Tom DeSimone is responsible for overseeing Genesis LA's operations and managing business activities. Mr. De Simone has sourced, structured and/or closed more than $100 million in direct lending and New Market Tax Credit investments for Genesis LA. He has helped to grow Genesis LA's capital resources and has designed innovative investment programs that have helped Genesis LA to become a unique financing entity in the Los Angeles community.
Prior to joining Genesis LA, Mr. De Simone was a John Gardner Fellow in the Office of Mayor James K. Hahn, where he worked on policies and programs to alleviate homelessness. After his fellowship, he worked for the General Manager of the Los Angeles Housing Department, helping to develop a supportive housing program and establish an acquisition and predevelopment loan fund.
Mr. De Simone holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. De Simone is committed to improving the social, economic, and physical character of inner city neighborhoods in Los Angeles through new and innovative partnerships.
Jessica Waybright provides legal support to the Real Estate Department and drafts and reviews transaction documents for the Genesis Community Investment Fund and works closely with outside counsel on New Market Tax Credit Program loans. She facilitates and monitors the closings of transactions and repayment of loans and oversees management and implementation of tax credit compliance systems.
Ms. Waybright brings a wealth of real estate knowledge to Genesis LA acquired as a Real Estate and Transactional Attorney for Spierer, Woodward, Corbalis & Goldberg. As an Associate for the firm, she drafted and negotiated terms of real estate and business transactions including documents related to residential and commercial purchase and sale agreements, lease agreements, escrow, title and loans, asset purchase and shareholder agreements. Ms. Waybright also worked for the law offices of Brian Lerner and the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Office of General Counsel.
Ms. Waybright has a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where she was a member of the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review. She is admitted to the California Bar. Ms. Waybright holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis with majors in International Relations and Economics and a minor in Managerial Economics.
Jem Dicioco has over 26 years of experience in the commercial banking and financial services industry. As Controller, she oversees a loan portfolio of approximately $20 million, as well as nearly $76 million in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Investments. Ms. Dicioco manages all accounts, ledgers, tax reporting and compliance requirements. She also maintains internal control safeguards and coordinates all audit activities. Ms. Dicioco conducts and supervises the issuance of monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements for investors and the Board of Directors, prepares actual and projected revenues and expenditures and works closely with the CEO on reviewing and implementation of budgets, reviewing loan structuring and underwriting parameters and ensuring accurate reserves are maintained in accordance with Genesis LA policies.
Prior to joining Genesis LA in 2009, she held various positions at Bank of Commerce and Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company where she was responsible for branch marketing, loan portfolio management and consumer banking operations. Ms. Dicioco received her Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines. She holds a Duke University Certificate in Nonprofit Management.
Accountant and Project Assistant
As Genesis LA’s most recent employee, Mr. Santana assists the President/CEO and loan officer with data analysis related to GLA’s business development activity. His responsibilities also include assisting with asset management of the GLA portfolio and documenting community impacts.
Prior to joining Genesis LA, Mr. Santana worked for the University of Southern California as an Upward Bound coordinator for the University’s TRIO Programs, which provide educational services, mentorship and guidance to low-income and first generation high school students.
Mr. Santana holds a MPP from the University of Southern California and BA in Economics from the University of California, San Diego. Mr. Santana is committed to the equitable development of communities in need and helping organizations to build their capacity to serve others.
Luana Santana is an accountant and project assistant for Genesis LA. She is responsible for the management of accounting data, ensuring proper internal control over assets, and the timely collection of receivables and disbursement of payables. She assists the Controller and CFO in budget preparation and in accurate and timely processing of financial statements, which includes account analysis and reconciliation.
Ms. Santana has been working in the finance industry for over 7 years. She started her banking career with Bank of America following her work as a bookkeeper / accounting assistant for Max Restaurant Group in Connecticut where she worked directly with the CFO. After moving to Los Angeles, Ms. Santana worked as bookkeeper and administrator for OSI Restaurant Partners prior to joining Genesis LA.
Ms. Santana holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Minor in Economics from California State University, Los Angeles. She is working towards her CPA license.
Alma Hernandez is the Executive Assistant for Genesis LA. She assists staff and the Board of Directors to ensure efficient administrative operations at Genesis LA.
Ms. Hernandez joined Genesis LA after working five years in property management, where she oversaw operations and compliance. Prior to her career in property management, Ms. Hernandez worked for Washington Mutual Bank where she was the Operations Supervisor. In this role, Ms. Hernandez oversaw daily operations, compliance, and annual audits. She has over ten years of experience in retail banking.
Ms. Hernandez was raised in the Historic West Adams District in South Los Angeles, where she still resides with her son. She is very involved with her community and works hard to provide a better quality of life for her son.