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About CDFA

The Council of Development Finance Agencies is a national association dedicated to the advancement of development finance concerns and interests. CDFA is comprised of the nation’s leading and most knowledgeable members of the development finance community representing hundreds of public, private and non-profit development entities. Members are state, county and municipal development finance agencies and authorities that provide or otherwise support economic development financing programs as well as a variety of non-governmental and private organizations including bankers, underwriters, attorneys, financial advisors and other organizations interested in development finance.

The Council was formed in 1982 with the mission to strengthen the efforts of state and local development finance agencies fostering job creation and economic growth through the use of tax-exempt and other public-private partnership finance programs. Today, CDFA has one of the strongest voices in the development finance industry and regularly communicates with Capitol Hill, state and local government leaders and the Federal Administration. The Council provides a number of avenues for assisting the development finance industry including education, advocacy, research, resources and networking. CDFA is ultimately the conduit linking development finance professionals together.

-Board of Directors

CDFA is governed by a 32-member Board of Directors. Policy is developed by the Board of Directors based on committee recommendations and concerns of the membership. Click on the (More) links to learn even more about CDFA’s distinguished leaders.

-Staff & Advisors

Staff

CDFA is managed by a professional staff headquartered in Columbus, OH. The staff and various advisors carry out the day-to-day administration of the Council. To contact a member of the staff or an advisor, use the following information.

Council of Development Finance Agencies
100 E. Broad Street, Suite 1200
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: 614-705-1300


Toby Rittner Toby Rittner
President and CEO
614-705-1300 |
Toby Rittner is the President & CEO of Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), a national association dedicated to the advancement of development finance concerns and interests. CDFA is comprised of the nation’s leading and most knowledgeable members of the development finance community representing hundreds of... (More)
Tim Fisher Tim Fisher
Manager of Government Affairs
614-705-1309 |
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... (More)
Katie Williams Katie Williams
Director, Programming
614-705-1310 |
Katie Williams is the Director of Programming at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). Ms. Williams is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of programming including the CDFA Training Institute, state conferences, Opportunity Zone Conferences, DFCP Program and the National Summit. Katie also... (More)
Cayla Matsumoto Cayla Matsumoto
Manager, Research & Technical Assistance
614-705-1318 |
Cayla Matsumoto is currently a Manager of Research & Technical Assistance at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) where she oversees the organization's work in food finance, resiliency, brownfields water & energy.

Formerly the Director of Programming, she oversaw the CDFA Training Institute, workshops,... (More)
Hannah McConnell Hannah McConnell
Manager of Education
614-705-1305 |
As the Manager of Education, Hannah McConnell oversees the CDFA Training Institute; including online WebCourses and in-person programs, in addition to CDFA’s Summer School, and the Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program - a comprehensive certification program provided exclusively by CDFA.

Prior to... (More)
Noelle Sheets Noelle Sheets
Manager, Membership
614-705-1300 |
Noelle Sheets is the Membership Manager for the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). In this role, Ms. Sheets manages the development of recruitment and retention strategies to meet the demands of CDFA's growing membership. Noelle's main objective is to do whatever it takes to ensure CDFA member organizations... (More)
Adam Gumm Adam Gumm
Coordinator, Marketing & Communications
614-705-1307 |
Adam Gumm is the Coordinator of Marketing and Communications for the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) and has been with CDFA since July 2018. Mr. Gumm is responsible for executing CDFA marketing efforts through our print, web and social media channels. Adam assists in day-to-day content creation as well as... (More)
Malcolm Guy Malcolm Guy
Coordinator, Government & External Affairs
614-705-1306 |
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 development finance research activities. His areas of focus chiefly include Tax Increment Financing, Bond Financing, Tax Credits, and Special... (More)
Allison Rowland Allison Rowland
Coordinator, Research & Technical Assistance
614-705-1308 |
Allison Rowland is a Coordinator on the Research and Technical Assistance team at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). Allison carries out day-to-day activities and projects related to sustainability, including energy, water, and food systems. Allison is also currently working alongside the Kellogg... (More)
Meghan Wentz Meghan Wentz
Coordinator, Operations
614-705-1301 |
Meghan Wentz is the Operations Coordinator at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). Mrs. Wentz is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the CDFA Staff and Office. Her responsibilities extend from Human Resources, IT, and Accounting to Payroll and New Employee Orientation. She also works with the staff... (More)
Ariel Miller Ariel Miller
Associate, Research & Technical Assistance
614-705-1319 |
Ariel Miller is an Associate in the Research & Technical Assistance division at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). She is working on the W.K. Kellogg funded research project “Defining the Food System Asset Class,” through which CDFA is researching the potential for DFA's to become more engaged in... (More)

