David Desai-Ramirez, Executive Director – Southern Region, is responsible for providing strategic leadership and management of operations, lending and consulting activities in Southern Illinois, Missouri and Kansas. Over the last three and a half years at IFF, David has worked on projects including early childhood center and K-12 expansion, fresh food access and nonprofit co-location. Prior to joining IFF in January 2015 David was the Senior Manager of Finance at The Desco Group, responsible for all portfolio finance functions including valuation, risk management, treasury and capitalization of the roughly $650M commercial real estate portfolio.
David is an active community volunteer including various boards / committees (City Garden Montessori, Gateway Center for Giving, WePower, COCA Associate Board, Nonprofit Missouri, Missouri Public Charter School Association and DeLaSalle Charter School in Kansas City) and previously served two years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for a child in in St. Louis County.
David has a B.S. in Bioengineering from Rice University, an M.B.A with a concentration in Finance from the Olin Business School at Washington University. David taught 8th grade math in Houston Independent School District for three years prior to graduate school, to this day this is one of his favorite career experiences.