Sima Thakkar

Specialty Finance
Senior Investment Associate

Sima Thakkar currently serves as Senior Investment Associate for Raza Development Fund. Her work aims to increase access to capital to help build more inclusive, racially equitable, and resilient communities. She helps lead development efforts under the New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) Program to help remove barriers that persist in financing community facilities and promotes investments in community healthcare centers and affordable housing across the country.

Sima has over two decades of experience in community development and philanthropy including with PetSmart Charities, City of San Diego, and Metro Nashville, working on programs focused on affordable housing, economic development, and homelessness programs. She is an Urban Planner with a Master of Regional Planning degree from Cornell University and B.A. in Urban Planning and Public Administration from Miami University. Sima also serves as Vice Chair for the Board of Directors of one•n•ten, an LGBTQ+ youth organization, and as Secretary for the Board of Directors of Trellis, a nonprofit dedicated to affordable housing in Phoenix.


  • Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) 2021 Caren S. Franzini Fellow
  • Certified Housing Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council
  • Certifications in HUD HOME Program