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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


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
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 the Research & Technical Assistance... (More)
Kimberly Deardurff Kimberly Deardurff
Vice President
614-705-1302 |
Kimberly Deardurff is a Vice President at the Council of Development Finance Agencies and has been with CDFA since 2012. In her role at CDFA, Mrs. Deardurff spearheads the Development division. She is responsible for planning, organizing and directing all of CDFA’s sponsorship, membership and partnership efforts.... (More)
Harry Allen Harry Allen
Research & Technical Assistance Coordinator
614-705-1315 |
As Director of Research & Technical Assistance with the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), Mr. Allen leads the day-to-day operations of the Research & Technical Assistance team. He also assists in the management of several contracts and events including the CDFA EDA RLF Best Practices Program and the National... (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)
Tim Fisher Tim Fisher
Manager, Government Affairs
614-705-1309 |
As the Manager of Government 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 Federal... (More)
Candace Frank Candace Frank
Manager, