Meet The Team
Adnan Bokhari is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and plays a key role in advancing NCRC’s strategic priorities, including building organizational resiliency through the combined power of people and systems.
Adnan is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with over 20 years of finance and operations experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining NCRC in November 2021, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of the National Immigration Law Center, and the CFO and COO for Prosperity Now; each a nationally recognized movement leader in their respective issue areas of immigrant rights and economic justice. Through decades of experience, Adnan has gained expertise in leading change and garnered a reputation for building resilient organizations.
Adnan has lived experiences as a low-income, asset poor, first-generation immigrant, and is passionate about creating opportunities for others. He was the first Pakistani-American to be elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Golden Key International Honour Society (2016-2020), the world’s largest collegiate honor society. In 2018, Adnan was appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to the Board of the Virginia Community Colleges System (VCCS) overseeing all 23 Community Colleges across the Commonwealth. He also serves on the Boards of the National Housing Trust (NHT) and the Indivisible Project; working to preserve affordable housing and to protect our democracy.
Andrew Nachison joined NCRC in 2017. He’s a media, tech, arts, civic and social venture founder, funder, advisor, executive and creative catalyst. He’s also a writer, journalist and futurist. After a decade of work as a journalist and pioneer in online news, he co-founded iFOCOS, the Institute for the Connected Society, and We Media, an innovation agency, to help people create, share and understand networked knowledge and culture. Earlier in his career he led research, executive education and futures programs for the American Press Institute; and reported and edited for The Associated Press, New York Times, Audubon and other magazines. His work, events and ideas have been covered by The New York Times, BBC, CNN, Fortune, PBS Newshour, PBS Mediashift, Publisher’s Weekly, Mediabistro, the Pew Internet & American Life Project and others. He has been a board member of the World Editor’s Forum and advised a variety of publishing, social and civic media and technology startups and the International Women’s Media Foundation. He’s also a photographer, musician, artist, husband and dad, has published two short fiction stories, written many others and swears there’s more to come. He studied philosophy at Dartmouth College. He shares links and other things at nach.com and is on Instagram @anachison.
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.
Brad Blower joined NCRC as its General Counsel in June 2020. Over the course of his career, he has worked as an advocate on civil rights and consumer protection issues with the federal government and in the nonprofit and private sectors.
Prior to NCRC, Brad was the Vice President for Consumer Practices at American Express, overseeing the company’s compliance with fair lending and consumer protection laws, including servicing as the fair lending officer. Before that, he was General Counsel at HopeLoan Port, an innovative nonprofit web portal solution that connected homeowners in distress with their mortgage servicers and credit counselors after the meltdown of the mortgage market. He also worked as Counsel at the national civil rights law firm of Relman & Colfax, an Assistant Director at the Federal Trade Commission and a trial attorney at the Department of Justice. In all these roles, he brought stakeholders together to combat discriminatory and predatory lending practices. Earlier in his career, he lived in Dunedin, New Zealand with his wife, and was as a visiting legal scholar at the University of Otago Law School. He enjoys hiking, running, travel and reading.
He is a graduate of Duke Law School and Yale University.
Adam Rust is a Senior Policy Advisor at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, where he pursues the organization’s policy agenda for digital banking and consumer lending, as well as in its primary mission to defend the Community Reinvestment Act.
From 2005 to 2020, he was Director of Research at Reinvestment Partners (RP), an advocacy and community development non-profit organization in Durham, North Carolina. While at Reinvestment Partners, he authored numerous publications on consumer finance, payments and mortgage lending. As the lead for RP’s WiseWage project, he facilitated a socially-responsible LLC that migrated over one thousand workers to FDIC-insured bank accounts. He served on the Board of Directors of the US Faster Payments Council and as a consumer representative to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee.
He has master’s degrees in Journalism from the University of Missouri (1997), City and Regional Planning from UNC-Chapel Hill (2003) and Finance from Indiana University (2016).
