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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.


Joseph Ben-Israel

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

Acting Deputy Administrator
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Joseph Ben-Israel is Assistant Deputy Administrator for USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Programs.  He oversees a diversified portfolio of more than $9.8 billion in direct and guaranteed loan and grant program investments.  The Community Facilities Programs (CF) provide access to capital to help rural communities develop or improve their community infrastructure and essential facilities for public use in rural areas. 
 
Joseph has taken a leadership role in facilitating and strengthening public-private partnerships with the capital credit markets, institutional investors and industry experts.  He has brought together critical financial, project development and technical expertise, resources and innovation to help rural communities spur economic growth, create jobs and improve access to health, education and other critical facilities and services.
 
Joseph is the former Chief for USDA Rural Development’s Business and Renewable Energy direct and guaranteed loan and grant programs.  Prior to coming to Washington, D.C., Joseph served as California’s Statewide Coordinator, where he administered USDA Rural Development’s Business and Community Facilities programs.  He also has field office experience and worked as a financial analyst and loan officer for a financial lending institution, managing a diverse portfolio of direct and guaranteed loan programs for businesses and agricultural producers.    
 
Joseph is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California.  


Michele Boyd

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

Program Manager, Strategic Analysis and Institutional Support
U.S. Department of Energy

Michele Boyd is the program manager of the Strategic Analysis and Institutional Support team in the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) at the U.S. Department of Energy. Theteam supports the development of analysis, tools, and data resources to reduce the non-hardware (soft costs) of solar energy and accelerates learning through technical assistance programs and national partnerships. Previously, Michele was the government relationsmanager at Abengoa Solar, where she developed and implemented strategies to advance effective financing, siting, and transmission policies for solar. Michele has two Bachelors of Science degrees in biology and environmental science from Purdue University anda Master’s of Science in environmental policy from the University of Michigan.

Michele has two Bachelors of Science degrees in biology and environmental science from Purdue University and a Master’s of Science in environmental policy from the University of Michigan.



Craig Buerstatte

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

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Regional Affairs
U.S. Economic Development Administration

Craig Buerstatte is an entrepreneurial public servant who is passionate about building teams, businesses, and communities for the future. He first honed his innovation skills in remote areas of Iraq as an Army Officer, developing new supply chain solutions and infrastructure when resources were strained. Craig leveraged this experience to jump into entrepreneurship, founding a technology firm and investing in startups in Austin, Texas, before returning to public service to help the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grow its Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (OIE). As Director for OIE, he led new policy initiatives and grant programs that promoted technology innovation and talent development as tools for economic development—growing the portfolio nearly 400% and scaling its impacts to over $1.6 billion in private investment capital and 14,000 jobs.

Today, Craig serves as EDA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Affairs, responsible for the implementation, growth, and evaluation of EDA’s economic development programs and policies. This work brings together the tools and expertise across EDA’s six regional offices, national program teams, and performance division to create more robust and resilient regional economies across America.

Craig also serves as a member of the Federal Innovation Council, a team of civil servant leaders advising the Partnership for Public Service on strategies to move the Federal Government into a modern, 21st Century enterprise. When not trying to push government forward, he can be found digging in his evergreen garden on Capitol Hill or kayak fishing somewhere around the DMV.

Craig’s foundation in economic development can be traced through his education. He earned a B.S. in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.


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.


Karen Fligger

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

Deputy Director, WIFIA Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Karen Fligger is the Deputy Directory of EPA’s WIFIA Management Division and has led various aspects of the program, including developing processes and procedures, outreach and communication, and project selection, since the program’s inception. Over her EPA career, she built her water infrastructure expertise through her work with the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, Clean Watersheds Needs Survey, Urban Waters, and WaterSense programs. Prior to joining EPA, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua. Karen has a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies from George Washington University and a M.S. in Natural Resource Planning from University of Vermont.


Malcolm Guy

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

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

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

Investing in Critical Community Facilities
Tuesday August 24 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, Marketing & Communications
Economic and Community Development Institute




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 $1.5 billion 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 southwest region. Mitchell joined EDA in Austin as a Presidential Management Fellow upon completing his master’s degree in Regional Planning at Cornell University.


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. 


Joan Keiser

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

Management & Program Analyst
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Joan recently returned to federal service at the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) after two years working on the ReConnect Program as a contractor with Corner Alliance, Inc. Joan provided technical assistance to RUS staff, applicants, awardees, and other stakeholders regarding ReConnect. She designed and presented training related to ReConnect, supporting in-person workshops, webinars, and virtual training sessions, managed Help Desk inquiries, and lent her expertise in telecommunications, financial assistance management and rural communities across the spectrum of stakeholders with an interest in broadband internet and the ReConnect Program. During her first period of service with RUS, Joan worked on the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program.

