Technical Assistance


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.


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 & 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)
Katie Kramer Katie Kramer
Vice President
1-614-705-1318 |
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,... (More)
Hannah McConnell Hannah McConnell
Senior Director, Programming
614-705-1305 |
As the Director of Programming, Hannah McConnell oversees the day-to-day activities and execution of CDFA programming including: the CDFA National Development Finance Summit, state events, tailored seminars and webinars, as well as the CDFA Training Institute, Summer School, and the DFCP program. Prior to joining CDFA, Ms.... (More)
Noelle Sheets Noelle Sheets
Senior Director, Development
614-705-1304 |
Noelle Sheets is the Senior Director of Development for the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). In this role, Ms. Sheets is responsible for leading and managing CDFA’s sponsorship, membership and partnership efforts. Noelle's main objective is to do whatever it takes to ensure CDFA member organizations receive... (More)
Jerad Groves Jerad Groves
Director, Marketing & Communications
614-705-1300 |
Joining CDFA in 2021 as Director of Marketing and Communications, Jerad is responsible for CDFA’s external marketing efforts, overseeing day-to-day communications and developing long term strategies and marketing plans. He works across all departments of CDFA, helping them promote their respective programs, publications,... (More)
Meghan Wentz Meghan Wentz
Director, Operations
614-705-1301 |
Meghan Wentz is the Director of Operations 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)
Eric Silva Eric Silva
CDFA Legislative Representative
202-930-1437 |
Eric Silva serves as CDFA's Legislative Representative in Washington, DC. Eric has been an instrumental part of CDFA's legislative success over the past two decades. Mr. Silva is a founding partner at NSGS. He began his career in Washington as a Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center and the Corporation For Enterprise... (More)
Genna Auteri Genna Auteri
Director, Education
614-705-1303 |
As Director of Education, Genna is responsible for coordinating and executing all of the virtual training courses offered by the CDFA Training Institute. Genna also plans and executes CDFA's Virtual Summer School, CDFA's largest educational event of the year. Genna oversees the Development Finance Certified Professional... (More)
Ariel Miller Ariel Miller
Director, Research & Technical Assistance
614-705-1319 |
Ariel Miller is a Research & Technical Assistance Director with the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). Her work is primarily focused on the W.K. Kellogg Foundation-funded initiative “Defining the Food System Asset Class,” through which CDFA is exploring how development finance can become more engaged in... (More)
Allison Rowland Allison Rowland
Director, Research & Technical Assistance
614-705-1308 |
As Director of Research and Technical Assistance for the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), Allison oversees all of CDFA’s food systems finance work, including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation-funded initiative to “define the food system asset class” to advance opportunities and leverage existing financing streams... (More)
Brendan Barry Brendan Barry
Coordinator, Research & Technical Assistance
614-705-1321 |
Brendan Barry is a Coordinator in the Research & Technical Assistance Division at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). Brendan is responsible for contributing to the CDFA Practitioner's Guide to Economic Development Finance 3rd Edition, the National Development Finance Summit, and various other internal... (More)
Ronita Jackson Ronita Jackson
Coordinator, Development
614-705-1300 |
As the Coordinator of Development, Ronita is responsible for CDFA’s extensive database systems, as well as membership and sponsorship support helping to ensure CDFA member organizations receive the highest level of customer service.Prior to joining CDFA, Ms. Jackson was raising her four kids with her husband in Ohio.... (More)
Anneliese McClurg Anneliese McClurg
Coordinator, Research & Technical Assistance
614-705-1315 |
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 and USDA grant. This includes research for strategic plans, writing for best practices document, research support for TA communities, as well as... (More)
Sydneigh McConnell Sydneigh McConnell
Coordinator, Programming
614-705-1316 |
As the Coordinator of Programming, Sydneigh is responsible for building and executing events, coordinating logistics, securing speakers, facilitating marketing, and providing pre-event/post-event management. These events include online webinars and in-person conferences, covering a variety of development finance tools and... (More)
Zeyu Zhang Zeyu Zhang
Coordinator, Research & Technical Assistance
614-705-1302 |
Zeyu Zhang is a Research & Technical Assistance Coordinator for the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). She contributes to the team by conducting research on development finance-related topics, generating reports, and performing data analysis.
Zeyu received her Ph.D. degree in Mass Communication at Ohio... (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 transactions 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.

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