Learn about the Team at Finance New Orleans, including our President & CEO, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, and Vice President & Chief Financial Officer.

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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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Bianka Brown

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Bianka Brown serves as Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for Finance New Orleans (FNO), where she is responsible for operations.

Before joining FNO, Bianka served as Chief Financial Officer for The Housing Authority of Jefferson Parish, where she was responsible for financial and strategic management, including the agency’s financial reporting, federal grant management, long-range capital improvement planning and program management.

Bianka has extensive operational and financial management experience in private, public and nonprofit sectors.

She brings a wealth of experience through her successes with the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, First NBC Bank and JP Morgan Chase, where she helped the organizations streamline financial and procedural policies and create monitoring and accountability systems.

Bianka’s demonstrated experience includes Financial Forecasting, financial analysis, cash management, federal grant management, systems conversions, budget preparation and competitive analysis and benchmarking.

Bianka holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Southern University at New Orleans.

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Byron B. Badger

Vice President & Chief Financial 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.