With over 25 years of experience in community development finance and executive leadership within Chicago-area community and CDFI banks, Vickie Lakes-Battle leads with equity in everything she does. Vickie is IFF’s first-ever Executive Director for the Chicago region, overseeing IFF’s full-range of services in the Chicagoland area, including lending, real estate consulting, and community strategies program operations. Vickie Lakes-Battle is known throughout the Chicago region as a no-nonsense change-maker, successfully leveraging her institutional roles to advance the goals of those who work in service to their communities.
Vickie has been recognized by numerous organizations for her commitment to build bridges between Chicago’s communities, and the institutional supports they need to thrive. Vickie challenges others to look at community development finance through an equity lens and is willing to wrestle with the tough questions. She currently serves on the board of the Greater Chatham Initiative, and is on the Steering Committee of Elevated Chicago, where she also co-chairs the Elevated Capital & Programs Working Group.
Vickie joined IFF in 2014 as Director of Lending for Northern Illinois and the Chicago metro area. In that role, she was responsible for originating, evaluating, and underwriting loan applications, executing regional business development strategies, maintaining visibility in our market, and managing relationships with nonprofits and other partners.
Vickie holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Chicago State University.