E. Hamil Douglas is the President & CEO of Harlem Commonwealth Council where he oversees the daily operations of the firm. He is also the Managing Director of HCC’s investment vehicle, Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund (HEF). His responsibilities include loan origination, business development, loan underwriting, loan closings, and resource development.
Prior to joining HCC, Hamil worked for Archimedes Alpha, U.S. Trust – Bank of America Private Wealth Management, and ABN AMRO (RBS). His experience includes business development, investor relations, private wealth management and banking both domestic and internationally. Hamil holds an MBA from the University of Chicago - Booth School of Business.
Dr. Joseph Tait
Former President & CEO
Dr. Joseph L. Tait, a University of Pennsylvania-trained Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Harlem Commonwealth Council, Inc., its subsidiaries, and affiliates from September 2004 until September 2020, when he retired. Under Dr. Tait's leadership, Harlem Commonwealth Council initiated programs that focused on investing in the human capital of the Harlem community. Among its initiatives, Harlem Commonwealth emphasized fostering the success of students in Harlem through healthcare-related scholarships to those pursuing careers in medicine, radiology and nursing; orchestrating summer internships for high school juniors and seniors in private-sector business corporations; providing adult basic education for the emerging immigrant population in Harlem; and delivering entrepreneurial training programs as well as providing revolving loans and technical skills to existing and start-up businesses. His vision and goal have always focused on creating opportunities for human development and independence.
As an entrepreneur and CEO of a community-based organization he provided educational opportunities and resources for young people in the community who he feels should be a top priority. His passion for providing youth with guidance through mentorship, and desire to see all underserved youth in the community excel, continues to be a driving force in leading him to establish educational scholarship assistance for bright, talented, committed young people striving for academic excellence with strong connections to the Harlem community.
Dr. Tait contends that at the end of the day, it is not about what you have or even what you have accomplished….it is about who you’ve lifted up, who you have made better. It is about what you have given back. He would also like to impart the following quote, “As you grow older, you discover that you have two hands….one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” Use both well.
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.
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.
Director of Loan Fund and Portfolio Management,
Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund
Ericka is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional and the Loan and Portfolio Director at HEF. Ericka helped establish HEF during its early beginnings in 2007 and is responsible for loan origination, loan underwriting, loan closings, managing portfolio records and fund performance, financial transactions, collections, and compliance with state and federal regulations. With over 19 years of experience and 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. and is also a licensed Notary Public in the State of New York.
Director of NYC Business Solutions,
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.
Director & Senior Loan Officer,
Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund
Terri-Ann Smith is the Director & Senior Loan Officer at HEF and joined the team in February 2021. Terri-Ann has worked in the financial and banking industry for over 27+ years. She spent most of her career honing her skills in commercial and small business lending at TD Bank, where she held various positions from Portfolio Analyst, Portfolio Manager, to Relationship Manager. Most recently, Terri-Ann held positions as a Branch Manager at Investors Bank and Apple Bank, where she was responsible for initiating, maintaining, and building new depository and lending relationships. Additionally, she was responsible for mentoring and coaching the branch team. She has received various nominations and awards and most notably was one of the recipients of the 2019 Power Woman in Business Award.
Terri-Ann holds a B.S. in Psychology from Fordham University and an M.P.A. from Marist College. She has worked hard over the years in her professional and personal life to support not for profit efforts and currently serves as a board member of the Chinatown YMCA. Terri-Ann is also a licensed Notary Public in the State of New York.
Impact & Evaluation Manager
Eliza is responsible for collating, analyzing and communicating the impact of HCC’s and related companies’ programming on the community. She has extensive experience in program and grant management, program evaluation, and event planning. In addition, Ms. Phillips has a deep passion for helping the community and has been engaged in the nonprofit space in NYC since 2014. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Colby College.