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Meet the Team


Meet the Team


Eric Robertson


Eric Robertson is President of Community LIFT and River City Capital.  Mr. Robertson has over 18 years of experience in the fields of Economic and Community Development.  He has served as the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC).  Before joining the DMC, Mr. Robertson led housing and economic development programs at LeMoyne-Owen College Community Development Corporation in the historic Soulsville USA neighborhood.  His extensive involvement and commitment to the city he loves includes serving on the boards of the Soulsville Foundation and the St. Louis Federal Reserve, Memphis Branch Board of Directors. Mr. Robertson is a graduate of the prestigious Achieving Excellence Program, an 18-month executive leadership and education course sponsored by NeighborWorks America, in partnership with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Contact Eric at eric@communitylift.org


Babacar Thiaw

Lending Executive in Residence, River City Capital

Babacar Thiaw serves as the Lending Executive in Residence for River City Capital.  He has over 20 years of experience in financial advising and loan and credit management.  His strong financial knowledge, sound judgment, communication skills, and ability to work as a team player have translated into success in his career.  He earned his Associates and Bachelors degrees in Accounting from Monroe College and Lehman College, respectively.  He went on to earn his MBA in Finance and Management from Iona College.  Prior to joining Community LIFT and River City Capital in 2019, Babacar worked at GMAC Commercial Finance and Regions Bank.

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Contact Babacar at babacar@communitylift.org


Nefertiti Orrin

Grants Director

Nefertiti Orrin brings 15 years of experience working in the non-profit sector, including grant-making and capacity-building.  Prior to joining LIFT, Ms. Orrin led the Teach for America Alumni team where she was responsible for stewarding and developing alumni leadership to maximize the reach and impact of those working in schools, districts, corporate and non-profit sectors.  In 2010, Ms. Orrin managed United Way of the Mid-South’s education impact priorities where she led the Volunteer Education Committee responsible for allocating funding to community-based organizations.  She also worked as a leadership coach in the Bay area, building school leaders’ capacity to plan and implement strategies to turn around low-performing schools.

Contact Nefertiti at nefertiti@communitylift.org


Steve Phillips


Steve Phillips is LIFT’s Controller.  Steve joined LIFT in November 2018.  Steve is a life-long Memphian.  His background consists of 25 years in the cable industry working for Time Warner Cable in Memphis, TN.  After Time Warner, he used his talents to develop a rental portfolio that focused on transforming blighted properties in the 38127 area of Memphis.  He received his Bachelors and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Memphis in 1982 and 1985, respectively.  He is a CPA in the State of Tennessee.

Contact Steve at steve@communitylift.org

Amelia Crowley

Amelia Crowley

Operations Manager

As the Operations Manager, Amelia manages the day-to-day operations of Community LIFT.  Prior to joining LIFT in January 2016, Ms. Crowley served for five years as Managing Clerk for McDermott Will & Emery LLP, a corporate law firm in New York City.  She has a B.A. in Urban Studies and a minor in Business Administration from Fordham University.  Ms. Crowley is an active member of the Junior League of Memphis.

Contact Amelia at amelia@communitylift.org

Linda Jones

Linda Jones


Linda Jones is LIFT’s Accountant.  Prior to joining the team in June 2015, Ms. Jones worked at the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority where she worked for 25 years, last serving as Director of Accounting.  Ms. Jones received her Bachelor of Science with an area in Business Administration and major emphasis in Accounting from Murray State University in 1979.

Contact Linda at linda@communitylift.org

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Carla Peacher-Ryan

Pro Bono Counsel

Carla Peacher-Ryan, a Shareholder at the law firm Baker Donelson, has extensive experience representing lenders and borrowers in commercial loans, multi-state lending transactions, loans secured by real estate and all personal property categories, transactions involving the purchase and sale of real estate, loan workouts, leasing transactions, and securitization transactions involving various asset categories.  Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Real Estate Law, Securitization and Structured Finance Law and Banking and Commercial Finance Law since 2007.  Named the Best Lawyers’ 2019 Memphis Commercial Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year;” 2018 Memphis Banking and Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year.” Lynching Sites Project of Memphis, Board of Directors (2016 – present)

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