12 different languages spoken. 8 countries of origin.
One goal – empower entrepreneurs.
DIRECTOR OF REAL ESTATE
Jeff oversees all NDC properties and has helped dozens of entrepreneurs open their food service businesses. He was deeply involved with the design and layout of the Midtown Global Market. His favorite food is seafood.
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS LAB
Isabel works closely with hundreds of small businesses, helping them solve problems and find new opportunities. She is a talented singer and loves movies and going to museums. She is also fluent in Spanish.
SENIOR SBA LOAN AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Denise is responsible for the development of the SBA Community Advantage loan program, and performs the full scope of loan origination, processing, closing and servicing. She loves fishing and boating.
BUILDING OPERATIONS MANAGER
Harvey manages all building needs for NDC and its properties including electrical, plumbing, HVAC, carpentry, remodeling and maintenance. Cool fact about Harvey is that he will eat almost anything including dried grasshoppers!
REAL ESTATE PROJECT DEVELOPER
Ben works with the real estate projects at NDC. He specializes in retail and restaurant business planning and works with many start-up and existing entrepreneurs to maximize profits. He loves to plays soccer.
REAL ESTATE ACCOUNTING MANAGER
Mary is a business advisor, project manager, accountant and bookkeeper. She handles the financial side of NDC's business incubators. Mary is from Kenya and is fluent in Swahili.
We believe in the unlimited potential of entrepreneurs to transform their neighborhoods.
EARLSWORTH (BABA) LETANG
Baba monitors the businesses at Midtown Global Market and their sales. He also oversees rent payments, leasing, and showing available spaces. He often craves cassava leaf recipes from West Africa.
LOAN OFFICER AND BUSINESS ADVISOR
Perla assists entrepreneurs to secure financing to start or grow their business. She provides one-on-one business advice to her loan clients. She is fluent in Spanish and loves gardening and photography.
TRAINING DIRECTOR AND CAO
Kathy oversees the training department and operations at NDC’s main office – from human resources to computer issues, she’s the go-to person. She believes, “It’s not what you got, it’s what you give.”
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS
Elisa oversees all NDC development and communications needs. She has worked in the development field since 2004 and has extensive expertise in donor development and event planning. She is also a professional actress.
MANAGER OF GRANTS AND DATA
Samir is responsible for all annual grant requests and reporting to foundations and corporations. To that end, Samir also tracks all NDC program outcomes and neighborhood impacts. He is also fluent in French and Arabic.
MIHAILO (MIKE) TEMALI
FOUNDER AND CEO
Mihailo (Mike) is the Founder and CEO of NDC, and as such oversees operations, governance and long-range planning. He is the son of immigrants and was raised on the East Side of St. Paul.
LOAN OFFICER AND BUSINESS ADVISOR
Bee helps entrepreneurs explore lending possibilities so they can start or expand their businesses. He analyzes reports and numbers to ensure their success. He can play the guitar and is fluent in Hmong.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
As the CFO, Teshite is responsible for managing the financial health and performance of NDC, and overseeing financial planning, reporting and annual auditing. He is also a trainer for our Oromo-speaking entrepreneur business class.
Director of Training
Lisa oversees the training department, turning her passion for helping underprivileged communities access trainings that enhance their business. She is born in Thailand and grew up on the East Side of St. Paul. During her off time, you can find her playing volleyball, on a motorcycle, or swimming with her kids.