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Joe Andronaco

Funding Community Energy Needs with the Department of Energy
Tuesday August 23 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Senior Advisor
U.S. Department of Energy

Joe is an accomplished and experienced multi-industry (energy efficiency, sustainability, utilities, investment banking) and international leader with a proven talent for strategic thinking and operational excellence. Tactical executor of long-term plans who has a keen eye for opportunities and the business acumen to capitalize on them. Capable of leveraging the expertise gained from engaging in more than $3+ Billion of financial and strategic transactions into impactful and transformational decision making. Joe began his career supporting the Natural Resources and Real Estate groups at Lehman Brothers, where among a number of deals he worked on Sunoco's $1bn restructuring of its real estate portfolio. Subsequently, Joe worked at Buenos Aires Capital Partners for three years where he worked on a number of deals, including the privatization of the $1 Billion Hydro-electric Infrastructure.

Upon his return to the US, Joe jointed WGL Holdings' (Washington Gas') Strategy Department where he supported the company's unregulated businesses, including Washington Gas Energy Services (energy marketing) and Washington Gas Energy Systems (energy conservation / ESCO). He later joined a local entrepreneur to build USA Technology Services into one of the region's most successful HVAC companies (through subsidiary Argent Heating and Cooling). He later spent a decade building Access Green into one of the nation's rew career incubators for returning citizens working in the lighting and mechanical systems industries. He has spent the 1 1//2 years at the Department of Energy reviewing more than 100 applications of innovative clean energy technology companies and supporting the advancement of nearly 20 ithrough the DOE LPO application pipeline.


Nicole Boone

Tools for Economic Growth with Treasury and SBA
Tuesday December 13 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Vice President of Capital Markets
Lendistry

Nicole Boone has over 14 years of experience in the banking, real estate and community development finance industry. At Lendistry, she is responsible for leading the capital strategy across all government program funding and other community capital products. Nicole previously served as Executive Director, Senior Commercial Banker within Community Development Banking at JP Morgan Chase Bank, specializing in New Markets Tax Credit equity. In her time there, she deployed over $400 million in New Markets Tax Credit financing across nearly 40 deals. She also created and led the first-ever Community Development Banking Racial Equity Special Purpose Credit Program (SPCP) targeting Black Americans. SPCP resulted in the deployment of an additional $200 million of tax credit financing, across fifteen transactions supporting black businesses and non-profits nationally. A graduate cum laude of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, Ms. Boone also serves on the Board of Directors at Excellent Education Development (ExED), the Local Advisory Council of LISC LA, and is on the Executive Leadership Team at The Way Los Angeles.


Craig Buerstatte

Capacity Building Programs from EDA and NIST
Tuesday March 1 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.


Chris Castro

Funding Community Energy Needs with the Department of Energy
Tuesday August 23 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Chief of Staff
U.S. Department of Energy

Christopher Castro previously served as the Senior Advisor to Mayor Buddy Dyer and Director of Sustainability & Resilience at the City of Orlando, Florida. Castro is well known for his entrepreneurial efforts prior to his work in Orlando, including being the co-founderand president of several companies and organizations, including the global sustainability nonprofit IDEAS For Us, the clean energy consulting firm Citizen Energy, and the urban farming social enterprise Fleet Farming. In 2020, Castro was also a founding directorof Climate First Bank, the first B Corp community bank in Florida working to advance environmental, social, and governance principles and local investing in sustainability and decarbonization solutions. Originally from Miami, Florida, Castro holds a B.S. in environmental science and policy from the University of Central Florida.


Misty Crosby

Creating More Equitable Environments with the EPA
Tuesday June 14 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Executive Director
Buckeye Hills Regional Council

Experienced Executive Director with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Budgeting, Government, Volunteer Management, and Documentation. Strong business development professional with a BS focused in Organizational Management from Ohio Valley University. Views and opinions expressed are my own and not necessarily those of Buckeye Hills Regional Council.