Advisors

James Carras James Carras
CDFA Housing Finance Course Advisor
Principal
Carras Community Investment, Inc.
James Carras is a member of the faculty at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and... (More)
Brian Cooper Brian Cooper
CDFA Bond Finance Course Advisor
Director
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
A twelve year veteran to the Public Finance and Economic Development arena Brian specializes in general... (More)
Brian Farnen Brian Farnen
Secretary & CDFA PACE Finance Course Advisor
General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer
Connecticut Green Bank
As General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer for the Connecticut Green Bank, Brian directs all legal,... (More)
Ellen Harpel PhD Ellen Harpel PhD
CDFA Incentives Course Advisor
President
Business Development Advisors
Ellen Harpel is the founder of Smart Incentives and president of Business Development Advisors LLC (BDA), an... (More)
Seth Kirshenberg Seth Kirshenberg
CDFA P3 Course Advisor
Partner
Kutak Rock LLP
Mr. Kirshenberg is a Partner in the Washington, DC office and is the firm’s co-chair of the national energy... (More)
Eric Silva Eric Silva
CDFA Legislative Representative
Principal
North South Government Strategies
Eric Silva serves as CDFA's Legislative Representative in Washington, DC. Eric has been an instrumental part... (More)
Tony Smith Tony Smith
CDFA TIF & Tax Credit Course Advisor
Executive Vice President
SB Friedman Development Advisors
Tony Q. Smith is an Executive Vice President with S. B. Friedman & Company, a development advisory firm based... (More)
Stephen Strnisha Stephen Strnisha
CDFA EB-5 Course Advisor
Chief Executive Officer
Cleveland International Fund
As CEO since March, 2012, Mr. Strnisha has been responsible for formulating and executing the Cleveland... (More)

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CDFA Legal & Financial Disclaimer
CDFA is not herein engaged in rendering legal, accounting, financial or other advisory services, nor does CDFA intend that the material included herein be relied upon to the exclusion of outside counsel or a municipal advisor. This publication, report or presentation is intended to provide accurate and authoritative general information and does not constitute advising on any municipal security or municipal financial product. CDFA is not a registered municipal advisor and does not provide advice, guidance or recommendations on the issuance of municipal securities or municipal financial products. Those seeking to conduct complex financial transitions using the best practices mentioned in this publication, report or presentation are encouraged to seek the advice of a skilled legal, financial and/or registered municipal advisor. Questions concerning this publication, report or presentation should be directed to info@cdfa.net.

CDFA Non-Discrimination Policy
The Council of Development Finance Agencies does not discriminate in any manner contrary to law or justice on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, veteran's status or national origin in its programs or activities, including employment, membership, participation and sponsorship.

CDFA Cancellation Policy
Written cancellations received by email or mail on or before 10 business days prior to the start of the events you are registered for will receive a refund less a $75 administrative charge. No cancellations will be received or refunds issued after this date, however, a substitute may attend at no additional charge. No refunds are given for no-shows; however, the registrant may request that course materials be sent. CDFA is not responsible for cancellations that were sent but never received. Please call to confirm receipt of any such requests. A cancellation confirmation email will be sent within 10 days. Please contact CDFA if you do not receive a confirmation.


CDFA National Sponsors

  • Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority
  • Baker Tilly Virchow Krause
  • BNY Mellon
  • Bricker & Eckler LLP
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Business Oregon
  • CohnReznick
  • FBT Project Finance Advisors LLC
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Frost Brown Todd, LLC
  • Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP
  • Ice Miller LLP
  • KeyBanc Capital Markets
  • Kutak Rock LLP
  • McCarter & English, LLP
  • McGuireWoods
  • MuniCap, Inc.
  • NW Financial Group, LLC
  • SB Friedman Development Advisors
  • Stern Brothers
  • Stifel Nicolaus
  • U.S. Bank
  • Wells Fargo Securities
  • Wilmington Trust
  • Z. The Bond Buyer
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