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Executive Director

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Eric Zarnikow, Executive Director

Eric Zarnikow is a former Associate Administrator at the U.S. Small Business Administration, where he led the Office of Capital Access, responsible for all of the agency’s programs and operations concerning financial assistance to small businesses, 800 employees and a $90 billion loan and investment portfolio. Prior to his work with the SBA, Eric spent over 20 years in the private sector working for two Fortune 500 companies including The ServiceMaster Company where he attained the position of Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer and Treasurer. A CPA, Eric started his professional career at Deloitte. He is also Board Co-Chairman of a national 501(C) (3) not for profit organization. He received his bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and MBA from Drake University.

Executive Staff

Lynne Baker
Managing Director, Communications

Brian Begrowicz
Deputy Chief Financial Officer

Eduardo Brambila
Managing Director, Partnerships

Ramnath Cidambi
Managing Director, Information Technology

Carol Cook
Director, Program Services & Compliance

Kent Custer
Chief Investment Officer

Kishor Desai
Director, Internal Audit

Katharine Gricevich
Director, Government Relations

Sandra Houston
Director, College Illinois!® Prepaid Tuition Program

Susan Kleemann
Managing Director, Research, Planning & Policy Analysis

Jacqueline Moreno
Managing Director, College Access Initiatives

Shoba Nandhan
Chief Financial Officer

Karen Salas
General Counsel