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.

E. Hamil Douglas, Chief Operating Officer / Managing Director of HEF

E. Hamil Douglas is the Chief Operating Officer 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.


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.

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

Ericka is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional and the Loan and Portfolio Manager 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.

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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