Managing Director, Head of Community & Affordable Lending
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Cerita Battles is the Managing Director, Head of Community & Affordable Lending at JPMorgan Chase. She has 32 years of experience in the financial industry with 24 years specifically dedicated to mortgage. As the head of Community & Affordable Lending, Cerita is responsible for building, implementing, and ensuring the execution of the company’s strategic plan and goals to increase and enable sustainable homeownership among low-to-moderate income and minority homebuyers and communities across the United States.
Cerita is affiliated with several corporate advisory boards within the mortgage industry. She is a lifetime member of Fort Mose Historical Society where she sits on the Advisory Board, and she was also recognized as one of the “Most Powerful & Influential Women” of the State of Florida’s Diversity & Leadership Council in 2012.
Cerita graduated from the University of Phoenix where she earned her Bachelor’s in Business Management. She is a native of St. Augustine, Florida where she currently resides with her husband Ronald Battles and their 18-year-old daughter, Myka Ranae. Cerita is an ordained minister and reverend at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, St. Augustine and is a licensed Zumba instructor.