Lisa Dargis

Tools for Economic Growth with Treasury and SBA
Tuesday December 13 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Outreach Manager
U. S. Department of the Treasury

Lisa is an Outreach Manager for the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. She serves as the liaison to a portfolio of jurisdictions to support their successful deployment of SSBCI funds. Prior to joining the Treasury in August of 2022, she managed the SSBCI Unit for the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development. During her ten years at the State of Minnesota, she created and administered a variety of finance programs to assist businesses throughout their lifecycle. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s University.


Brett Doney

Capacity Building Programs from EDA and NIST
Tuesday March 1 2:00 - 3:30 PM

President & Chief Executive Officer
Great Falls Montana Development Authority

Brett Doney leads the Great Falls Development Authority, a public/private economic development partnership serving the 12-county Great Falls Montana trade area. Doney has over 30 years of experience in urban and rural community economic development. Prior positions include: President/CEO of Enterprise Maine, a family of community economic development organizations dedicated to creating economic opportunity and enhancing the quality of life in rural western Maine; Director of the Ft. Devens Reuse Center, a 9,600 acre army base redevelopment planning effort in Massachusetts; and, President of Doney Associates, a Boston-based consulting firm focused on urban revitalization, public/private real estate development, and innovative economic development.

Doney’s team efforts have won awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the American Economic Development Council, the International Economic Development Council, the National Association of Development Organizations, the Finance Authority of Maine, the Montana Economic Developers Association, and the National Brownfield Conference. His professional certifications include Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR), Senior Leader of Corporate Real Estate (SLCR), American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), RMA Credit Risk Certification, Federal Grants Management, and Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP). He is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute of the University of Oklahoma. Doney earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Doney has taught, given presentations, and served on technical advisory teams for a variety of state, national and international economic development and industry organizations. He currently serves on the boards of the Montana Economic Developers Association, the Great Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau (Chair), the Downtown Development Partnership of Great Falls (Chair), and the Upper Missouri River Heritage Area Planning Corporation. He serves on the International Economic Development Council’s Accreditation and Public Policy Advisory Committees, as the Montana Government Relations Chair for the International Council of Shopping Centers, and on the McLaughlin Research Institute’s National Development Council. He is an active Rotarian and past President of the Great Falls Rotary Club.


Karen Fligger

Creating More Equitable Environments with the EPA
Tuesday June 14 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.


Peter H Huber

Affordable Housing Financing Resources from HUD
Tuesday April 12 2:00 - 3:30 PM

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

Peter is the Deputy Director of CPD’s Office of Affordable Housing Programs, which is the office that administers the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, the Housing Trust Fund Program, and the HOME-ARP Program. Peter has been in this position since 2015, but he has been in the Office of Affordable Housing Programs since coming to HUD in 2003 – first as an Affordable Housing Specialist in the Program Policy Division, and then later as the Director of the Financial and Information Services Division.

Prior to coming to HUD, Peter was Deputy Director for Housing and Community Development in Chester County, Pennsylvania where he administered CDBG, HOME, ESG, Continuum of Care programs, CSBG, and several Pennsylvania State housing and community development programs.


Jerome W. Jones

Tools for Economic Growth with Treasury and SBA
Tuesday December 13 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Lender Relations Specialist
U.S. Small Business Administration

Jerome W. Jones is a Lender Relations Specialist with The U. S. Small Business Administration. Prior to joining the SBA Jones was a Certified Business Advisor with The Ohio Small Business Development Center at Columbus State Community College and Managing Member of The Dan-Ash Group, LLC. He has also served as VP of Lending with the Economic and Community Development Institute, the Vice President of Business Services at Telhio Credit Union where he was responsible for the business loan department, Vice President of Community Development Lending for Key Bank, and a senior loan officer for Community Capital Development Corp.

