Technical Assistance


Daniel Aiello

Federal Programs for Affordable Housing Investment
Tuesday May 11 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Program Manager, Capital Magnet Fund
U.S. Department of the Treasury

Mr. Daniel Aiello is the Program Manager for the Capital Magnet Fund (CMF). Prior to becoming Program Manager, he served as CMF Associate Program Manager. In that role, he managed the Capital Magnet Fund funding round, including drafting funding notices, application materials, and program policies; developing review processes and criteria; and overseeing the development of the necessary IT systems.

Prior to transitioning to CMF, he was a Senior Policy and Program Officer for the New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC Program). In this role, Mr. Aiello had a variety of responsibilities related to the administration of the NMTC Program, including reviewing tax credit applications and conducting policy analyses. Prior to joining the CDFI Fund, he completed his master’s degree in public policy and management at the H. John Heinz III College of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his B.A. with highest honors in American Studies from Williams College.

Dennis Alvord

Restoring Local Economies with Federal Partners
Tuesday February 9 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development
U.S. Economic Development Administration

Dennis Alvord serves as EDA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development and Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for enterprise-wide operations and program execution. Mr. Alvord concurrently performed the duties of the Assistant Secretary and the Deputy Assistant Secretaries of Economic Development and Regional Affairs from April 2017 through March 2019.

Active in the Department, he was elected as Co-Chair of the Department Management Council, comprised of senior executives from all of Commerce’s principal operating units. Previously, as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary, he worked on a broad portfolio of department-wide management, operations, program and policy issues and co-chaired the Department of Commerce's 2016-17 Presidential Transition, coordinating efforts across the Department and with the White House and President Elect's Transition Team.

Preceding his Senior Advisor role, he led start-ups as Executive Director of BusinessUSA, a government-wide, multiagency customer service initiative that promoted and improved access to business assistance resources, and as Executive Director of the Department of Commerce’s CommerceConnect initiative, which simplified access to the Department’s business solutions.

Before joining the federal government, Mr. Alvord worked as a manager in the infrastructure finance group of an environmental and transportation consulting practice. Mr. Alvord holds a Master of Public Administration from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the State University of New York College at Cortland. He is a recipient of the 2015 President’s Award for Customer Service.

Joseph Baietti

Restoring Local Economies with Federal Partners
Tuesday February 9 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Community Development Specialist
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Joey has been working for HUD for 5 years. He initially started as a climate resilience specialist writing climate policy and the Environmental Justice Strategy for the Department. Presently, Joey works in the Financial Management Division as a loan finance officer for HUD’s Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program, which provides financing to states and local governments for community and economic development projects. Before coming to HUD, Joey was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga and he is currently attending school part-time at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service where he pursuing a Master of Urban Planning.

Alejandro Contreras

Expanding Capital Access to Preserve Small Businesses
Tuesday March 9 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Director of Preparedness, Communication and Coordination
U.S. Small Business Administration

Alejandro is the Director of Preparedness, Communication and Coordination for U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance. In his current role, Alejandro coordinates the SBA’s efforts to promote disaster preparedness, recovery and mitigation. Alejandro is also responsible for strengthening the SBA’s role in disaster recovery by building interagency coordination and leveraging private-public partnerships.

Alejandro joined the SBA in 2005, and has worked in various roles responding to many of the country’s most devasting and costly natural disasters, including: Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma (2005); Greensburg, Kansas Tornado (2007); Iowa Floods and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike (2008); BP Oil Spill (2010); Joplin, Missouri Tornado (2011); Hurricane Sandy (2012); Louisiana Floods (2016); Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria (2017); and Hurricanes Michael and Florence, and the California Wildfires (2018). Most recently, Alejandro has helped to coordinate SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Alejandro earned a bachelor’s degree in government from California State University of Sacramento and has a master’s degree in strategic public relations from George Washington University.

Malcolm Guy

Expanding Capital Access to Preserve Small Businesses
Tuesday March 9 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Federal Financing for Energy and Water Systems
Tuesday June 8 2:00 - 3:30 PM

The Federal Role in Financing Broadband
Tuesday September 14 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Preserving Local Food Systems with Federal Financing
Tuesday December 14 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Coordinator, Government & External Affairs
Council of Development Finance Agencies

As a Coordinator of Government & External Affairs at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), Malcolm Guy is primarily responsible for the organization’s government affairs and legislative activities. Mr. Guy manages relationships with federal agencies and coordinates advocacy efforts with CDFA’s legislative partners. His areas of focus chiefly include bond financing, federal financing programs, opportunity zones, and tracking economic development legislation.

In addition to his aforementioned principal duties, Mr. Guy manages several webinar series’ for CDFA and organizes several major projects. These have included the redesign of CDFA’s Resource Centers, Federal Financing Clearinghouse, the Online Resource Database, the production of a Rural Infrastructure Financing Guidebook, and various other internal projects. Mr. Guy has also been charged with updating CDFA's Bond Guide as well as managing the CDFA Federal Financing Clearinghouse.

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 and various other political entities involved in grassroots campaign organizing. Mr. Guy is a 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.

