Jason Battista

President, Mercy Loan Fund

Jason Battista

Jason Battista is the President of Mercy Loan Fund (MLF) – a nationally-focused, socially responsible real estate capital fund within Mercy Housing – which is certified by the U.S. Treasury Department as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Battista has served MLF in many capacities since he joined the organization in 2009. He has proven adept at balancing the mission and the business in several roles, including: Underwriter, Senior Underwriter, Director, and National Vice President.

He and his team have financed more than $150 million in affordable transactions, leveraging approximately $1 billion in total projects. He has also worked on the capital-raising and investment side of the MLF business, obtaining Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) membership.  In fact, MLF was the first CDFI loan fund to obtain membership into the FHLB of Topeka. This accomplishment gives MLF immediate access to wholesale banking products and long-term capital.

Prior to joining Mercy Housing, Battista served as a banking officer at FirstBank Holding Company, the largest private bank in Colorado.  After six months, he was promoted to a management position, where he managed two departments and 15 employees. While at FirstBank, Battista and his team specialized in underwriting commercial real estate transactions.

Battista sits on the Strategic Oversight Committee for the Denver Regional Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Fund and provides leadership to the Fund to preserve 2,000 affordable housing units along major transportation routes.  Additionally, in 2015, the Denver Business Journal awarded Battista their prestigious 40 Under 40 award.

Battista earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Northern Colorado and holds an MBA with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Colorado, graduating summa cum laude.  Battista also earned a certificate in ‘Advanced Real Estate Finance’ from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).