Jones is also very active in the Central Ohio community, having served on the United Way of Central Ohio Finance Committee and the City of Columbus Loan Review Committee, as well as having served as a board member of the Columbus Urban League. Jones is a recipient of the SBA Financial Services Champion Award, The Frank W. Watson Advocate Award, is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional, a Certified Business Advisor and attended Jackson State University and Franklin University


David Lloyd

Creating More Equitable Environments with the EPA
Tuesday June 14 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Director, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

David Lloyd is the Director of the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization in the EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. Mr. Lloyd assumed this position in January of 2006. Prior to this, he held a variety of positions in the areas of private and Government legal practice, real estate operations, and development. Mr. Lloyd received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University and a law degree from Washington and Lee University in 1988. David is a proud citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives in Washington, DC and the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.


Michelle Madeley

Creating More Equitable Environments with the EPA
Tuesday June 14 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Environmental Protection Specialist
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Michelle Madeley works in EPA’s Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Finance Center, co-leading a new technical assistance initiative to help underserved communities access water infrastructure funding made available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). She previously worked in EPA’s Office of Community Revitalization, where she worked with communities planning for more sustainable, equitable, and thriving neighborhoods, downtowns, and regions. Michelle joined EPA as a Presidential Management Fellow and has also worked with the Economic Development Administration and FEMA. Prior to federal service, Michelle worked in research, advocacy, and on small, diversified vegetable farms. She earned dual Masters degrees in Public Health and City and Regional Planning from UNC Chapel Hill.


Jorge Morales

Affordable Housing Financing Resources from HUD
Tuesday April 12 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.


Chad Parker

Tools for Rural Communities from USDA
Tuesday October 25 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Deputy Administrator, Community Programs
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Chad Parker has worked with USDA Rural Development for 30 years and is currently serving as the Deputy Administrator, Community Facilities. He is responsible for Community Facilities Direct Loans, Guaranteed Loans, and Grants, Emergency Rural Health Care Grants, Tribal College Grants, Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grants and the Rural Community Development Initiative.

Chad has previously served as Deputy Administrator in USDA Rural Development’s Telecommunication Programs; Cooperative Programs; Business Programs; and Single-Family Housing Programs.

Chad holds a M.B.A. and a B.S. from the Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech.


Pravina Raghavan

Capacity Building Programs from EDA and NIST
Tuesday March 1 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Director, Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Pravina joined NIST with more than 20 years of experience providing advisory services to businesses in the startup, growth, expansion and maturity phases of development. She most recently served as executive vice president in the Division of Small Business and Technology Development for Empire State Development, the New York State economic development agency. In that role, she led and managed the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership, which provides more than $10 billion in economic impact for the state; created and implemented the $100 million New York Forward Loan Fund and Empire State Digital resource for COVID-19 small business recovery; and designed and implemented the state’s $800 million COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Grant Program.

She also served as deputy associate administrator of investment and innovation at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and was responsible for the Small Business Investment Companies Program, Small Business Innovation Research Program and High Growth Entrepreneur initiatives. She also served as district director for SBA’s New York District Office.

Pravina previously served as senior adviser to then-Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce H. Andrews. In that role, she worked on a large number of economic and operational issues across the department, including strategic planning and policy development on various topics including emergency management, economic development, international trade, weather, budget, contracts, staffing and technology development.


Mitchell Smith

Tools for Economic Growth with Treasury and SBA
Tuesday December 13 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Director, Government & External Affairs
Council of Development Finance Agencies

