Gerardo serves as the Executive Director of the Local Enterprise Assistance Fund (LEAF), a Boston-based CDFI. LEAF has three program areas that promote Economic and Financial Inclusion, access to Affordable Housing, and access to Healthy Food. He joined LEAF after spending many years in the commercial banking and investment management field and has spearheaded the Fund’s growth in Massachusetts and at the national level. His background includes ten years as a Vice President at First National Bank of Chicago, and 15 years in investment management in the positions of Portfolio Manager and Senior Vice President with Baring Asset Management and John Hancock funds. Gerardo serves as an advisory member of the annual Federal Reserve's Financial Innovations Roundtable, board member of the Food Coop Initiative, the Boston Industrial Development Financing Authority, and Third Sector New England. He has a master’s degree in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.