CAAB

Investing in People, Strengthening Communities

Board Members

CAAB's Board of Directors

President:   Lee Davenport
Secretary:   Leigh Tivol
Treasurer:   Nancy Register

Robert Burns

Robert Burns is an entrepreneurial leader with more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, community development, and state and local affairs. Robert currently serves as Senior Vice President in the Greater Washington market for Citi Community Development where he leads Citi’s commitment to achieving financial inclusion and economic empowerment for underserved individuals, families and communities. As the Greater Washington Market Manager, Robert oversees community development activities with nonprofit and public agencies across DC, Maryland and Virginia to expand access to financial products and services, create sustainable business solutions and build more inclusive cities to improve opportunity for all – including those in low and moderate income neighborhoods and communities of color. 

Previously, Robert served as Executive Director for City First Enterprises and Homes, a CDFI and affordable housing organization in Washington DC. Robert also served as Director of Field Operations for NeighborWorks America in its Washington, DC headquarters where he supervised five regional offices across the country and provided resources, training and technical assistance to the NeighborWorks Network.  He also helped create and led the local government solutions division for national non-profit, IBTS.

Robert served in city management and previously worked in local government in Missouri, Kansas, South Carolina and North Carolina. Robert is a 1988 Truman Scholar from North Carolina and remains active within the Truman Foundation and currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Foundation. He has served on the Board of Managers for the YMCA of Greater St. Louis, the Board of Directors for the North Area Cable Television Association in St. Louis, and the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Area Insurance Trust. 

He serves as President of the Board of the Grounded Solutions Network, a national non-profit working to build strong communities from the ground up. He also serves as Vice President for the Alexandria Housing Corporation Board of Directors, Chairman of the Common Area Committee for his homeowner’s association and on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Community Development Corporation. For the past three years, Robert has taught community development and housing courses for Virginia Tech University.

Robert received his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Kansas and his Bachelors degree in Political Science from Appalachian State University.   

Lee Davenport

President of the Board 

Lee Davenport is Director of Community Development at US Ignite. He works across the nonprofit, private and municipal sectors promoting the smart city movement to pursue social and economic opportunity. Lee helps communities manage the network infrastructure and application development challenges of their smart city initiatives, while also connecting communities to funding resources and critical operational expertise. He has expertise in program design, multi-partner program development, communications, implementation, and evaluation strategies. Lee has served as Vice President, Programs at One Economy Corporation, leading a national effort for digital literacy and broadband adoption, and managed the nation’s largest free low-income tax preparation network at the Food Bank of New York City. 

Lee has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in Urban Policy/Nonprofit Management from the New School for Public Engagement in New York City.   

Joshua Fowkes

Josh Fowkes is a partner in the Litigation Group. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, particularly contract actions, fraud, breach of fiduciary duties and other business torts, intra-company disputes and business divorce claims involving partnerships, LLCs and closely-held corporations, employment claims, and derivative and class action claims. He has also counseled clients on First Amendment issues and commercial free speech matters. Josh has represented entrepreneurs, privately-held companies, and public companies across various industries, including real estate, investment banking, retail banks, private equity, health care, manufacturing, intellectual property, financial services, food and drug, and government contracting. Josh has significant experience representing foreign companies from Asia, Europe, and South America in litigation in the US. Along the way, he advises clients about the risks and costs of litigation. Josh has also completed internal investigations on behalf of clients.

As co-founder and co-chair of Arent Fox’s electronic discovery taskforce, Josh has led several presentations on various electronic discovery issues and has served on the editorial board of a prominent electronic discovery publication. His knowledge in this important subject enables him to efficiently manage discovery and reduce discovery costs.

Robert Kirkland II

Robert Kirkland II is currently a a Sr. Home Lending Advisor for JPMorgan Chase & Co., where he is supporting the firm’s local expansion into the DC Metropolitan Region. He has over 14 years of experience in residential mortgage lending. Since joining the firm, he has been tasked to help expand its low to moderate lending activities and community outreach. As part of the initial expansion, he will be supporting the Retail Bank Branches located in Wards 7 and 8 in the District of Columbia.  

Robert received his Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Towson University. Since graduating from Towson University, he has spent his entire professional career servicing clients through mortgage lending. Robert is passionate about financial wellness, particularly for young adults, and he strives to educate and encourage them to wealth through home ownership. Over the years, Robert has helped hundreds of new home buyers realize their dreams of owning a home and takes pride in guiding individuals at all stages through the home buying process with honesty and integrity. 

Nancy Register

Treasurer of the Board and Chair of the Finance Committee

Nancy Register is a national leader in the savings and financial well-being community. Now retired from the Consumer Federation of America where she served as the Associate Director and led the America Saves campaign, she continues to be interested and active in the financial capability of low-to-moderate income households across the country. In 2001, she was one of 20 community leaders honored with a community leadership award given by Levi Strauss and the Washington Post. She received the UPN 2000 Women of the Year Award and is a 1992 graduate of Leadership Washington. In addition to being a past-President and serving on the board of Bright Beginnings, an early childhood education center for children of homeless families in Washington, DC, she is the past-President of the District of Columbia Library Foundation Board and the Junior League of Washington.