Mitchell Smith is the Director of Government and External Affairs at the Council of Development Finance Agencies and has been with CDFA since July 2022.
Previously, Mitchell worked from 2017 to 2022 for the Ohio Legislative Service Commission on the education research team and served as the committee staffer for the House of Representatives Primary and Secondary Education Committee. There, Mitchell drafted legislation and legal research memos on behalf of the Ohio General Assembly.
Prior to that, Mitchell worked in a myriad of industries, including as a forester for the City of Dublin, a student-athlete tutor at the Ohio State University, an Instructor at Ohio University, and a field agent for Environmental Testing Group in Bentonville, Arkansas.
A native of Bentonville, Arkansas, Mitchell attended the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, where he received his B.A. in American Studies and Political Science in 2009 and was a punter for the Razorbacks. Thereafter, he completed his M.A. in American History in 2013. He then relocated to Ohio University to complete a Ph.D. in American History. His specialization is in American diplomatic history, politics, and culture. He currently is completing his dissertation, tentatively entitled “The Politics of Assent: The Prowar War Movement in America’s Vietnam War, 1965-1975.”
Mitchell lives in Westerville, Ohio, with his wife, shiba inu, and two cats.


David Tancabel

Creating More Equitable Environments with the EPA
Tuesday June 14 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Environmental Policy Analyst
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

David Tancabel is an environmental policy analyst with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Protection Partnership Division, which develops tools and technical analyses to support state policymakers; local governments; and utility regulators as they develop, implement, and assess energy policies that aim to reduce emissions. Prior to joining the EPA, David served as the director of the Power Plant Research Program within the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, where he worked closely with developers, utilities, and the Maryland Public Service Commission.

David started his career with the US Navy as a submarine warfare officer, completing multiple submarine deployments before reporting to the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he evaluated foreign energy policy and infrastructure as an all-source intelligence analyst. After leaving active duty, David was the lead contractor for the Department of Defense (DoD) Siting Clearinghouse, where he de-conflicted renewable energy development with DoD testing, training, and operations.

David is currently a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy Reserve, serving as the operations department head for a Naval Reserve unit at the Office of Naval Intelligence. He holds a Master of Science in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University a Bachelor of Science in economics and finance from Boston College.


Seema Thomas

Affordable Housing Financing Resources from HUD
Tuesday April 12 2:00 - 3:30 PM

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

Seema Thomas is the 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.


Savin Ven Johnson

Affordable Housing Financing Resources from HUD
Tuesday April 12 2:00 - 3:30 PM

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

Savin Ven Johnson is the deputy director of the Office of Block Grant Assistance (OBGA) in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Community Planning and Development. OBGA is the policy office that oversees the multibillion-dollar annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, and related block grant programs such as CDBG Disaster Recovery, CDBG CARES Act, Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program, Recovery Housing Program, and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1200+ general units of local government and states. The program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through expansion and retention of businesses. In fiscal year 2022, Congress appropriated $3.3 billion to the CDBG program.
Savin comes to HUD after several years with FEMA where she led a number of initiatives in the agency’s response, recovery, and resilience mission spaces. Prior to joining the federal government, Savin had a career in nonprofits and international development organizations. Savin holds a Master in Global Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, MSc in Environmental Economics from Hiroshima University, Japan, and BA from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.



Christopher Warren

Tools for Rural Communities from USDA
Tuesday October 25 2:00 - 3:30 PM

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

Christopher Warren is a Business Grant and Loan Analyst with the Rural-Business Cooperative Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Christopher specifically works within the Public-Private Partnerships Branch under Rural Development (RD). During his time at RD, Christopher has helped connect RD’s state offices with resources from the federal government to better reach rural communities.


Ken Wiseman

Tools for Rural Communities from USDA
Tuesday October 25 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Management and Program Analyst
United States Department of Agriculture

Ken Wiseman is a Management and Program Analyst with the Rural Utilities Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Specifically, Ken is assigned to the Telecommunications Program, and he helps manage programs that provide grants and loans to expand broadband service to rural America. Ken grew up in rural North Carolina and joined the Navy after high school. Ken later earned a Master of Public Administration from Old Dominion University. Prior to joining USDA, Ken has worked in both the private and non-profit sectors holding both executive leadership and policy management positions. He currently lives in Virginia and is very active in his community supporting his fellow veterans and those still serving in the military.




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