She currently supports all of the RUS Telecommunications programs including ReConnect, DLT, Community Connect, the Infrastructure lending program and the Rural Broadband Access instituted by the 2018 Farm Bill, by researching policy and system development issues, providing updates to key organizational documents, and planning for outreach on Telecommunications programs.

Joan also spent almost 10 years at the Department of Homeland Security, managing a high profile portfolio of grants and cooperative agreements across the department, and providing FOIA and audit liaison services for a $4 billion procurement office.

Prior to federal service, Joan spent about 15 years lobbying for the rural electric cooperatives at NRECA and the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association. She has deep experience in federal legislation affecting USDA, RUS, telecommunications, appropriations, taxes, the federal budget process and rural community development.


Katie Kramer

Restoring Local Economies with Federal Partners
Tuesday February 9 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 President of the Board for the Ohio Statewide Development Corporation and serves on the advisory board for Eldon & Elsie Ward Family YMCA.


John Miklozek

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

Director, Grants Division
U.S. Department of Agriculture

John Miklozek is the Director of the Grants Division in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). He is responsible for overseeing the implementation of AMS’ portfolio of grants benefiting agricultural marketing, local foods, specialty crops, and other commodities. Working in Federal grants for over 15 years, he’s implemented a variety of grant programs, which benefit minority-serving institutions, industry associations, and small and mid-level agricultural producers. His focus is consistently on easing access, streamlining processes, and increasing understanding of managing USDA grants.

In 2020, John worked with the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Office of Federal Financial Management (OFFM) through a 1-year fellowship. In this capacity, he helped develop and implement policy to assure that Federal financial management policy and practices improves government accountability and transparency. John earned a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science from Indiana University at Bloomington and a Master of Public Administration from George Mason University. He resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and two children.


Lindsay Miller

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

Partner
Ice Miller LLP

Lindsay Miller is an attorney with the Public Affairs and Government Law Group. With nearly fifteen years of experience in technology initiatives, Lindsay has a reputation in the broadband and telecommunications arena of being a strong advocate with a successful track record in building relationships with public and private sector stakeholders. Lindsay regularly advises municipalities on how to utilize Public-Private Partnerships for fiber and Wi-Fi expansion in order to build smarter cities and leverage the Internet of Things (IoT). This includes providing guidance and counseling to multi-sector leaders as they seek to develop and finance Smart City infrastructure, and implement policies to enable developing technologies, such as connected/ autonomous vehicles (CAVs).

Prior to joining the Firm, Lindsay served as the Executive Director for Connect Ohio, a nonprofit organization focused on facilitating broadband access, adoption, and use throughout the state of Ohio. Lindsay led Connect Ohio’s involvement in state technology initiatives and community broadband planning. Lindsay’s previous experience also includes working as Counsel for Broadband Research and Planning for a national nonprofit organization, Connected Nation. In this role, Lindsay prepared regulatory filings before state and federal agencies and formulated policy recommendations regarding broadband expansion. Lindsay also formerly worked in the Office of Chairman Julius Genachowski at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Lindsay participated on an internal FCC task team that developed a national computer and internet program for low-income Americans, and created orders for pending appeals through the FCC’s Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund (“E-rate”).

In 2007, Lindsay received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Kentucky, summa cum laude. She received her juris doctorate and Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University in 2013.


Jorge Morales

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

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

Jorge Morales has been a Community Planning and Development Specialist and Loan Origination Officer at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 108 Loan Guarantee Assistance Program since 2014. Jorge is an experienced Community and Economic Development professional with over 22 years in the CPD, Housing, and Economic Development programs. His extensive background includes the directing of Housing and Economic Development Departments in both large and small cities. He was instrumental in the development of a multimillion-dollar convention center project which included $22 million of Section 108 funds and the establishment of a “municipal bank” using Community Development Block Grant funds. Jorge received his undergraduate degree from the University of Puerto Rico. Additionally, he holds master’s degrees in public administration and in business administration from Webster University, St Louis. He also holds an Economic Development Finance Professional Certification from the National Development Council. Jorge is a former U.S. Air Force officer and a Desert Shield/Storm veteran.


