Dr. Joseph Tait, President and CEO

Serving on the Board of Directors since 1972, Dr. Tait assumed the presidency of the Harlem Commonwealth Group from September 2004 until his retirement in April 2016.

During his tenure, his vision for the future of the Harlem Commonwealth Group sparked and promoted sustainable economic development opportunities, which benefited countless Harlem residents.

Acutely aware of the challenging socio-economic conditions community residents continue to endure, he specifically focused on implementing economic development initiatives that evolved from making numerous NYC real estate holdings profitable to structuring programs to meet the demand for quality education choices.

Educational choices, such as creating HCC’s After School Program, Arches Transformative Mentoring, and Adult Literacy Program, designed to give community residents appropriate tools to grow personally and professionally, have and continue to be measurably impactful in creating positive socio-economic change.

Above all, Dr. Tait sought to improve the lives of young people in the community who he feels should be a top priority. His passion for providing underserved youth with guidance through mentorship, and desire to see all underserved youth in the community excel, led him to establish a healthcare-related educational scholarship assistance fund and internships for bright, talented, committed young people striving for academic excellence with strong connections to the Harlem community. Dr. Tait received his VMD in 1968 from the University of Pennsylvania.

Tameika Halliman, Director of Operations

Tameika is responsible for HCC’s strategic human resources activities, including workforce development and organization effectiveness, staffing, benefits and compensation, information management, and HR processes. She leads HCC’s efforts to attract, develop, and retain the talent necessary for HCC to serve the community. She is also the executive assistant to the president. Tameika holds an M.S. in Human Resource Management from Mercy College.

Suzanne Hurley, Senior Director of Program Management

Suzanne serves as HCC’s Senior Director of Program Management. With over a decade of experience in community development and sponsored programming, she leads the direction of HCC’s education and mentoring programs serving youths and adults. Suzanne also establishes contract compliance guidelines and budgets as the point of contact for all compliance matters and is the HCC Board liaison. Suzanne holds a degree in Psychology from Brooklyn College.

Lloyd Doaman, Director of Lending, Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund

Lloyd is the Director of Lending at Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund. In his role, Lloyd is responsible for strategic management, underwriting, product management, business development, and portfolio risk management. Lloyd has over 14 years of banking, underwriting, portfolio management, and project management experience. Before joining HEF, Lloyd worked for the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), TruFund Financial Services, Inc. (TFS), National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, and JPMorgan Asset Management. Lloyd graduated magna cum laude from Seton Hall University with a B.S. in Finance and is active in community development and entrepreneurship through his real estate development company.

Ericka Powell-Sinclair, Loan and Portfolio Manager, Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund

Ericka is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) and the Loan and Portfolio Manager for the Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund (HEF). Ericka is responsible for loan origination, loan underwriting, loan closings, portfolio records management, fund performance, state and federal regulations compliance, financial transactions, and collections. 

Additionally, she provides financial assistance to small, locally established businesses looking to sustain and grow. With an understanding of the common challenges entrepreneurs face when starting a business, Ericka has been a resource to those looking to navigate business obstacles. Ericka graduated Summa Cum Laude from Monroe College where she earned an M.B.A. Ericka is also a licensed Notary Public in the State of New York.

Christian Damiba, Director of NYC Business Solutions of Upper Manhattan and Washington Heights Centers

Christian is the Director of NYC Business Solutions overseeing the operations of the Harlem and Washington Heights Centers. He brings over 15 years’ experience in business development, project, program, and portfolio management, as well as technology management leadership to the role. Christian holds an MBA from Adelphi University, is a Project Management Professional (PMP), and Six Sigma Green Belt Certified.

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