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Diana Hamilton
President

A leader in public finance in the Midwest, Ms. Hamilton draws from her 25 years’ experience in finance to lead Sycamore Advisors. After receiving her M.B.A. from the Yale University School of Management, Ms. Hamilton began her career by completing the rigorous training program (celebrated in Michael Lewis’ Liar’s Poker) at Salomon Brothers, Inc. She went on to run a Broker/Dealer subsidiary for a Midwestern regional bank, establishing their municipal underwriting practice. From 1997 to 2003, Ms. Hamilton served as the Director of Public Finance for the State of Indiana, overseeing the issuance of more than $1.9 billion in debt financing for major capital projects. Ms. Hamilton also supervised Indiana’s two largest public pension funds, with assets totaling more than $15 billion, shepherding their transition from a 100% fixed income portfolio to a balanced global asset allocation mix. During Ms. Hamilton’s tenure as Director of Public Finance, she guided the State of Indiana through two successive upgrades to its credit ratings, being named for her efforts as a “Sagamore of the Wabash” by Governor Frank O’Bannon, Indiana’s highest award for public service.

Ms. Hamilton is a Life Trustee for the Indiana chapter of The Nature Conservancy. She was a founding member of the Indiana chapter of Women in Public Finance and also served on the board of the national organization. Governor Daniels appointed her to the Indiana Secondary Market Education Loan board, the entity which manages the state’s student loan portfolio, where she serves as vice-chair and head of the audit committee. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard appointed her to the Metropolitan Development Commission, where she served for 7 years. She holds the Series 50 and Series 54 Municipal Advisor Representative designation from the MSRB.

Email: dhamilton@sycamoreadvisors.com
Phone: 317.631.1900

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Jessica Lamendola
Senior Vice President

Ms. Lamendola joined Sycamore in 2021 and formerly served as the director of administrative and financial services for the City of Topeka, KS. She also brings strong rating agency experience to Sycamore Advisors in addition to her extensive background in budgeting, performance management, accounting, financial reporting, contracts and procurement, debt issuance and fund management. Ms. Lamendola will focus on providing advice to clients in credit structure development, rating agency relationships, and investor outreach.

As an assistant vice president at Moody’s Investors Service, Ms. Lamendola was the state lead for local governments in New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. She previously worked for several other New York issuers, including the Town of North Hempstead, NY (Director of Finance and Acting Comptroller) and Nassau County, NY (Investor Relations Coordinator).

Ms. Lamendola holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Portland. She serves on the Women in Public Finance Board and Chairs the Scholarship Committee. She previously served on the Committee on Governmental Debt Management for GFOA and on the Northeast Women in Public Finance Board.  She holds the Series 50 Municipal Advisor Representative designation from the MSRB.

Email: jlamendola@sycamoreadvisors.com
Phone: 503.740.1772

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Ching Yin
Senior Vice President

Ms. Yin joined Sycamore in 2024 and has over 25 years of experience in Public Finance with extensive quantitative skills.  Ms. Yin has developed computer models for bond structuring, cash flow projections and default tolerance to provide clients with a variety of options related to debt issuance structures and the corresponding effects on long-term capital funding and debt capacity. These models and analysis have been an integral part of rating agency presentations and the policy decision-making process. Ms. Yin’s area of specialty includes SRF pool program, clean energy, and charter schools. For almost a decade, Ms. Yin worked with the New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority, structuring both their EFC bonds and stand-alone issuances. Ms. Yin holds a Bachelor of Economics in Public Finance from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (China) and an MBA in Finance from Baruch College, the City University of New York. Ms. Yin holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) through the CFA Institute. She holds the Series 50 Municipal Advisor Representative designation from the MSRB.

Email: cyin@sycamoreadvisors.com

Phone: (646) 573-6451

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David de la Nuez

Senior Quantitative Specialtist

Dr. de la Nuez joined Sycamore in 2024 and brings over 20 years of experience as a quantitative analyst, researcher, math professor and financial software programmer to the team. Based in our New York office, Dr. de la Nuez’s expertise spans several sectors of corporate and public finance, including complex modelling of cashflows, structured products and debt portfolio optimization strategies. Dr. de la Nuez has been published in several finance journals. He has worked in Operations Research (optimization) and has developed bond structuring software including patent pending analytics over his 17 years working in public finance. He has developed models for student and housing loans and is currently working on consumer receivables for energy efficiency programs. In contrast to others who may use canned plug-ins into Excel, Dr. de la Nuez uses MATLAB, an engineering program language to set up an optimization problem (specifically, an “integer program”) to determine the optimal solutions. Dr. de la Nuez holds a BA in Mathematics from Cornell University and a PhD and MS in Operations Research from Columbia University.

 

Email:  ddelanuez@sycamoreadvisors.com

Phone: (646) 824-5655

Susan-Rehfeldt

Susan Rehfeldt
Analyst and Senior Compliance Assistant

Susan Rehfeldt, Analyst and Senior Compliance Assistant since 2015, has over 25 years of experience working in financial, administrative and junior analyst positions for various financing authorities, including Business Analyst for the Indiana Transportation Finance Authority (now part of the Indiana Finance Authority) and serving in the Treasurer’s Office at the Indianapolis Airport Authority, where she assisted with debt management functions of the Airport as the Airport issued over $900 million in debt over a multiple year period to fund construction of a new terminal and runways. Ms. Rehfeldt compiles/updates the Firm’s debt databases for each client, researches and analyzes data in various U.S. Census Bureau and BLS databases, including economic and demographic data. Ms. Rehfeldt also assists with all SEC and MSRB compliance functions, assuring that the Firm meets regulatory deadlines, and all documents are in order for SEC audits.

Email: srehfeldt@sycamoreadvisors.com
Phone: 317.631.1900