Catalyst Community Capital, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) with a mission to create jobs and improve the lives of those living in low- and moderate-income communities and under-served populations
Catalyst supports economic growth and revitalizes low-income communities by increasing the flow of capital to small businesses and mission-driven developers and organizations. The Catalyst team brings together a deep understanding of finance, business acumen, and a host of other resources to address economic and social issues.
"At the core of our mission is the belief that everyone should have access to the resources needed to improve their quality of life. We strive to empower and support the entrepreneurial spirit and those who embody it." -Joseph Bonora, President & CEO
Our mission is to promote community and economic development by providing flexible financial products and technical assistance to small businesses and mission-aligned organizations in order to strengthen the social and economic fabric of low income and under-served communities.
Our vision is a nation that offers equal access to opportunity. Our goal is to build an organization that fuels that vision by creating new and innovative ways to deliver capital and opportunities to low- and moderate-income communities and under-served populations.
Catalyst is led by a team seasoned professionals with a decades of experience and broad expertise in the fields of structured finance, government funding programs, and real estate investment and development. The team collaborates and works cohesively, leveraging the specific set of skills and knowledge of each member in an environment that encourages and fosters innovative thinking and creative problem-solving.
Joseph Bonora is the founder and President and CEO of Catalyst Community Capital, Inc. Joe has over 20 years of experience in real estate finance and development, and is responsible for the strategic direction of the company. He is particularly well versed in government funding programs, including state and federal tax credits, tax increment financing, and public private partnerships, and is well known within the industry for his ability to create innovative new ways to finance transactions.
Prior to forming Catalyst, Joe was the co-founder and Managing Director of Aileron Investment Management, a national specialty finance firm focused on government guaranteed loan programs, and developer of multifamily, senior housing and mixed-use properties. From the time he formed the company in 2010 until 2018, Joe led Aileron in providing in excess of $550 million in funding to small business owners nationwide, and developed over $200 million in multifamily and commercial real estate.
President & CEO
Michael Maguire is Catalyst Community Capital's Chief Operating Officer, responsible for management of the company's loan portfolio, investor relations, and capital market activities. Mike has over 18 years of audit, management and investment banking experience.
Mike began his career as an auditor at Arthur Andersen and eventually joined the investment banking group at Citigroup, where he focused on lower-middle-market M&A. After leaving Citigroup, Mike joined LCG Capital Group, a Tampa-based investment banking firm, where he focused on sell-side M&A transactions, as well as debt placement and equity syndications.
Mr. Maguire graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, earning a B.B.A. in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Accountancy. Mr. Maguire is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida (non-active) and holds FINRA Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.
Chief Operating Officer
Leigh Scrabis is Director of Community Development for Catalyst. In this role, Leigh helps Catalyst create and develop partnerships with municipalities, economic development offices, community redevelopment agencies, and other community development organizations. Additionally, Leigh also works with the company's small business and developer clients to facilitate financing and capacity building.
Prior to working with Catalyst, Leigh spent 14 years with the Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency, serving as the Executive Director. During her tenure with the Fort Myers CRA, Leigh helped facilitate over $100 million of new development in blighted areas and was instrumental in creating some of the most innovative economic development tools, including a stormwater and nutrient credit program that allowed developers to fully utilize properties for redevelopment.
Leigh graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. She resides with her family in Fort Myers, Florida.
Community Development Director
Reid Jaeger is the Director of Real Estate Development at Catalyst Asset Management. In this role, Reid is responsible for managing the ground-up development process for the company’s market rate multifamily projects, including selection and oversight of the design team, general contractor and property managers.
Prior to joining Catalyst, Reid was the Real Estate Portfolio Manager for Forge Capital Partners, where he was responsible for creating and overseeing customized asset management strategies for investment properties owned or developed by Forge Capital Partners. Before joining Forge Capital Partners, Mr. Jaeger was a Commercial Credit Analyst with Aileron Capital Management (“Aileron”), a national specialty finance company and FINRA-registered broker dealer with an expertise in government guaranteed loan programs including U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) and USDA Business & Industry Loans.
Mr. Jaeger obtained his Bachelor Degree in Finance from Florida State University, and a Master of Science in Finance from the University of Tampa.
Director of Real Estate Development