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Geoffrey Armes

Opportunity Zones and Rural Development featuring USDA and EPA [RECORDING]
Friday March 8 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Community Programs Specialist
U.S. Department of Agriculture




Roger Bohnert

Opportunity Zones and Transportation featuring DOT and EDA
Thursday August 22 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Director, Outreach and Project Development
U.S. Department of Transportation

Roger Bohnert brings a diverse transportation operations, project delivery and policy background to the Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau (the "Bureau").  He entered the Senior Executive Service in the Department of Transportation in 2003.
Roger is the Director of Outreach and Project Development in the new Build America Bureau within the Office of the Secretary of Transportation.  The mission of the Bureau is to improve transportation infrastructure investment through increased technical assistance to project sponsors, expanded access to DOT credit programs and enhanced utilization of private capital in public-private partnerships.  
As Director of Outreach and Project Development, Roger’s team serves as the single point of contact for project sponsors seeking to modernize or build transportation infrastructure. The Bureau serves as the single point of contact for states, municipalities and project sponsors.  The Bureau helps sponsors utilize federal transportation expertise, access federal transportation credit programs and explore ways to secure private capital in public private partnerships.  

Prior to his appointment to the Bureau, Roger served as the Deputy Associate Administrator of the Maritime Administration’s Office of Intermodal System Development, where he led initiatives to develop and fund port modernization projects.  He was the architect of the new StrongPorts program, which helps the Nation’s ports meet their modernization and expansion needs.  Roger was the agency lead for the TIGER discretionary grant program, which has allocated nearly $600 million to nearly fifty port and marine transportation projects since 2009. Roger also oversaw development of the America’s Marine Highway Program, which seeks to expand the use of our nation’s coastal and inland waters to transport freight and passengers more efficiently. 

Prior to joining the Maritime Administration, Roger was the Acting Director of the Office of Intelligence, Security, and Emergency Response and Military Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation.  While in the Coast Guard, he spent over thirteen years aboard Cutters, and sailed as Commanding Officer of two vessels.  His last assignment in the Coast Guard was as the Military Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation.  He was licensed as Master, vessels of unlimited tonnage, on all oceans.


James Carras

Opportunity Zones and Affordable Housing featuring HUD and USDA [RECORDING]
Thursday June 27 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Principal
Carras Community Investment, Inc.

James Carras is a member of the faculty at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Graduate School of Design as well as Tufts University’s Department of Urban Policy and Planning. He has been consulting with mission-driven organizations and government agencies as well as financial institutions and developers for the past 30 years. James and his consulting firm, Carras Community Investment, Inc., has facilitated the creation and capitalizationof over fifty community development corporations (CDCs), development financial institutions (CDFIs) and public private partnership initiatives. He is the author of numerous affordable housing and equity studies and revitalization plans and has served as the Founding Executive Director of the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders, the Founding President of the Broward Housing Partnership and the South Florida Community Land Trust. Prior to establishing his consulting business, he served as a Community Development Advisor to the Mayor of Boston and was the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Urban Reinvestment Advisory Group where he was awarded the John Hay Whitney Fellowship. Mr. Carras is recognized as a national development finance expert with a particular focus on New Markets Tax Credits, CDFI Fund, Opportunity Zones, the Community Development Financial Institution Fund and the Community Reinvestment Act.

Mr. Carras was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Sociology from Suffolk University in Boston, completed graduate work at Tufts University’s Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and received a Master’s Degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in Public Administration. He is certified by the National Development Council (NDC) as an Economic Development Finance Professional and completed NDC”s Rental Housing Finance course. He is also certified as a Leadership Facilitator by the Lincoln Land Institute.

Mr. Carras has published various articles and publications including ones focusing on New Markets Tax Credits for the American Planners Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Community Reinvestment Act for the American Planners Association, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, National League of Cities and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition and Affordable Housing Loan Consortia for the National Association for Affordable Housing Lenders.

He chairs the Broward Housing Council and is the former Chair of the Broward County Minority Economic Development Board as well as Vice Chair of the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Economic Development Advisory Board. He served as Vice Chairman of the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Board of Directors, and is currently a Coordinator the South Florida Harvard Kennedy School Network Coordinating Committee, and Vice Chair for the Broward Schools Committee for Harvard College. Mr. Carras has also served on the Board of Directors for St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, the Broward Alliance for Neighborhood Development, Haymarket Bank and advisory boards for the United Way of Broward County, Neighborhood Lending Partners and Paradise Bank. For eight years, he served as the Chairman for the Fort Lauderdale Greek Festival as well as the President of the Himmarshee Village Association.


Spencer Chretien

Opportunity Zones and Affordable Housing featuring HUD and USDA [RECORDING]
Thursday June 27 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Special Policy Assistant
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Spencer Chretien serves as a Special Policy Assistant in the Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson. In this capacity, Spencer has focused on Opportunity Zone best practices and has worked to help align the Opportunity Zone incentive with existing HUD programs and resources, and those of other agencies. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, Spencer worked in state policy before joining the team at HUD.