Alan Pyke is the Director of Communications and Managing Editor. Alan has worked in non-profit media and communications since 2010. He wrote about the media’s coverage of the 2008 Wall Street crisis at Media Matters and reported on homelessness, racial justice and policing at ThinkProgress from 2010 through 2019, before leaving journalism to join Bernie Sanders’ 2020 campaign team in Iowa. His communications consulting clients since then include the American Economic Liberties Project and Social Security Works. Alan’s freelance writing on politics, sports, and movies has appeared in The New Republic, Defector, RogerEbert.com, and elsewhere.
Esthefany Alejandra Pringle is NCRC’s Communications & Marketing Associate. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a bachelor’s in Marketing. During her undergraduate journey, Alejandra offered to be a volunteer as a Digital Marketing Manager for Lindaben foundation, where she learned and was passionate about helping her community. Alejandra helps the foundation to be accessible for every Spanish speaker and to gain a higher audience in their social media accounts, the relationships and experiences at the foundation have encouraged Alejandra to focus more on social justice. When not working or volunteering, Alejandra spends her free time with her family and friends, she also likes traveling and cooking.
Alisha Felder joined NCRC in May 2022. She leads the day-to-day operations for the HR and Administrative Services department. She brings over fifteen years of experience in the areas of human resources, finance, operations and administration in both the nonprofit and private sectors. She has worked in a senior management capacity with The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, The National Association of State Workforce Agencies, Ambulatory Surgery Center Association and Reiter and Hill, PLLC. In her recent previous role as an Operations Director, Alisha established and led the company’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion task force which identified internal inequities. Alisha enjoys participating in professional development activities and trainings. As a local and nationally recognized HR leader, Alisha has worked with business leaders and executive teams in transforming culture, improving HR strategy and implementing workplace programs and DEI trainings. Alisha is passionate about sustaining an equitable and inclusive work environment. As a native Washingtonian, she enjoys volunteering in her community and organizing philanthropic endeavors.
Alyssa Wiltse is the Senior Marketing Manager for NCRC. She was previously NCRC’s Senior Media Manager. While she has always been passionate about social justice issues, Alyssa previously focused this passion on the international environmental sector, working for seven years as a journalist covering the global freshwater and sanitation crisis and more recently working as a media relations and publications officer for an international rainforest and species conservation organization. She also has a B.A. and M.A. in environmental policy from West Virginia University and George Washington University, respectively. However, current domestic challenges encouraged Alyssa to expand beyond this experience to focus more closely on what matters to her most here at home, eliminating all barriers to an equitable society. When not working towards a more fair, just and healthy world, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her family, reading mystery novels and gallivanting in the great outdoors.
Anneliese Lederer is the Director of Fair Lending and Consumer Protection for NCRC. Anneliese is a graduate of the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and Yeshiva University Stern College for Women. She is a member of the bar in the state of Maryland. She has previously worked and interned for a diverse group of legal practices and legislative interests.
Bruce C. Mitchell, PhD
Bruce is NCRC Research’s Senior Analyst. As an urban geographer, he recognizes the crucial role of place in determining the range of economic opportunities available to people. He specializes in the application of quantitative methods, including conventional and spatial statistics, remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) to analyze patterns of inequity in U.S. cities. He is deeply interested in the historical and structural factors which have shaped the present demographic and socioeconomic patterns of neighborhoods. These factors include segregation, redlining, suburbanization, urban renewal and gentrification. He has published works on environmental justice and disparities in access to financial services for minorities and people of lower socioeconomic status in U.S. cities. Bruce holds a PhD in Geography and Environmental Science and Policy from the University of South Florida, School of Geosciences.
Caitie Rountree is NCRC’s Director of Membership and Events. She joined NCRC in 2011 after doing faith-based community organizing in Toledo, Ohio, with the DART Center. Caitie is responsible for growing NCRC’s membership and ensuring that NCRC members are equipped in their efforts to build wealth in their communities. She also oversees NCRC’s Just Economy Conference and statewide summits. Caitie lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she chairs the board of Urban Hope, an affordable housing organization serving the rapidly-gentrifying East End of Richmond. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary.