Learn about the Team at Finance New Orleans, including our President & CEO, Vice President & Chief Business Officer, and Chief Of Staff.

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Damon Burns

President & CEO

Damon Burns is a New Orleans native and public finance professional with more than 10 years of experience in entrepreneurship, investment banking, corporate banking and economic development. He is currently the President & CEO of Finance New Orleans. The Finance Authority is a housing and economic development finance agency that has financed over $600 million of affordable housing and economic development projects in New Orleans.

Prior to joining Finance New Orleans, he founded Munivestor, a financial data and technology company focused on the municipal bond industry using $200K in private investor capital. Munivestor was selected to participate in some of the nation’s premier startup programs including Techstars’ Risingstars Bootcamp, Morgan Stanley’s FinTech Investor Showcase and PowerMoves NOLA. Other technology experience includes being an Investment Committee member of the New Orleans Startup Fund, which provides early stage capital to New Orleans based companies with high-growth potential.

Burns earned a Marketing degree from Texas Southern University and an MBA with a finance concentration from the University of New Orleans. He also earned a professional certificate in Urban Redevelopment from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Byron B. Badger

Vice President & Chief Business Officer
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Byron B. Badger is Vice President and Chief Executive Officer at Finance New Orleans (FNO). 

He leads the finance and accounting teams as well as oversee the development and implementation of FNO's financial structures that support it's various programs to include its bond sales and management, underwriting, and communications with investors, bankers, financial advisors, rating agencies, and other external partners and stakeholders.

A native of New Orleans, Badger brings over 15 years of experience in budgeting, forecasting, financial reporting and analysis, systems implementation, treasury management, balance sheet management, and risk management oversight.  He has a record of developing and implementing innovative solutions resulting in increased efficiency, internal control and overall performance for public, private, and nonprofit organizations.

Badger has over a decade of banking experience  serving as an Investment Analyst and Finance Manager at two publicly traded banks with several key responsibilities to include asset/liability management in addition to a $2 billion fixed-income investment portfolio , Bank Owned Life Insurance (BOLI), mortgage pricing, collateral management activities, commercial underwriting, financial planning and analysis, business intelligence, and finance and accounting management over several investment banking lines of business. 

Prior to joining FNO, he was the Assistant Vice President of Business and Finance at Dillard University.  He was primarily responsible for the University's budgeting, forecasting, payroll, and procurement in addition to some oversight of several other departments within the division to include HR, IT, auxiliary services, facilities.

He holds a Master of Business Administration Degree and Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

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Najah Shakir

Chief Of Staff
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Jarvis Lewis

Director of Community Engagement
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Kellie Schmidt

Director of Sustainable Housing
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Mysheka Battiste

Director of Innovation