JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Meet the Executive Director/Executive Staff/Responsibilities

Executive Director


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

Eduardo Brambila
Managing Director, Capacity Development

Ramnath Cidambi
Managing Director, Information Technology

Carol Cook
Managing Director, Program Services & Compliance

Kishor Desai
Chief Internal Auditor

Katharine Gricevich
Director, Government Relations

Carmen Heredia-Lopez
Chief Investment Officer

Shana Rogers
Managing Director, Research, Planning & Policy Analysis

Jacqueline Moreno
Managing Director, College Access Initiatives

Shoba Nandhan
Chief Financial Officer

Karen Salas
General Counsel