As Executive Director for Chicago, Ms. Lakes-Battle oversees IFF’s full-range of services in the Chicagoland area, including lending, real estate consulting, and community strategies program operations.
Ms. Lakes-Battle joined IFF in 2014 as Director of Lending for Northern Illinois and the Chicago metro area. In that role, she was responsible for originating, evaluating, and underwriting loan applications, executing regional business development strategies, maintaining visibility in our market, and managing relationships with nonprofits and other partners.
Previously, she was vice president of a national CDFI where she was responsible for several New Markets Tax Credit investments. She has more than 25 years of experience in commercial banking, lending, and management with Chicago-area community and CDFI banks.
Ms. Lakes-Battle has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Chicago State University.