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Learn about the Leadership Team at New Jersey Infrastructure Bank, including our Executive Director, Assistant Director & Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, and Chief Financial Officer.
During his tenure, David Zimmer has focused on broadening the reach of the I-Bank’s financing programs and bringing efficiencies to the I-Bank’s processes. He has introduced several new successful loan programs that include the short-term Construction Loan Program, the SAIL Disaster Relief Loan Program, and the NANO Loan Program, which provides heavily subsidized funding for the State’s smallest drinking water systems. He has overhauled the I-Bank’s credit policy to bring transparency and clarity to borrowers and investors and has improved the efficiency and effectiveness of the I-Bank by implementing a modern, web-based loan management system, enhancing internal controls, and requiring more thorough, compliance oversight.
David is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has over two decades of experience working on Wall Street specializing in structured finance debt instruments.
David holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Dayton.
Judy Karp has served as the I-Bank’s Assistant Director since 2019, and its Legal and Compliance Officer since 2014. As the I-Bank’s LCO, Judy oversees the numerous Federal, State and regulatory compliance requirements that impact the I-Bank. In addition, she is responsible for compliance with disclosure requirements, monitoring legislative and regulatory changes, providing guidance on procurements and contracts and assisting in the development and preparation of the I-Bank’s annual legislation.
Judy has previous experience in commercial litigation and served as confidential law clerk to Federal District Judge Michael A. Telesca in the Western District of New York.
Judy received a Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University. She is a licensed attorney in the States of New Jersey and New York.
Lauren Kaltman has served as the Chief Financial Officer of the I-Bank since June of 2012. During her tenure, Lauren has introduced several efficiencies to the I-Bank’s Accounting and Finance Department that have strengthened the budgeting and reporting processes, improved the billing and collection processes, and tightened the credit and investment policies.
In her previous positions working for Capital Holding Corporation as Director of New Initiatives and Institutional Marketing and for Citibank, N.A. in the bank’s Corporate Financial Analysis Department, Lauren gained experience in corporate reporting, investment operations, distressed loan management and strategic planning.
Lauren earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Management of Organizations from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Duke University.
Leigh Peterson joined the I-Bank in the role of Chief Operating Officer, Water in 2019. In her new role Leigh manages the business functions of the program to ensure that applicants with qualified projects are ushered through the review processes and succeed with project financing. Leigh is also tasked with implementing new program initiatives meant to expand the program. She is responsible for procurements of professional services related to the I-Bank’s water program and for ensuring compliance with its statutes and regulations. She also oversees all operational risk of the I-Bank. Leveraging her background in IT systems design, and working with the I-Bank’s partners at the DEP, Leigh has responsibility for the ongoing strategic development of the H2LOans loan portal system.
During twenty plus years on Wall Street, Leigh held positions in Information Technology, Compliance, Governance and Operational Risk.
Leigh holds a Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in Economics and French from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Robert Fernandez joined the I-Bank team as the Chief Operating Officer for Transportation in 2020. In his capacity, Robert oversees the I-Bank’s Transportation operations to include ensuring the statutory and regulatory compliance of the program, administering program initiatives for increased outreach and support to project sponsors which includes the function of the NJ Moves portal, and expediting the application process for the financing of transportation infrastructure projects.
A commissioned officer with 25-years of military experience in the NJ Army National Guard, Robert has served in various leadership positions overseeing Logistics, Operations, and Human Resources. During his tenure, he deployed to multiple areas in the Middle East to include a combat tour in Afghanistan and, most recently, a tour in Kuwait overseeing logistics and supply chain operations in support of Joint Special Operations Command.
Robert holds a Master’s of Science degree in Supply Chain Management from Rutgers University, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Liberty University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance from University of Phoenix.