Jacob Singer, PhD

PRESIDENT & CEO

Jacob joined Main Street Launch after a career in real estate development, venture finance, and economic development, and is responsible for developing the organization to achieve greater impact. Learn More >>

Scott Lewis

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Scott Supervises the Finance and Accounting Unit and reports directly to and advises the CEO on strategic and tactical matters as they relate to budget management and cost benefit analysis, forecasting and the securing of new funding. Learn More >>

Jen Leybovich

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT – STRATEGY & DEVELOPMENT

Jen’s role at Main Street Launch includes fundraising, partnerships, impact assessment, and organizational development and strategy. Prior to joining the organization… Learn More >>

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Rachel Aoanan

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT – LOAN CLOSING & COMPLIANCE

Rachel Aoanan serves as Main Street Launch’s Loan Closing & Servicing Specialist. She has an entrepreneurial background establishing a sole-proprietary business and educational… Learn More >>

Robert Lattimore

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT – DIVERSE MARKETS

Robert’s responsibilities include developing strategic partnerships and providing access to capital for African American entrepreneurs in the Bay Area. He joined Main Street Launch after serving as COO of both AnewAmerica Community…  Learn More >>

Darius Mahajer

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LENDING DIRECTOR
VETERAN LAUNCH

Darius relocated to San Diego to replicate his work and serve veteran, active duty and military spouse business owners, in Southern California, under Main Street Launch’s program – Veteran Launch. Darius is currently working with… Learn More >>

Flor Melara

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT – RELATIONSHIP MANAGER
Flor manages Oakland Launch’s lending department. She specializes in client development, loan packaging, and establishing strategic alliances with community partners. Learn More >>

Joyce Windross

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT – OPERATIONS
As Senior Vice President of Operations, Joyce Windross is responsible for reporting, grant writing, administration, salesforce system integration and development, as well as projects and cross-training on operating software. Learn More >>

Karla De Leon

VICE PRESIDENT – ECONOMIC & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Karla supports our continued work in Oakland through client service and partnerships.  She is passionate about small business and economic development.  Learn More >>

Kathia Kacic

VICE PRESIDENT – LOAN CLOSING & COMPLIANCE
Kathia Kacic is an experienced loan servicer and is responsible for servicing the entire Main Street Launch portfolio. As a part of her role, Kathia tracks payments and delinquencies… Learn More >>

Jackie Maxwell

VICE PRESIDENT – ACCOUNTING / CONTROLLER

As the Vice President – Accounting / Controller, Jackie is responsible for directing all of the accounting functions of the organization in accordance with industry standards, regulatory agencies and Main Street Launch’s objectives and policies. Learn More >>

Mike McGrane

VICE PRESIDENT – NORTHERN CALIFORNIA LENDING DIRECTOR, VETERAN LAUNCH

Mike McGrane is the Lending Director of Veteran Launch in the Sacramento area. His duties are mainly as a Business Development Officer and Underwriter. Learn More >>

Katie Taylor

VICE PRESIDENT – MARKETING & EXECUTIVE PROJECTS
Katie Taylor is currently responsible for marketing, impact evaluation, and other strategic projects at Main Street Launch. Learn More >>

Guillermo Barajas

ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT – ACCOUNTING
Guillermo joined our team as an intern in Impact Evaluation. He now supports the finance and compliance team. This work includes supporting the loan closing process, tracking organizational financial performance… Learn More >>

Adrian Gomez Zavala

ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT – RELATIONSHIP MANAGER
For the past 8 years Adrian has been building strong and lasting relationships with entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout the Bay Area. Learn More >>

Karolyn Wong

ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT – SAN FRANCISCO RELATIONSHIP MANAGER
Karolyn Wong supports key initiatives for Main Street Launch, including the City of San Francisco’s Invest in Neighborhoods initiative in Chinatown. Karolyn works with the City…  Learn More >>

Kelly Baker

DATA & ONLINE CONTENT MANAGER
Kelly’s work at Main Street Launch supports the development and expansion of Shop Oakland Now and Shop Chinatown small business directories. She became passionate about sharing the unique stories of small businesses…  Learn More >>

Diane Lewis

BUSINESS OUTREACH MANAGER
Diane rejoins Main Street Launch as Business Outreach Manager, part of the Merchant Directory outreach team.  Diane’s work is concentrated in District 7, deep East Oakland neighborhoods…  Learn More >>

Joshua Marquez

PROGRAM MANAGER – VETERAN LAUNCH
Joshua rejoins the Veteran Launch team as Program Manager where he is responsible for conceiving, organizing, promoting, and implementing effective programmatic initiatives within Veteran Launch.  Learn More >>

Andrea Ramirez

BUSINESS OUTREACH MANAGER
Andrea’s responsibilities as Business Outreach Manager include inputting, cleaning, and analyzing data including commercial rents, commercial vacancies, merchant products and locations, and consumer demographics in key business corridors.  Learn More >>

Yaowen Shi

BUSINESS OUTREACH MANAGER
Yaowen supports business outreach and relationship building in San Francisco by providing one-on-one marketing support and business development support for small business owners. Yaowen also works… Learn More >>

Brooke Solomon

LOAN CLOSING MANAGER
As Loan Closing Manager, Brooke supports our lending work, supporting our clients by getting their loans funded and ensuring compliance. She recently… Learn More >>

Prabh Nijjar

DATA ANALYST
Prabh Nijjar joined Main Street Launch as Data Analyst in January 2017 after completing her BA in Economics at UC Davis.  As Data Analyst, Prabh is responsible for validating reporting data in Salesforce… Learn More >>

Bruce Jobson

HUMAN RESOURCES
Bruce is responsible for the Human Resources functions at Main Street Launch. His passion is supporting small to mid-sized business to help them maximize their organizational and financial results through alignment of HR strategy, leadership, talent, and processes. Learn More >>

Ryan Zhou

INTERN – BUSINESS OUTREACH

As a Business Outreach Intern, Ryan supports Main Street Launch’s efforts to develop online business directory for all small businesses operating in Oakland’s Chinatown. He is responsible for….  Learn More >>