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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

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
614-705-1299 |
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
614-705-1300 |
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)
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 CDFA’s Development Division which is primarily responsible for meeting logistics, sponsorship, membership and partnership efforts. Noelle's main objective is to do... (More)
Jerad Groves Jerad Groves
Senior Director, Programming
614-705-1307 |
As the Senior Director of Programming, Jerad Groves oversees the development, quality, and execution of CDFA’s programming, including education and professional development courses, online and in-person workshops and lectures, and a variety of networking events. As part of CDFA’s senior staff, Jerad contributes to the... (More)
Mitchell Smith Mitchell Smith
Director of Government Affairs
614-705-1308 |
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... (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 responsible for working with fellow CDFA team members to deliver CDFA’s day-to-day organization administration and operational elements including vendor management and office administration. Her responsibilities... (More)
Fawn Zimmerman Fawn Zimmerman
Director, Council of Development Finance Agencies
614-705-1305 |
Fawn Zimmerman is a Director at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) working to create, develop, and execute programming which will help minority small businesses gain more access to capital. She works closely with CDFA Vice President, Katie Kramer, on specific programs designed to empower communities by... (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, Programming
614-705-1303 |
As the Director of Programming, Genna is responsible for overseeing all of the events, in-person and virtual, offered by CDFA and the day-to-day management of the Programming team. This includes virtual training courses, webinars, CDFA's Virtual Summer School, the Development Finance Certified Professional Program (DFCP),... (More)
Angela Blatt Angela Blatt
Director, Research & Technical Assistance
614-705-1306 |
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... (More)
Ariel Miller Ariel Miller
Director, Research & Technical Assistance
614-705-1319 |
Ariel Miller is a Director of Research & Technical Assistance with the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). Her research topics include revolving loan funds, access to capital for underserved borrowers, infrastructure finance, and public-private partnerships. She has also contributed to CDFA's food finance... (More)
Ronita Jackson Ronita Jackson
Manager, Membership
614-705-1300 |
As the Membership Manager, 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. However, she... (More)
Ikhlas Ahmed Ikhlas Ahmed
Coordinator, Programming
614-705-1309 |
Ikhlas Ahmed is a Coordinator in the Programming Division at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). Ikhlas is responsible for helping coordinate the day-to-day administration of various CDFA programming events. She contributes to the team by assisting the Director of Programming in building and executing... (More)
Brendan Barry Brendan Barry
Coordinator, Research & Technical Assistance
614-705-1314 |
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, numerous policy papers, and... (More)
Olivia Long Olivia Long
Coordinator, Development
614-705-1310 |
Olivia Long is a Coordinator in the Development Division at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). Olivia is responsible for assisting in CDFA’s sponsorship, membership and partnership efforts. Her goal is to make sure that members of CDFA receive the best customer service possible. Olivia has 5+ years of... (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 Foundation-funded food systems finance initiative and USDA Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training grant. This includes research for... (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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