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CDFA Summer School
Baltimore, MD
August 8-12, 2016

Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance Course
August 8, 2016
Baltimore, MD

Advanced Tax Increment Finance Course
August 9-10, 2016
Baltimore, MD

Intro Bond Finance Course
August 9-10, 2016
Baltimore, MD

Advanced Bond Finance Course
August 11-12, 2016
Baltimore, MD

Intro Tax Credit Finance Course
August 11-12, 2016
Baltimore, MD

CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Manufacturing Finance: Bonds & Tax Increment Supporting the Industrial Renaissance
August 16, 2016
1:00 pm Eastern

CDFA Minnesota Conference
Minneapolis, MN
August 25, 2016

CDFA Wisconsin Conference
Milwaukee, WI
August 30, 2016

CDFA Brownfields Financing Webinar: Strategic TIF Structuring for Redevelopment
September 1, 2016
2:00pm Eastern

CDFA Texas Webinar: Tax Incentives: Exploring New Reporting & Disclosure Standards for Texas
September 8. 2016
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Eastern

Intro Energy & Water Finance Course
September 13-14, 2016
New York, NY

CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Retail as Economy: The Math Behind Financing Retail Development
September 20, 2016
1:00 pm Eastern

CDFA Ohio Conference
Columbus, OH
September 21, 2016

CDFA North Carolina Conference
Research Triangle Park, NC
September 22, 2016

Intro Public-Private Partnership (P3) Finance Course
September 28-29, 2016
Daily: 12-5pm Eastern

CDFA Kentucky Conference
Lexington, KY
October 4, 2016

CDFA Michigan Conference
Grand Rapids, MI
October 6, 2016

CDFA Maryland Conference
Baltimore, MD
October 11, 2016

CDFA Washington Conference
Seattle, WA
October 11, 2016

Intro Rural Finance WebCourse
October 12-13, 2016
Daily: 12-5pm Eastern

CDFA Arizona Conference
Phoenix, AZ
October 13, 2016

CDFA Virginia Conference
Richmond, VA
October 18, 2016

CDFA Louisiana Conference
New Orleans, LA
November 1, 2016

CDFA's 30th National Development Finance Summit
New Orleans, LA
November 2-4, 2016

Intro Food Systems Finance Course
November 2, 2016
New Orleans, LA

Intro Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Finance Course
November 2, 2016
New Orleans, LA

CDFA California Conference
Los Angeles, CA
November 15, 2016

CDFA Oregon Conference
Portland, OR
November 17, 2016

Intro Brownfields Finance WebCourse
December 14-15, 2016
Daily: 12-5pm Eastern


The Council of Development Finance Agencies is a national association dedicated to the advancement of development finance concerns and interests. CDFA is comprised of the nation’s leading and most knowledgeable members of the development finance community representing hundreds of public, private and non-profit development entities. Members are state, county and municipal development finance agencies and authorities that provide or otherwise support economic development financing programs, including tax-exempt and taxable bonds, credit enhancement programs, and direct debt and equity investments as well as a variety of non-governmental and private organizations ranging from regional and large investment banks to commercial finance companies to bond counsel, bond insurers, trustees, venture capital companies, rating agencies, and other organizations interested in development finance.

The Council was formed in 1982 with the mission to strengthen the efforts of state and local development finance agencies fostering job creation and economic growth through the use of tax-exempt and other public-private partnership finance programs. Today, CDFA has one of the strongest voices in the development finance industry and regularly communicates with Capitol Hill, state and local government leaders and the Federal Administration. The Council provides a number of avenues for assisting the development finance industry including education, advocacy, research, resources and networking.

CDFA is ultimately the conduit linking development finance professionals together. CDFA has a rich history and is considered the industry expert within the federal government, on Capitol Hill and throughout the entire development finance industry.

Board Leadership

CDFA is governed by a 32-member Board of Directors. Policy is developed by the Board of Directors based on committee recommendations and concerns of the membership.

