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Our Team

ROMY F. KOCHAN, PRESIDENT & SECRETARY


 

Romy

Romy Kochan is our chief visionary. Bringing more than 25 years of investment and small business experience, she sets the bar high and is willing to offer the reasons why. She keeps us all reaching for more solutions and deeper impact. Romy will easily demonstrate the impact of health capital in social enterprise.

Natalie Hazen, VICE PRESIDENT


Natalie

Natalie Hazen is brings more than 20 years of community development and most recently, great ‘in-the-weeds’ experience with social enterprise development, assessment, and reporting. Her desire to help move the needle is contagious!

JENNIFER DAVIS-PAPA, TREASURER


 

Romy

Jennifer Davis-Papa carries more than 18 years of investment services expertise. She understands the need for more capital in under-resourced areas and diligently works to advocate for tough standards in impact investing. She knows the financial professional community and advocates wherever she lands for impact capital and social enterprise.

ANDREW J. GOLDBERG, BOARD DIRECTOR


ANDY

No clichés from me. I’m not a Ninja of anything. I’m not a Guru (and I don’t do Yoga, but I do Cross-Fit with my wife and son). I’m passionate first about my family, then making sure my children write well and have great grammar, and then everything else. I am a husband and dad. I’m a sought after proof-reader of high school papers, and grammar aficionado. And my wife says I’m addicted to my iPhone (but who isn’t).

Most people think of their lawyer as someone who says “No” and prevents them from growing their business. I’m different: I hate the word “No”. My job is to find a way to say “Yes” and help you develop strategies to grow your business. I will challenge you on your finances, marketing, production and manufacturing issues, HR matters and more. I’m not just a risk management guy (but when problems do arise, I don’t reinvent the wheel or use untested strategies; I use my experience and proven tactics to achieve your goals).

It’s really quite simple for me: I love working with entrepreneurs and learning EVERYTHING about their business. When we meet, I’ll ask you questions. A lot of questions. Then, I listen. And listen some more. And when there is that awkward silence when no one is speaking – it’s your turn for more speaking. I want to know all about your business and concerns.

I don’t think I’m really innovative or unique; the law is what it is. But I have been told my approach to practicing law is unique (when we meet, you’ll find out). I’ll guide you in thinking and viewing situations from new and different perspectives. And I’ll do it with Passion. With Energy. With Knowledge. And With Experience.

I’m also a certified public accountant and am frequently involved in matters where legal, accounting and business issues intersect. Businesses seek my advice for business formations, operations, acquisitions and sales of business, structuring shareholder and buy-sell agreements, employment and non-competition/solicitation agreements, protecting IP, developing operating structures and the relationships between owners, reducing their taxes, succession planning (and related estate planning issues), and general contracts matters. I work in a variety of industries including with technology companies, auto suppliers, retailers, manufacturer and service providers, medical practices, and advertising and marketing companies.

 

MARCUS D. HARRIS, BOARD MEMBER


 

MARCUS

Marcus Harris is a Portfolio Manager in the SWOT City business support program for brick-and-mortar enterprises in Detroit neighborhoods at nonprofit business accelerator TechTown Detroit. In this role, Harris provides small business coaching and advisory services to neighborhood-based entrepreneurs and assist them with developing strategic growth plans for their businesses. He also serves as an adjunct faculty in the Entrepreneurial Studies department at the Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) Entrepreneurial Institute & Resource Center in Detroit. He has also taught undergraduate entrepreneurship courses at Oakland University in Rochester, MI and Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI.
Harris has 18 years of professional experience in corporate information technology (IT) management, nonprofit management, and small business consulting. Harris has provided consulting services for numerous nonprofit organizations and small businesses in the Detroit community, guiding them through strategic planning, program design, and business planning to raise thousands of dollars in funding. In addition to teaching entrepreneurship courses at WCCCD for the past nine years, Harris has also conducted numerous community entrepreneurship workshops and is currently an entrepreneur trainer for ProsperUS Detroit, a neighborhood-based microenterprise development program. He also serves as a facilitator for BUILD Social, an innovative training and development program for social entrepreneurs, which he co-founded and launched with nonprofit D:hive Detroit (now Build Institute) in 2014.
Throughout his corporate experiences in the automotive, consulting, and banking industries, Harris has partnered with corporate philanthropic efforts to raise thousands of dollars for nonprofit causes. From a volunteer perspective, Harris has been an active youth mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit (BBBSMD) for the past 13 years and has served as a volunteer for the United Way for Southeastern Michigan for six years. He has also served as an advisor to the University of Michigan Social Venture Fund during the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 academic years. He is also a graduate of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit Program, Class XXXIV.
A life-long resident of the city of Detroit, Harris holds Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree at Lawrence Technological University. As a doctoral candidate, his research interests include social entrepreneurship and social innovation, urban entrepreneurship and microenterprise development, and nonprofit management and leadership. He has presented his proposed dissertation research at various conferences and has participated in a number of national doctoral student consortia on social entrepreneurship. Harris aspires to become a successful practitioner-scholar, community leader, and social entrepreneur in the academic, entrepreneurial, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors in Detroit and the nation. He lives in Detroit with his wife Jalyn and their four year-old daughter, Violet.