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Welcome Matt Reilein, NEF’s new CEO

Please join all of us at National Equity Fund as we welcome Matt Reilein as our new president and CEO. Today, Matt takes the helm from Joe Hagan, who is retiring after 19 years on the job and growing NEF’s investment activity to more than $1 billion annually.

Based in Chicago, Matt brings a tremendous depth of community development and impact investing experience to his new position, along with a clear vision for expanding NEF’s reach. Most recently, Matt was a managing director at Cresset Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm, where he steered the firm’s community development work and helped drive its rapidly emerging Opportunity Zone strategies.

Earlier, he was managing director and head of impact investing at O’Brien-Staley Partners and managing director with JP Morgan Chase, where he led more than $5 billion in New Markets Tax Credit investments and oversaw the bank’s community development intermediary lending business supporting LIHTC syndicators and CDFIs.

Matt dedicates his time to a variety of organizations focused on communities, the arts and education. He chairs the board of the Chicago Community Loan Fund and serves on the board of governors of Georgetown University, the Metropolitan Planning Council and Timeline Theater. He previously served on the executive committee of the New Markets Tax Credit Coalition and has been frequently involved with the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) at the US Department of the Treasury on market dynamics.

Matt is a remarkable addition to the NEF family. Look for more from him in the days and weeks to come!

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