Tim Fisher

Opportunity Zones and Rural Development featuring USDA and EPA [RECORDING]
Friday March 8 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Opportunity Zones and Transportation featuring DOT and EDA
Thursday August 22 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Director, Government & External Affairs
Council of Development Finance Agencies

As the Director, Government & External Affairs, Tim Fisher is focused on advancing development finance policy interests at the state and national level, as well as defending the interests of CDFA members on Capitol Hill. In addition to leading CDFA advocacy efforts, Tim authors the annual CDFA Volume Cap Report, the CDFA Federal Policy Agenda, and CDFA federal policy white papers. Tim also coordinates CDFA research on microfinance and manages its international partnerships. Prior to joining CDFA, Fisher worked for the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission, where, under the direction of the Commission’s Public Policy officer, he authored reports on topics ranging from the state of Latino small business ownership in Ohio, to the cultural responsiveness of Ohio’s public institutions. Tim is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and his master’s degree in Latin American Studies.


David Foster

Opportunity Zones and Rural Development featuring USDA and EPA [RECORDING]
Friday March 8 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Acting Chief of Staff, Rural Business Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture

CED Specialist


Arielle Gerstein

Opportunity Zones and Rural Development featuring USDA and EPA [RECORDING]
Friday March 8 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Program Manager
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency




Jon Grosshans

Opportunity Zones and Rural Development featuring USDA and EPA [RECORDING]
Friday March 8 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Community Planner
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency




Malcolm Guy

Opportunity Zones and Affordable Housing featuring HUD and USDA [RECORDING]
Thursday June 27 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Coordinator, Government & External Affairs
Council of Development Finance Agencies

As a Coordinator in the Government & External Affairs division at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), Malcolm Guy is primarily responsible for the organization’s government affairs and legislative activities. His areas of focus chiefly include Bond Financing, Rural Financing, TIF, Special Assessments, Tax Credits, and coordinating legislative priorities. Mr. Guy has also been charged with updating CDFA's Bond Guide as well as producing a Rural Infrastructure Development Guidebook.

In addition to his aforementioned principal duties, Mr. Guy manages several webinar series’ for CDFA and assists with work on EPA Brownfields. He is also tasked with rebuilding CDFA’s Federal Financing Clearinghouse and State Programs Database.

Prior to joining CDFA, Mr. Guy was an Intern in the United States Senate. Mr. Guy also worked with a non-profit climate action group, as well as various political entities involved in grassroots campaign organizing.

Mr. Guy is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University. He is the proud holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, with Minors in City & Regional Planning, as well as in International Relations.


Martha E. Hanson

Opportunity Zones and Affordable Housing featuring HUD and USDA [RECORDING]
Thursday June 27 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Finance and Loan Analyst
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Martha Hanson started her career with the Agency in 1981 in Pennsylvania. She worked in a District Office as well as the State Office there before joining the National Office Staff in 2014. She’s very familiar with all aspects of Multi-Family - from loan making, to loan servicing and transfers.


Gail Lewis

Opportunity Zones and Transportation featuring DOT and EDA
Thursday August 22 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Director, Office of International Affairs and P3 Initiatives
Arizona Department of Transportation

Gail Lewis is the Director of P3 Initiatives and International Affairs for the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). In this position, Gail heads up the agency’s public private partnerships unit, identifying, analyzing and managing P3 projects. Successful projects have included P3s for rest areas, highways and ADOT assets such as real estate. Gail also leads ADOT’s work with Mexico, guiding the Department’s intergovernmental work in Arizona’s border communities and with the US and Mexican federal governments.
Prior to joining ADOT, Gail headed the Government Relations Office for ADOT, worked for the Office of the Governor as a Policy Advisor for trade, transportation and economic development, began the Office of Economic Development for Arizona State University, and worked for two Phoenix mayors.

Gail has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and International Relations from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. She is active in many professional and civic organizations and is the mother of two great sons.


Doug Lynott

Opportunity Zones and Transportation featuring DOT and EDA
Thursday August 22 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Director, Economic Development Integration
Economic Development Administration




Peter Mancauskas

Opportunity Zones and Transportation featuring DOT and EDA
Thursday August 22 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Financial Program Manager
Federal Highway Administration Office of Innovative Program Delivery

Peter joined the CIFS team in 2017 focusing on GARVEE, SIB/Sec. 129 Loan programs. Before joining the CIFS team, he served as the Finance Manager and Program Development Team Leader in the FHWA Vermont Division from 2007-2017. While working in Vermont, Peter additionally participated in several other initiatives, including the Financial Management Improvement Initiative, TIGER National Review Team, FMIS Modernization, and completed a rotational assignment with the Federal Lands Highway Finance Program office.

Prior to joining FHWA, Peter worked for Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS-ICE). He served within the CFO’s office, acting as supervisor and branch chief of intergovernmental agreements and receivables, primarily responsible for administering over 4 billion dollars in active government contracts and working with the financial offices of nearly all other government agencies. Before working for ICE, Peter worked for DHS-Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) as a program analyst. He started his career in Federal government with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (US-INS) in 2002.


Jacqueline Ponti-Lazaruk

Opportunity Zones and Rural Development featuring USDA and EPA [RECORDING]
Friday March 8 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Chief Innovation Officer
U.S. Department of Agriculture




Susan Woolard

Opportunity Zones and Rural Development featuring USDA and EPA [RECORDING]
Friday March 8 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Acting Branch Chief
U.S. Department of Agriculture





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