’s racial wealth gap.
Marisa Calderon is the executive director at NCRC Community Development Fund (NCRC CDF), a nonprofit, U.S. Treasury-certified community development financial institution (CDFI) that provides loan capital to expand access to affordable homeownership and which helps Black-, Brown- and woman-owned businesses thrive. Under her leadership in her first 18 months, at NCRC CDF, they deployed over $17 million in capital to historically underserved Black, Latino, immigrant, and women entrepreneurs through their small business and investment programs earning them a place on Fast Company’s list of 2022 Most Innovative Companies in the World. She is also chief of community finance & mobility at the NCRC CDF’s parent company, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), where her work focuses on advancing economic mobility for communities impacted by systemic inequality and disinvestment.
Marisa is ranked on the Swanepoel Power 200 as one of the most powerful leaders in the residential real estate industry, and was twice named a HousingWire Woman of Influence in 2018 and 2021 for her work in increasing real estate and mortgage professionals’ understanding and appreciation of the Hispanic home-buying market. In 2021 she was named one of Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching in Leadership and was featured in Hispanic Stars Rising: The New Face of Power and was recognized on Women We Admire’s list of Top 50 Women Leaders in Finance of 2022. Frequently sought out as an expert on affordable housing, lending and immigration, Marisa has been interviewed by numerous publications and media outlets including NPR’s Marketplace and does regular public speaking at industry and general market events including Mortgage Banker’s Association, FDIC, Consumer Federation of America, National Fair Housing Alliance, and many others.
Prior to joining NCRC, Marisa served as executive director of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), the largest minority and real estate trade association in the country. During her decade at the helm of NAHREP, she authored the annual State of Hispanic Homeownership Report and played an instrumental role as executive producer of L’ATTITUDE, an annual broadcast and in-person event attended by thousands that engages entrepreneurs, business leaders, professional athletes, politicians, and other industry influencers.
In addition to this work, Marisa is also a board member of the non-partisan political action committee, Latinas Lead California, and a Senior Advisor to America’s Homeowner Alliance; she previously served on boards for the Hispanic Wealth Project, Banc of California, and the Fannie Mae Affordable Housing Advisory Council.
Marisa lives in San Diego with her husband and two children.
Christa Murillo serves as Special Assistant to the Chief of Community Finance and Mobility. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and a proud native of Kansas City, Missouri. Christa received her bachelor’s degree in modern languages and marketing from the University of Central Missouri. Prior to joining NCRC, Christa worked at the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals in multiple departments including marketing, policy, and chapter support. She has contributed to several annual publications focused on Hispanic homeownership and wealth in the United States. Her expertise includes extensive experience in member engagement, research and project management. Christa is a military spouse, mother, and Poshmark ambassador. Her passions include: ice cream, barbecue, and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Estee Smith joined NCRC in April 2022 as Healthy Communities Director where she is responsible for leading the organization’s efforts on workforce development, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), SNAP Employment and Training (E&T) and their intersection with social determinants of health. Prior to NCRC, Estee was responsible for community engagement efforts at Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), specifically within PBS KIDS and PBS Station Services. At PBS, Estee supported PBS member stations in connecting high-need communities with PBS content and resources. Estee worked with stations to develop, test, and evaluate parent and educator-focused initiatives adapted in local communities nationwide. She also led community engagement efforts to provide training and support to member stations identifying and enhancing ways of utilizing data for impact based storytelling, meeting station business goals and providing insight into audience engagement.
Prior to PBS, Estee led the state of Missouri’s SNAP E&T efforts across 32 counties through her work at University of Missouri Extension which was contracted to provide workforce development services to unemployed and underemployed Missourians receiving SNAP employment and training services. Estee additionally worked with Central Missouri Community Action delivering family and workforce development services, particularly families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) employment and training services. She developed community relationships in Central Missouri while facilitating community-based workshops and being a part of human services coalition groups. Additionally, she served as an advisor and facilitator for front line staff earning the Family Development Credential through University of Connecticut and Missouri Community Action Network.
Estee is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia. She is a Chicago native, now currently residing in Arlington, VA and is most passionate about social equity issues. Estee enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, art, music, and exploring the DC food scene.
Natasha Sim is an attorney and program manager at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC). Since joining NCRC in late 2020, Natasha has managed the implementation of a multi-million-dollar lending program and the development of an affordable housing initiative aiming to produce 20 million homes by 2030. Natasha has been featured by the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia and the American Bar Association. Natasha is currently serving as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section’s Community Economic Development Committee.
Natasha is regularly called to speak at industry events and is a proud supporter of several organizations focused on the empowerment of women and undeserved communities, including the D.C. Volunteer Lawyer’s Project (Junior Board Member), the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (Co-Chair of Career Development and Mentorship Committee), and Women in Housing and Finance. Natasha was honored to be listed on the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll in 2020 with High Honors—an award for those who have completed over 100 hours of pro-bono service in a given year.
Natasha received a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School in 2017 and an LL.M. in Securities and Financial Regulation from Georgetown University Law Center in 2019.
Nayeli Pelayo is Operations Director at NCRC’s Community Development Fund where she oversees the management of the organization’s programs and internal operations. Nayeli has over 10 years of experience working in advocacy for social justice nonprofits with an emphasis in DEI, communications, fundraising and people management at organizations including National Immigration Law Center, American Immigration Council and GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic. Most recently, she served as co-executive director at ProgressPop, a nonprofit focused on producing pop culture content to increase civic participation with the goal of making the US a more equitable society.
She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration with a certification in Nonprofit Sector Management from California State University, Northridge, and a bachelor’s in Journalism. Originally from California, Nayeli is bilingual in Spanish with native fluency and currently lives in the DMV on a small suburban homestead with her husband and son.