Erik Pechuekonis

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

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

Erik Pechuekonis is a Community Planning and Development Specialist who works with HUD’s Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program. He has been with HUD for 5-years and most of that time has been spent working on the Section 108 program. Prior to joining HUD, Erik served in Albania as a Peace Corps Volunteer where he worked with local municipalities on urban planning related issues. Before the Peace Corps, he worked as an urban planner at a local government in South Carolina. He has a master’s in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University and a Bachelors in Geography from University of Colorado Denver.


Jeff Reiman

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

President
The Broadband Group

Jeff Reiman, President of The Broadband Group, brings a comprehensive understanding of technology, capital market structure, and entrepreneurial leadership to assist clients in building structures that advance broadband network deployments and IoT implementation strategies for cities and large-scale development projects.

Prior to joining The Broadband Group, Mr. Reiman worked in the Boston office of Credit Suisse investment bank, on the Equities Sales and Trading Floor. Additionally, he has served on the International Sales & Marketing Team of Wave7 Optics, a Fiber-to-the-Home equipment supplier, managing the Mexico, Canada, and Caribbean sales regions.

Mr. Reiman began his career at the DC headquarters of a Presidential Campaign and is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in Government. He currently serves as President of the Harvard Club of Nevada. He is currently a member of the ULI Public Development Infrastructure Council (PDIC).


Gilbert Resendez

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

Broadband Program Specialist
U.S. Department of Commerce

Gilbert Resendez joined the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in July 2019 as a broadband program specialist with the BroadbandUSA program after completing his Master of Science in Public Policy & Management at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy. At Carnegie Mellon, he specialized his studies in technology and information policy. During his time at Carnegie Mellon, Mr. Resendez was an editor on the Heinz Policy Journal on the leadership board for Heinz’s ICMA student chapter. Mr. Resendez works on BroadbandUSA’s broadband infrastructure team coordinating partnerships and outreach with state and local governments on broadband programs and policy issues.
Prior to graduate school, Mr. Resendez worked as a legal assistant helping clients and community foundations with estate planning and business issues. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in entrepreneurship & innovation management in 2014 from the University of Portland.


Douglas Schultz

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

Director of Loan Guarantee Origination
U.S. Department of Energy

Mr. Douglas Schultz is the Director of Loan Guarantee Origination for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office (LPO). He leads LPO’s lending activities focused on innovative alternative energy projects in the U.S. including solar, wind, geothermal, biofuels, clean fossil, nuclear, and the related transmission and extraction infrastructure. An accomplished executive and proven innovator, Mr. Schultz has been active as a consultant, developer and lender in the energy and infrastructure sectors for over 20 years in the U.S. and abroad.

Prior to joining LPO, Mr. Schultz was a Senior Investment Officer at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). In the private sector, he was the Manager of Project Development and Finance at KMR Power Corporation, a global independent power company, directing the company’s development and financing of green field power projects and acquisitions throughout the Middle East, Asia and Africa. He was also a Principal Consultant at K&M Engineering and Consulting, an emerging market leader in public/private partnerships where he successfully advised governments and multilateral agencies around the world on privatization and Build-Own-Operate (BOO)/ Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) project implementation. Earlier in his career Mr. Schultz was an expert consultant with the international management and economic consulting firm of Nathan Associates focusing primarily on the evaluation and structuring of large public and private infrastructure projects.


Traci Smith

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

Business Loan & 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

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

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

Preserving Local Food Systems with Federal Financing
Tuesday December 14 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.


Debra Tropp

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

Principal
Debra Tropp Consulting

Over the course of her career, Ms. Tropp served in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, including Agricultural Economist, interim Staff Officer for the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (a competitive grant program that supports market research projects), Team Leader and Chief of the Farmers Market and Direct Farm Marketing Research Branch, and finally, Deputy Director of AMS's Marketing Services Division, which focuses on local and regional food system research and development. In this capacity, she served as the primary editor for the AMS-sponsored report "The Economics of Local Food Systems: A Toolkit to Guide Community Discussions, Assessments and Choices” (March 2016), and as a member of the four-person task force that framed and produced the Federal Reserve/USDA book "Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities” (August 2017).


Paul Webster

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

Director, Financial Management Division
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Mr. Webster has been an employee of HUD since 1972, beginning his career as an intern in HUD's Greensboro Office. He has worked on the Community Development Block Grant program since its enactment in 1974 and has been principally responsible for developing requirements for the Section 108 Loan Guarantee program. Mr. Webster became Director of the Financial Management Division in 1983. He received a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Alabama and a Masters of Business Administration degree from The George Washington University. His awards and honors include HUD’s Distinguished Service Award, Certificate of Merit, and membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, National Scholastic Honor Society for Business Students.



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