Uncommon Expertise. Unmatched Impact.

Our Mission

At CPC, we believe that housing is central to transforming underserved neighborhoods into thriving and vibrant communities. That’s what we’re about: providing innovative capital solutions, fresh thinking, and a collaborative approach to the often complex challenges that owners and developers of multifamily housing face.

Our Approach

As a leading nonprofit affordable housing and community revitalization finance company, we utilize our deep, strategic relationships with government agencies, local community groups, banks, and other lenders to create customized loan opportunities for our customers. As a trusted partner in your success, we work hand-in-hand with you to help maximize the potential of your multifamily project and its impact on the community.

Our Story

CPC was formed in 1974 as a direct response to the is­sues of property abandonment and blight that New York City was facing at the time. Each year, between 20,000 and 30,000 rental units were being lost in to abandonment, fire, or demolition, and the City was taking ownership of hundreds of buildings through foreclosure and forfeiture.

In response to a 1972-73 study conducted by the New York City Clearing House, an association of com­mercial banks, and the banking community, led by David Rockefeller, stepped up with a pro­posal to address the problem. Perhaps, focusing a small amount of pooled capital on a few neighborhoods-namely Crown Heights in Brooklyn and Washington Heights in Manhattan—would improve building quality and people’s living conditions, and help pre­vent the blight in surrounding neighborhoods from de­stabilizing them. CPC was founded in 1974 to be a self-sustaining vehicle, a departure from many non­profits, which rely on regular injections of charita­ble support.

Today, CPC stands as the largest CDFI solely committed to investing in multifamily housing, having invested more than $11.9 billion to finance the creation and preservation of more than 220,000 units of quality housing in neighborhoods across New York State and beyond.

Our Values

At CPC, our values define who we are as an organization and guide the way we work with our partners, within our communities, and with each other.

  • We have a deep commitment to our mission. We work hard to create the best outcomes for our customers and communities, and we have fun doing it.
  • We respect, trust and empathize with others. We are supportive and responsive and value different perspectives. While we are diverse in backgrounds and skills, we are united by our values and our passion for bringing capital to underserved communities.
  • We strive for excellence in everything we do and aim to add measurable value to neighborhoods, customers, and the industry. We go the extra mile to find the right solution and deliver on our commitments.
  • We believe in accountability and operate with the highest standards of integrity and transparency. We communicate openly and honestly with our partners and each other.
  • We embrace collaboration. The connections we foster with our colleagues, customers, government partners, and other like-minded organizations are crucial to improving housing quality and making a positive impact on the physical, social, and economic infrastructure of communities.

Meet our team.


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CPC Operating Committee

The CPC Operating Committee is the primary internal management body responsible for driving CPC’s business objectives and strategic direction in support of our mission.  This Committee works in close collaboration with the Board of Directors to establish organizational priorities and identify ways to expand CPC’s impact in communities.

Rafael E. Cestero

Chief Executive Officer
Chair, Operating Committee

Sadie McKeown

Vice Chair, Operating Committee

Carolyn Au

Executive Vice President
Chief Operating Officer

John Cannon

President, CPC Mortgage Company

Richard A. Kumro

Executive Vice President
General Counsel & Secretary

David Rothberg

Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer

Wanda Chin

Senior Vice President
Chief Credit Officer

Jeff Ely

Senior Vice President

Lawrence Hammond

Senior Vice President
Director of ACCESS

Elizabeth Propp

Senior Vice President
Investments & Acquisitions

William C. Russo

Senior Vice President
Chief Investment Officer

Erin Burns-Maine

Chief of Staff
Vice President of Policy and Advocacy

Jaime Sharrock

Vice President
External Affairs

Field Office and Originations Leadership

Nicholas V. Petragnani, Jr.

Senior Vice President
Director of Upstate Revitalization

Andrew D’Agostino

Senior Vice President
Regional Director
Western New York

Doug Olcott

Senior Vice President
Regional Director
Hudson Valley, New York

Robert Riggs

Senior Vice President
Regional Director
New York City & Long Island

Timothy Deegan

Vice President
Head of HUD Originations and Production

Board of Directors

Bruce A. Beal, Jr.*

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Careers at CPC

The Recruiter will drive recruitment – from sourcing to offers – for a variety of positions at all levels across the business and maintain reports on the recruitment life cycle. This person will participate in various Human Resources departmental projects, as necessary.

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The Closings Analyst will work alongside CPC’s team of field offices to execute real estate construction closings for projects that support CPC’s mission of transforming underserved neighborhoods into thriving and vibrant communities.

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The Portfolio Administrator, Servicing will administer construction loan advances for a book of loans in connection with affordable housing projects financed by CPC and which support CPC’s mission of transforming underserved neighborhoods into thriving and vibrant communities.

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CPC has offices throughout NY State, and opportunities may become available for Mortgage Officers, Assistant Mortgage Officers, as well as support & clerical staff. If you have any questions, please contact Brenda Barnaby, Human Resources at 646-822-9327.

The Community Preservation Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all employment-related decisions including recruitment, selection, evaluation, promotion, compensation, training and termination are made without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, disability, marital status, status as a veteran, sexual orientation or gender identity, or any other protected status. CPC supports equal opportunity employment and understands that EEO is the law.