Chairman, John Saris, Business Services Manager, Business Oregon, OR
Vice Chairman, Maureen Hassett, Senior VP, New Jersey Economic Development Authority, NJ
Treasurer, Steve Johnson, Manager, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, CO
Secretary, Steve Chilton, Senior Vice President, MassDevelopment, MA

Joseph Branca, Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, NY
Gregory Cole, Program, Manager, Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development, MD
Price Finley, Partner, Bricker & Eckler LLP, OH
Terry Finn, President, Stern Brothers & Co., MO
Richard Frampton, Vice President, Illinois Finance Authority, IL
Jeffrey Freese, Managing Director, KeyBanc Capital Markets, OH
Jeree Glasser-Hedrick, Executive Director, CDLAC, California Treasurer's Office, CA
Robert Godley, Treasurer, Empire State Development Corporation, NY
Harry Huntley, Executive Director, South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority, SC
Doug Lamb, Partner, McGuire Woods LLP, VA
Jeffrey Lee, Senior VP, New York City Economic Development Corporation, NY
Bob Lind, Director, Business Finance, City of Minneapolis, MN
David Massa, Senior Vice President, U.S. Bank, NY
David Misky, Assistant Executive Director, Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee, WI
Tina Neal, Senior Vice President, Davenport & Company LLC, VA
Richard Palank, Senior Vice President, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, MO
James Parks, President & CEO, Louisiana Public Facilities Authority, LA
Michael Pehur, Development Finance Consulting Director, Duane Morris Government Strategies, PA
Tony Portuondo, Managing Director, The Bank of New York Mellon, FL
Patrick Ray, Managing Partner, Kutak Rock LLP - Arizona, AZ
Patrick Rutledge, Public Finance Relationship Manager, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, GA
Gurbax Sahota, President & CEO, California Association for Local Economic Development, CA
Carlton Schwab, President & CEO, Texas Economic Development Council, TX
Christopher Sheehan, Director, Stifel Nicolaus & Company, Inc., MD
Gary Smith, President/CEO, Chester County Industrial Development Authority, PA
James Snyder, Partner, Ice Miller, IL
Cam Turner, Principal, United Fund Advisors, Portland, OR
John Wooten, Director; Head of Municipal Placements, Wells Fargo Securities, NC

Emeritus Director, Mark Huston, Portfolio Manager, Development Capital Networks, OR

General Counsel, Arthur Cohen, Counsel, Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP, NY

CDFA Staff & Advisors

CDFA is managed by a professional staff headquartered in Columbus, OH. The staff and various advisors carry out the day-to-day administration of the Council. To contact a member of the staff or an advisor, use the following information.

Management & Executive
Toby Rittner, President & CEO, 614-705-1300
Mark Barbash, Senior Strategic Advisor, 614-705-1317
Valerie Gulick, Chief Financial Officer, 614-705-1300
Sam DeNies, IT Director, 614-705-1300

Education, State Programming & Communications
Katie Kramer, Vice President, 614-705-1316
Cayla Adams, Manager, State Programs Outreach, 614-705-1318
Candace Frank, Manager, State Programs Outreach, 614-705-1310
Averi Cragel, Manager, State Programs Outreach, 614-705-1319
Kara Knight, Manager, Education, 614-705-1303
Elizabeth LeBuhn, Marketing & Communications Associate, 614-705-1308

Research, Resources & Advisory Services
Emily Moser, Program Manager, 614-705-1305
Jakob Dyck, Program Coordinator, 614-705-1306
Pete Mathews, Resources Coordinator, 614-705-1307
Tim Fisher, Legislative & Federal Affairs Coordinator, 614-705-1309
Harry Allen, Research Intern, 614-705-1300
Alex Heyl, Research Intern, 614-705-1300

Development & Membership
Kimberly Deardurff, Director, Development, 614-705-1302
Lindsay Brewer, Development Administrator, 614-705-1300

Advisors & Legislative Representative
Eric Silva, Legislative Representative, North South Government Strategies, 202-930-1437
Tony Q. Smith, Tax Increment Finance Course Advisor
Brian Cooper, Bond Finance Course Advisor

CDFA mailing address:

Council of Development Finance Agencies
100 E. Broad Street, Suite 1200
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-705-1300

Non-Discrimination Policy
The Council of Development Finance Agencies does not discriminate in any manner contrary to law or justice on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, veteran's status or national origin in its programs or activities, including employment, membership, participation and sponsorship.