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Sajan Phillip

Portrait of Sajan Phillip

Sajan has had a 16-year career in finance, in which he deployed over $800 million in capital to a variety of real estate community-based projects. These projects include affordable housing, school facilities, early childhood education facilities, health centers, and supermarkets. He has experience with a broad range of financial resources available to community development projects, including structured funds, foundations, government programs, banks, CDFIs, tax exempt bonds, NMTC, and LIHTC.

Sajan is the Principal of Cardinal Impact Advisors, a consulting firm that provides financial advisory services for social impact investments. Through his work at Cardinal Impact, Sajan works with foundations, CDFIs and nonprofits who are seeking advice as they navigate a social impact investment opportunity.  In his time at Civic Builders, Sajan built a $100 million philanthropic-backed lending platform that delivered low-cost flexible loans to high performing nonprofit charter schools. Prior to joining Civic, Sajan was Market Director of the Mid-Atlantic and Central Regions at the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF). In this role, he was responsible for lending production in DC as well as for LIIF’s expansion in the Southeast. At LIIF, Sajan lent over $300 million in capital for community development projects, including a $30 million fund dedicated to increasing healthy food access in food deserts. Before joining LIIF, he was a small business loan underwriter at Seedco Financial in New York City.