Technical Assistance


Angela Blatt

Bonds & Food Systems
Tuesday February 28 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Restoring Local Food Systems Through Finance
Tuesday November 28 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Director, Research & Technical Assistance
Council of Development Finance Agencies

As Director of Research & Technical Assistance with the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), Angela focuses on the W.K. Kellogg Foundation-funded initiative “Defining the Food System Asset Class,” whereby CDFA explores opportunities for the advancement of local and regional food systems using development finance tools. Through this initiative, Angela collaborates with communities across the country providing technical assistance and producing strategic plans for development finance strategies that meet infrastructure, agriculture, and small business needs to support equitable, local food economies. Angela leads CDFA’s Food Systems Finance Advisory Council, joining both the food and finance industries, administers CDFA’s Food Systems Finance Webinar Series, connecting food-related businesses and projects with development finance agencies, and manages the Food and Agriculture Finance Update monthly newsletter. In 2021, she gained certification as a Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) through the CDFA Training Institute.

A Navy Veteran, Angela holds two degrees from The Ohio State University: a Master of Public Administration with a focus on Food Policy from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, and a Bachelor of Science from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Anneliese McClurg

Access to Capital Tools & Food Systems
Tuesday April 25 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Targeted Tools & Food Systems
Tuesday June 27 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Coordinator, Research & Technical Assistance
Council of Development Finance Agencies

Anneliese McClurg is a Coordinator of Research & Technical Assistance at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). Anneliese is responsible for working on the Kellogg Foundation-funded food systems finance initiative and USDA Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training grant. This includes research for strategic plans, online resource centers, and webinars, writing for best practices documents, and providing support for technical assistance projects across the country. She also produces the CDFA Tax Credit and Rural Development Finance Update newsletter and is currently working on creating a Food Finance Best Practice Guidebook. Anneliese received a Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University.

Max Schell

Investment Tools & Food Systems
Tuesday August 29 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Intern, Research & Technical Assistance
Council of Development Finance Agencies

Rodney Wendt

Bonds & Food Systems
Tuesday February 28 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Executive Director
Washington Economic Development Finance Authority

Rodney Wendt has served as WEDFA’s Executive Director since 2007. He has been involved in public finance transactions for over 25 years, including many years as a public finance attorney in private practice prior to joining WEDFA. His greatest passion at WEDFA is bringing the public finance toolbox to innovation-promoting economic development projects, including research institutions and projects that create value from streams of waste products. He has helped WEDFA finance many critical economic development projects in Washington State, without using the State’s taxes or other funds. Rodney has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and law degree from the University of Michigan.

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