William (Bill) Spinnell  

Bill Spinnell is a Treasury Solutions Officer in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Specialized Industries group.  He is responsible for the delivery of treasury management and revenue cycle solutions focusing on clients in the healthcare, higher education and not-for-profit industries in the Washington, DC and Central Virginia markets. Bill has a proven track record in customizing solutions to meet the client’s needs.  Bill has been with Bank of America since 2004. Prior to joining the bank, Bill started his professional career with Nestlé, USA as a National Account Manager. 

Bill is a graduate of the University of Washington and earned his degree in Economics.  He attained his MBA with a focus on International Marketing from the University of Maryland, University College.  He is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and active and longtime member of the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) and Healthcare Finance Management Association (HFMA).

Leigh Tivol 

Secretary of the Board and Chair of the Program Committee

Leigh Tivol has spent her entire career in the asset-building field, and has more than twenty years of policy and program experience in financial capability, affordable housing and community development. She has worked in a range of settings, including direct service delivery, statewide policy advocacy, association services and technical assistance to community organizations, state government and, since 2006, at Prosperity Now.

Currently, Leigh is Prosperity Now's Vice President for Strategy & Engagement, providing design, oversight, and functional direction for Prosperity Now's progress against its strategic plan and its engagement with key partners and the field at large to accomplish its mission-related goals. She also oversees Prosperity Now's efforts in network building and development, communications, and major events.

Previously, Leigh served as Prosperity Now's Director of Savings & Financial Security, managing Prosperity Now's work in financial capability and matched savings for adults and children. Prior to joining Prosperity Now, Ms. Tivol was an advocate for community development and affordable housing policy in Indiana. She worked in the public and nonprofit sectors, focusing primarily on Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), homeownership education and counseling, housing trust funds and predatory mortgage lending.

Ms. Tivol holds Bachelor's degrees in Sociology and French from Brown University, and a Master's in Public Affairs from Indiana University.

Justin Vélez-Hagan

Justin Vélez-Hagan is an economic policy analyst, appointed researcher at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, adjunct professor of economics, founder and president of The National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce, and author.   

Mr. Vélez-Hagan most recently wrote The Common Sense behind Basic Economics (Lexington Books, 2015), but also contributes to academic and national news publications including Forbes, Fox NewsPoliticoThe Hill, among others while also appearing on Fox NewsBBC World News, and Fox Business Network to discuss contemporary economic policy issues.  He also serves on several national organization’s boards to enhance economic opportunities in under-resourced and military veteran communities.  

Vélez-Hagan received his BS in Finance from the University of Louisville, an MBA from Arizona State University, and will complete his PhD in Macroeconomic Policy at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County in 2017.  Vélez-Hagan is a combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.  

Manley Williams

Manley Williams counsels clients on the legal issues arising throughout the life cycle of their credit products  from design and marketing, to credit applications periodic statements, and promotions, changes in terms, account closures, and collections.

A Partner in the Washington, DC office of Buckley Sandler LLP, Ms. Williams has extensive experience working with clients to develop credit programs, simplify credit agreements, adapt procedures for online and mobile environments, and implement, improve, and amend customer rewards programs. Ms. Williams helps companies sell their products over time, whether traditional banks with credit cards, online lenders with installment loans, startups with charge cards, or merchants with installment plans. She helps companies navigate the federal and state law governing credit, licensing, prohibitions on unfair deceptive and abusive acts and practices, limitations on lending to the military, and compliance with antidiscrimination laws.

She helps institutions evaluate fair lending issues in judgmental underwriting, advises financial institutions where to locate their card issuing banks to benefit from state laws on the exportation of interest rates, and assists merchants and emerging companies with implementing their credit programs. Ms. Williams assists lenders revise and refine key operational processes, disclosures, and customer agreements necessitated by changing legal standards. She also conducts training for in-house counsel on legal developments in the credit card industry, including compliance with emerging Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Acts or Practices (UDAAP) standards.

Before joining Buckley Sandler, Ms. Williams was Counsel with Wilmer Cutler Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP, and prior to that she was a staff attorney at the Federal Reserve Board’s (FRB) Legal Division and Division of Consumer and Community Affairs, where she advised financial institutions on compliance with regulations including Regulations Z (Truth in Lending Act (TILA)), B (Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA)), E (Electronic Fund Transfer (EFTs)), and CC (Availability of Funds and Collection of Checks).

Ms. Williams received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Stanford University. She organizes and hosts Card Roundtables where industry leaders discuss emerging issues in a congenial environment. She has a particular interest in financial literacy, and is a frequent presenter at public schools in the greater DC area, instructing students and teachers in understanding and using credit and debit cards, mobile phone plans, and other common consumer credit vehicles.



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