CDFA - About: History, Leadership & Staff


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 300 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, Steve Johnson, Manager, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, CO
Vice Chairman, John Saris, Business Services Manager, Business Oregon, OR
Treasurer, James Parks, President & CEO, Louisiana Public Facilities Authority, LA
Secretary, Steve Chilton, Senior Vice President, MassDevelopment, MA

Joseph Branca, Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, NY
Steven Cohen, Deputy Commissioner/EVP, Empire State Development Corporation
Gregory Cole, Program, Manager, Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development, MD
Gene Eagle, Vice President, Arkansas Development Finance Authority, AR
Terry Finn, President, Stern Brothers & Co., St. Louis, MO
Richard Frampton, Vice President, Illinois Finance Authority, IL
Jeffrey Freese, Managing Director, KeyBanc Capital Markets, OH
Maureen Hassett, Senior VP, New Jersey Economic Development Authority, NJ
Harry Huntley, Executive Director, South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority, SC
Courtney Knight, Managing Director, Invest Atlanta
Doug Lamb, Partner, McGuire Woods LLP, VA
Jeffrey Lee, Senior VP, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Bob Lind, Director, Business Finance, City of Minneapolis, MN
David Massa, Senior Vice President, U.S. Bank
Tina Neal, Principal, Perseverance Capital Advisors LLC, VA
Richard Palank, Senior Vice President, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, MO
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
Gurbax Sahota, President & CEO, California Association for Local Economic Development, CA
Carlton Schwab, President & CEO, Texas Economic Development Council
Gary Smith, President/CEO, Chester County Industrial Development Authority, PA
James Snyder, Partner, Ice Miller
Sean Spear, Executive Director, California Debt Limit Allocation Committee, Treasurer's Office, CA
Cheryl Strickland, First Vice President, Stifel Nicolaus & Company, Inc.
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
Legislative Representative, Eric Silva, Winston & Strawn, Washington, DC

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.

Toby Rittner, President & CEO, 614-224-1300
Katie Kramer, Vice President, 614-224-1316
Jason Rittenberg, Director, Research & Advisory Services, 614-224-1315
Emily Moser, Program Manager, 614-224-1300
Lori Griffin, Chief Financial Officer, 614-224-1300
Kimberly Deardurff, Manager, Development, 614-224-1335
Samantha Lynch, Manager, State Programs Outreach (Southern Region), 614-224-1300
Kelly Danison, Manager, State Programs Outreach (Mid-America Region), 614-224-1325
Tessie Smith, Manager, State Programs Outreach (Western Region), 614-224-1327
Kevin White, Legislative & Federal Affairs Coordinator, 614-224-1317
Pete Mathews, Resources Coordinator, 614-224-1317
Kara Knight, Training Coordinator, 614-224-1343
Jakob Dyck, Program Coordinator, 614-224-1300
Katherine Sims, Resources Coordinator, 614-224-1300
Sam Stouffer, Research Intern, 614-224-1317
Eric Silva, Legislative Representative, Winston & Strawn, 202-282-5745
Tony Q. Smith, Tax Increment Finance Course Advisor
Sam DeNies, Network Administrator

CDFA mailing address:

Council of Development Finance Agencies
100 E. Broad Street, Suite 2200
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-224-1300

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.