Robert Hanifin

Restoring Local Economies with Federal Partners
Tuesday February 9 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Project Development Lead
U.S. Department of Transportation

Robert is the Project Development Lead for transit and transit-oriented development projects at the Build America Bureau. In this capacity he works to expand and diversify the Bureau’s portfolio through industry outreach, market research, intergovernmental coordination, and project development activities. As an urban planner with a passion for transportation and economic development, he strives to integrate multimodal infrastructure investment, economic policy, and land use planning decisions.

Mitchell Harrison

Expanding Capital Access to Preserve Small Businesses
Tuesday March 9 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Program Analyst, RLF Coordinator
U.S. Economic Development Administration

Mitchell Harrison serves as the Revolving Loan Fund Coordinator for the Economic Development Administration. In this role, Mitchell focuses on strengthening the $850 million RLF portfolio by working with RLF Administrators across EDA’s regional offices. Before this, he managed projects along the U.S.-Mexico border with EDA’s Austin Regional Office in addition to RLF grants throughout the region. Mitchell joined EDA in Austin as a Presidential Management Fellow upon completing his master’s degree in Regional Planning at Cornell University. 
Mitchell served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras with the municipal development program after graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College.

Bennett Hilley

Federal Programs for Affordable Housing Investment
Tuesday May 11 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Deputy Director, Office of Recapitalization
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Bennett Hilley serves as the Assistant Director for Credit Review for HUD’s Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program where she oversees the origination of new loan guarantees as well as the credit review for the program’s existing loan portfolio. Prior to this role, she managed federal oversight of New York City’s $4.2 billion HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant for long-term recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Bennett is also involved at the neighborhood level in Washington, D.C., serving as an elected representative on Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4C, located in the northwest area of the District.
Bennett first joined the Department in August 2011 as a Presidential Management Fellow, working primarily with the CDBG Entitlement Program. Her fellowship included rotations at the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund at Treasury as well as at Purpose Built Communities, a non-profit in Atlanta, which supports holistic community revitalization efforts across the country. Before working at HUD, she worked for the City of Philadelphia primarily on zoning code updates and strategic redevelopment initiatives and for the Center for Planning Excellence, a non-profit working on hurricane recovery and comprehensive planning efforts in South Louisiana.
She received a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design in 2011 and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Emory University in 2006.  She has also received professional certifications from the National Development Council in both Housing Development Finance and Economic Development Finance. 

Katie Kramer

Restoring Local Economies with Federal Partners
Tuesday February 9 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Federal Programs for Affordable Housing Investment
Tuesday May 11 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Investing in Critical Community Facilities
Tuesday August 24 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Preserving Local Food Systems with Federal Financing
Tuesday December 14 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Vice President
Council of Development Finance Agencies

Katie Kramer is a Vice President at the Council of Development Finance Agencies and has been with CDFA since 2005. She is an accomplished non-profit executive with expertise in fundraising, grant writing, operations, and building organizational capacity. In her role at CDFA, she leads Government & External Affairs, provides technical assistance to communities, and builds strategic partnerships with foundations, federal agencies, and other industry non-profits to grow the professional acumen of CDFA members and the development finance industry at-large.

Ms. Kramer interacts with thousands of development finance practitioners each year, guiding them through their professional development and understanding of the diversity of development finance programs. She has developed numerous courses in the CDFA Training Institute, edited several CDFA publications, and designed marketing and communications collateral for the association. Her writing has been featured in publications and reports on development finance, including those commissioned by The Kresge Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, World Bank, U.S. Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. Department of Agriculture. She regularly speaks about development finance at national and local conferences and is a guest lecturer at The Ohio State University.

Previously, Ms. Kramer served as CDFA’s Director of Education & Programs and Development Director. Before joining CDFA, Ms. Kramer worked in the Assessment Division at Ballard & Tighe, Publishers as Project Coordinator where she managed projects involved with the development of standardized language tests. Prior to Ballard & Tighe, Ms. Kramer was employed by Scripps College as Assistant Director of the Annual Fund where she organized fundraising campaigns for alumnae, parents, and students.

She studied art history at Scripps College and holds a BA in English with honors from Cleveland State University. Ms. Kramer is a board member for the Ohio Statewide Development Corporation and serves on the advisory board for St. Agatha School.

Traci Smith

Expanding Capital Access to Preserve Small Businesses
Tuesday March 9 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Business Loan and Grant Analyst
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Traci Smith is a Business Loan and Grant Analyst in the Public Private Partnership Branch of USDA Rural Development’s Business and Cooperative Programs. She has held several positions over her 34-year career with the Agency. Most relevant as the Business Program Director in Michigan where she and her staff processed hundreds of millions of dollars in federal loans and grants to private businesses, non-profit groups and public entities throughout rural Michigan.

Seema Thomas

Restoring Local Economies with Federal Partners
Tuesday February 9 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Deputy Director
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Seema Thomas is the new Deputy Director for HUD’s Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program in the Financial Management Division in the Office of Block Grant Assistance. To date, she has been working on community development challenges for the past two decades. Her career has focused on developing and expanding innovative and inclusive initiatives to support communities from the neighborhood to the metropolitan scale, both domestically and internationally. Before joining HUD, she was an adjunct professor of urban sustainability at the University of the District of Columbia. In the past, she has consulted and worked for numerous organizations, such as the World Bank, DHS’s Science & Technology Directorate, Freddie Mac, the Urban Institute, and Oliver Wyman & Co. She holds a BSE from the University of Pennsylvania, a MUP from Harvard University, and an MPA from Princeton University.

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