Momentus Capital’s mission-focused leadership team and board of directors bring decades of experience supporting community and economic development across the country. Their experience spans community development, capital deployment, small business, policy and impact investing.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ellis Carr is the President and CEO of Capital Impact Partners and CDC Small Business Finance. Operating under the Momentus Capital brand, Capital Impact, CDC Small Business, and their affiliates, including Ventures Lending Technologies, came together in 2021 through an innovative business combination under a common mission-driven strategy and management team. Together, these organizations help build inclusive and equitable communities by providing people access to the capital and opportunities they deserve. Momentus Capital-branded companies provide financial, knowledge, and social capital to small business, affordable housing developments, and other projects that build wealth and strengthen communities. In 2023, the Momentus Capital brand expanded with the launch of Momentus Securities, a FINRA-member broker/dealer. Currently, Momentus Capital-branded companies manage nearly $3 billion in assets.
Ellis has over 20 years of experience in the for-profit and nonprofit financial sectors. He became President & CEO of CDC Small Business in 2021 and has served as the President & CEO of Capital Impact since 2016, originally joining Capital Impact as CFO in 2012. Prior to Capital Impact, Ellis held various positions in the investments, capital markets, strategy, and corporate finance areas within Freddie Mac, and in fixed-income fund management both domestically and abroad at Deutsche Bank.
The son of two DC public school teachers, Ellis grew up in a household in which community service was a core pillar. In addition to his work leading Momentus Capital, he is an Aspen Institute Finance Leader Fellow and sits on the boards of the Marguerite Casey Foundation (MCF), Expanding Black Business Credit (EBBC) and the Housing Partnership Network, as well as Morgan Stanley’s Community Development Advisory Board.
Ellis has been recognized among the “Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company, and has received multiple awards from the Washington Business Journal, including a spot on the 2023 “Power 100 List” and 2022’s “Nonprofit Leader of the Year.” Under his leadership, Capital Impact and CDC Small Business were both named among the Top Nonprofits to Work For in 2022 by the NonProfit Times. Ellis graduated from Towson University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and from Georgetown University with a master’s degree in Real Estate with a concentration in Finance. Ellis lives in the DC region with his family.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Kimberly Dorsett is responsible for developing and executing Momentus Capital’s human resource strategy in support of the overall business plan and strategic direction of the organization. This includes overseeing areas of succession planning, talent acquisition, organizational and performance management, training and development, compensation and benefits administration, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Dorsett has served as Capital Impact’s CHRO since 2020 and joined CDC Small Business Finance in this same capacity in 2021. She has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services and construction industries. Prior to joining Capital Impact in 2016, first as a Director and then as Senior Director in 2018, she was the Human Resources Director for Federal Home Loan Banks – Office of Finance.
Dorsett graduated from Bethune-Cookman University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and from Marymount University with a master’s degree in Management.
Chief Technology Officer
Karla Gill is responsible for enabling our Momentus Capital mission through next-generation technology strategy and delivery. In her role advancing outcomes for our communities and our enterprise, she leads Ventures Lending Technologies, Enterprise IT, Data Analytics and Project Management. Karla brings 30 years of experience with both for-profit and nonprofit organizations and management consulting spanning the financial services, hospitality, and telecommunications industries. She served as Chief Information & Innovation Officer at MissionSquare Retirement leading digital transformation and previously held IT Vice President roles at Marriott International pioneering emerging technologies. Karla earned her Master of Science in Information Systems and her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Virginia Tech. She serves on the Capitol CIO Advisory Board and Virginia Tech Computer Science and Business Information Technology Advisory Boards.
Chief Financial Officer
Natalie Nickens Gunn is responsible for formulating and executing Momentus Capital’s financial road map, capital base expansion, and investor relations. Gunn also manages the overall direction for accounting, tax, audit, treasury, and financial planning and analysis. Gunn has served as Capital Impact’s CFO since 2016 and joined CDC Small Business Finance in this same capacity in 2021. Gunn has corporate financing and accounting experience across the public and private sectors, including serving as Capital Impact’s Controller before stepping into the CFO position. In 2020, the Washington Business Journal named her to their “Women Who Mean Business” List honoring the region’s most influential businesswomen.
Prior to joining Capital Impact, she held senior positions at the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae), National Cooperative Bank, N.A. (NCB), Capital Automotive REIT, Host Hotels and Resorts and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Gunn is a Certified Public Accountant, graduated magna cum laude from Hampton University with a degree in accounting, and serves on the Board for Pathways to Housing D.C.
General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary
Brian McEvoy is responsible for Momentus Capital’s legal and compliance functions. McEvoy has served as Capital Impact’s General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Corporate Secretary since 2021 and has since joined CDC Small Business Finance in this same capacity. He has significant experience in the commercial, multifamily/housing, real estate, and finance sectors, including broad experience in commercial lending and structured finance, equity, securitization, policy and strategy, product and platform development, risk management, operations, regulatory and compliance. Most recently he was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Multifamily Legal at Fannie Mae. Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Brian was in private practice in large, national law firms.
McEvoy graduated summa cum laude from Towson University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management, with dual concentrations in Finance and Marketing. He graduated with honors from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where he received a Juris Doctor.
Chief Operations Officer
Matt Wehland is responsible for Momentus Capital’s business operations strategy and execution. This includes Lending Operations, Investor Reporting & Compliance, Portfolio Management, Credit, Innovation Lab and Facilities Management. Wehland joined Capital Impact Partners in 2019 and served as the Senior Director of Lending Operations prior to assuming the role of COO in 2022. He has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Capital Impact Partners, he served as Senior Vice President at both Capital One and National Cooperative Bank. Wehland graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Political Science. He currently serves as a board member for the National Cooperative Business Association | CLUSA International.
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