Who We Are

John F. Kennedy, Chair and President

John joined St. Louis Equity Fund, Inc.  in 1998, and prior to being named President and CEO in June of 2015, was responsible for all financial accounting, financial reporting, year-end tax reporting and reporting to investors.  As President and CEO, John is responsible for the complete oversight and business development of the St. Louis Equity Fund, Inc. and its related affiliates, Kansas City Equity Fund, LLC and Gateway Community Development Fund, Inc.

John is an independent, public interest director on the board of directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines. Other boards on which John serves or has served include the Northside Community Housing, Inc. and DeSales Community Housing Corporation, both St. Louis housing development organizations, in addition to serving on the board of directors of St. Louis Equity Fund, Inc. and Gateway Community Development Fund, Inc.

Jaycee Greene, Director of Lending

Jaycee Greene joined Gateway in May 2018 and is primarily responsible for business development and loan origination, as well as marketing Gateway’s participation loan funds.

Before joining SLEFI, Jaycee was most recently the Director of Business Development for Denali CFO Solutions, a boutique consulting firm that provides outsourced CFO services primarily to small to mid-sized businesses.  Prior to Denali and during his 15+ year banking career, Jaycee was a Community Commercial banker with Associated Bank and a National Correspondent banker with U.S. Bank.  Jaycee started in banking career in the Management Training program at Mercantile Bank NA (now U.S. Bank).

Consultants to Gateway

Although not on the Gateway staff, Erica Dobreff, Joseph Cavato and Jerry Burka are consultants to the organization and provide expertise in lending, business development and technical and development services to our clients. As is true of the staff, they are familiar with Gateway’s current and potential clients and borrowers.

Had it not been for the receipt of this funding, we simply would not have been able to begin our project.

Margaret May - Executive Director, Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council