Staff and Board of Directors
Juan Aguilar
Executive Director
Board of Directors
Candi Jaeger (President)
Prosperity Center Director
The Prosperity Center, a division of Opportunities Industrialization Center
Candi Jaeger is Director of The Prosperity Center, a division of Opportunities Industrialization Center of Washington. Candi has a background in Business, Insurance and Education. She spear-headed the development of The Prosperity Center and it's Microenterprise Development Organization (MDO). Ms. Jaeger is seasoned in asset development activities such as: MDO's, Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), Homebuyers Education, Credit Counseling, Budgeting, Money Management, "Starting Your Own Business" Workshops, Micro loan Funds, and facilitates a Business Mentor Program. Candi sits on the Board of Directors for the Washington State Microenterprise Association and is Vice-President of the Moses Lake Business Association.
Jim Keogh
Economic Analyst
Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner
Jim Keogh is the economic analyst in the policy division of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner. Prior to this position Jim had a 20 year career in the Economic Development Division of the state Department of Community Trade and Economic Development−with eight years as a managing director of Grants and Loans Services Unit and twelve years serving either as the Business Retention and Expansion specialist for the state or as manager of the Employer Ownership Program. Jim was one of the first in his department to gain certification as a Certified Economic Development Professional (IEDC) and he also holds a National Development Council certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional. Prior to joining CTED in 1987, Jim was a manager at Group Health Cooperative for seven years and worked in neighborhood development for five years.
Jim Thomas
Chief Executive Officer
Community Capital Development, Seattle, WA
Jim is an economic developer with a background as a commercial loan officer. His 18-year banking career led him through several banks including Rainier National Bank, Security Pacific Bank, Emerald City Bank and Key Bank. In 1993, Jim and a business partner formed Parker & Thomas, Inc. a financial management and consulting firm managing loan funds for municipalities. In 1996, Jim began the research to establish Community Capital Development, which opened for business in August 1997 and has since exceeded all loan and job growth targets. Jim earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Business Administration from the University of Washington. He serves as an officer and member of the board for several community organizations. He believes strongly in business assistance tools for economic development that provide people with the opportunity to develop and grow their entrepreneurial skills and abilities.
Lisa Smith
Executive Director
Enterprise for Equity, Olympia WA
Lisa Smith has worked as the Executive Director of Enterprise for Equity, a non-profit in Olympia, WA since 2000. Enterprise for Equity helps people with limited incomes start and sustain small businesses in the South Puget Sound region. This microenterprise development organization specializes in comprehensive business training, technical assistance, micro-loans, financial education workshops and seminars for entrepreneurs in Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Pacific and Grays Harbor Counties. Enterprise for Equity has launched an increasing number of successful green enterprises in the region. Lisa brings 17 years of experience working with business, academic, legislative, environmental, tribal and non-profit interests. In addition to her work accomplishments, Lisa has had her research and/or writing published in "Consumer Reports," "Scholastic Magazine," and the "American Journal of Public Health."
Michael Fait (Vice President & Treasurer)
Vice President Community Development Bank
Key Bank
Mike moved from Ohio to Washington in 2005 and began work as Director of Community Services for the Tacoma Housing Authority (THA). There he provided program and strategic direction in educational, employment, asset building, and case management programs serving over 1,200 public housing and 3,500 Section 8 households. While serving at THA, he started the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, now the largest VITA in Pierce County; served as a steering committee member on the new Pierce County Asset Building Coalition; secured the first ever private foundation award for THA from the Washington Family Fund totaling $400,000 with a matching grant of $500,000 from the Gates Foundation. Before moving to WA he worked for 15 years as a social worker and director with the nationally recognized Cleveland Housing Network where he directed self-sufficiency programs for 2,000 households including employment programs for low to moderate income populations. He received his master degree in Social Service Administration from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences/Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He is currently a Vice President in KeyBank’s Community Development Bank where he is responsible for Community Reinvestment compliance in the state of WA for the bank. Mike has served on several boards throughout his career in both Ohio and WA. He currently serves on the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound and the White Center Community Development Association.
Janice Fejarang (Secretary)
Vice President Commercial Officer/Relationship Manager
Foundation Bank
Janice spent three years as a micro-business banker with a major national bank. She has served on community boards for eight years. Janice was raised in Federal Way, WA. Some of her background includes Experience in marketing, sales, banking and management. She has extensive training in communications and concepts at an organizational level. Janice has a strong history in sales and business development. She is successful at evaluation and review of financial data and is experienced at structuring financial services to meet client needs. She has experience with international accounts and variuos cultural groups, with a strong background in management both as a leader and operationally. Janice holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Leadership from the University of Puget Sound.