Who We Are

John F. Kennedy, Chair

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.

Erica Dobreff, President

Erica has 40 years of experience in community development and affordable housing.  Formerly a manager with the U.S. Dept. of HUD and Executive Director of Missouri’s Housing Finance Agency (Missouri Housing Development Commission), she has worked with many of the wide range of housing and community development entities throughout Missouri and has broad knowledge of the Target Market.  She is well equipped to work with all programs, clients and communities served by Gateway.

Colleen K. Hafner, Vice President

Colleen has over 10 years of experience in affordable housing and public policy.  With a background in asset management and affordable housing oversight, she received her Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.  Colleen is the primary point of contact for new loan originations at Gateway, and assists in staffing many of the organization’s development services contracts. As a board member for two St. Louis area Community Development Corporations and the St. Louis Community Builders Network, Colleen brings her expertise to the organizations directly serving the needs and strengthening low and moderate income communities in the St. Louis region.

Consultants to Gateway

Although not on the Gateway staff, John WuestJoseph 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.

We thank Gateway CDFI for collaborating with us on the Lemay Development Corp. urban planning project. Gateway was knowledgeable, professional, and engaging.

Jeff Mugg - Vice President, St. Louis Design Alliance Architects