Cindy Ross

Community Development Loan Officer

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Ms. Ross manages the Community Development Fund, the oldest of FCLF's three major programs. She also underwrites community and economic development loans for both commercial loan programs as well as providing support to the Loan Fund's New Markets Tax Credit program. Ms. Ross provides technical assistance to borrowers throughout Central and West Florida.

Ms. Ross joined the Florida Community Loan Fund in 1996, bringing 16 years of banking experience. For 11 years she was a regional loan administrator for NationsBank (now Bank of America) and AMRESCO, responsible for managing a department of up to 30 employees and a portfolio of multi-million dollar real estate loans. She also has 5 years experience in bank internal auditing, beginning her career in North Carolina, after graduating with a BS in Finance from Florida State University. 

During her time with FCLF, Ms. Ross has closed and administered over 150 loans, with responsibilities including preparation or review of loan documents, coordination of loan closing activities, and supervision of the portfolio management function. In addition to co-creating FCLF's first in-house loan policies and its first in-house loan documents, Ms. Ross also previously managed a number of diverse functions and projects for FCLF including bookkeeping, payroll, newsletter and annual report production, board support, compliance, and general office management. Now in her position as a Community Development Loan Officer, covering 18 counties throughout Central Florida from the east to west cost, she delivers loan capital to nonprofits and mission-driven for-profit developers of affordable housing, supportive housing, and facilities to meet FCLF's mission.

“The partnership with FCLF is very exciting for us – an essential component in providing greater access to fresh healthy food in downtown New Port Richey.” – Jeff Wright, Owner

Wright's Natural Market

"It is really working. FCLF is really touching low-income people." – Florida Community Loan Fund Founding Board Member

Sister Mary Heyser, RSHM

"We look forward to continuing our successful relationship with FCLF and working together to meet the needs of our communities." – Nancy Merolla, VP/CRA Officer

Florida Community Bank

"FCLF understood our context, embraced the project vision, and were willing to make an investment that others deemed as too risky." – Lynn Brockwell-Carey, Executive Director

Brevard Neighborhood Development Coaliti…

"FCLF is a difference maker! Their team provides solutions to bring about real change in a community." – Tim Marks, President & CEO

Metropolitan Ministries

"I appreciate FCLF for lending in rural areas, where many other lenders are exiting. From the first moment we spoke with FCLF staff, we felt we had a partner." – Jamie Kerr, President, AMCS Dev.

Griffin Heights

"We appreciate the accomplishments your organization attains." - Robert Sucher, Executive VP

Sabadell United Bank

"I recommend FCLF for attracting investment to the Florida Preservation Fund... I believe that says something about investor comfort." – Nancy Muller, Policy Director

Florida Housing Finance Corp.

"FCLF plays a significant role in sustaining vibrant and thriving communities. We are pleased to support your ongoing community based efforts." – Ernie Diaz, South Florida Market President

TD Charitable Foundation

"FCLF demonstrates a mission-oriented philosophy that is compatible and supportive, broadens our platform and deepens our portfolio of products and services." – Kent Adcock, CEO

Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter

"We appreciate how the work of FCLF primarily benefits low- to moderate-income individuals and areas and supports the needs of our community." – Maria J. Thompson, Community Development Manager

Third Federal Savings

"FCLF has proven its community impact and hard work. We are proud to partner with FCLF." – Leslie Watson, Analyst, Community Investments

Dignity Health

“We cannot thank FCLF enough for this partnership, creating permanent housing for our neighbors in need, and their commitment to Florida communities.” – Shannon Nazworth, President & CEO

Ability Housing

"We couldn’t have pulled this project together without FCLF as partners. This is the start of great work in Jacksonville’s historic Springfield district." – Kevin Gay, Exec. Director

Operation New Hope

"FCLF made it possible for us to provide many special needs and low-income students with the educational services that they need." – Charlotte Tollefson, Director & Founder

Woodlawn Community Academy

"Aida Palms will be a lasting asset to the City of Lakeland. This revitalization wouldn't be possible without financing partners like FCLF." – Mitchell Rosenstein, Principal, Green Mills Group

Aida Palms

"The Fathers Table Foundation appreciates the services FCLF provides and the impact on the communities you serve. We believe in your organization and your mission." – Dan Gilardi, President

Fathers Table Foundation

"FCLF understands and is a part of what we are doing: helping families have the American dream of owning a home." – Isaac Simhon, Executive Director

Housing Programs, Inc.

"Thanks to FCLF, we are one step closer to providing a permanent housing solution for veterans and others seeking quality housing at an affordable price." – Carrie Davis, Executive Director

Wealth Watchers

"Thank you to our friends at FCLF. Your staff has been patient and helpful. We'll make you proud!" – Bill Lazar, Executive Director

St. Johns Housing Partnership

FCLF Videos

View video testimonials from FCLF partners.
  • Florida Community Loan Fund helped Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County with New Markets Tax Credits
  • FCLF and Operation New Hope, Restoring Jacksonville’s Springfield Community
  • FCLF and SW Florida Collaboratory, Bringing Stability to a Fort Myers Neighborhood
  • FCLF and CDC of Tampa, Stability in East Tampa Neighborhoods
  • FCLF and The Transition House: Building Blocks for U.S. Veterans
  • FCLF and Wendover Housing: Building Blocks for An Aging Population
  • FCLF and CFHC: Building Blocks for Low Income Healthcare
  • FCLF, Reflecting on the Past, Shaping the Future
  • FCLF, Planning for Florida's Future: CASA St. Petersburg
  • FCLF, Planning for Florida's Future: Housing Programs, Inc., Miami
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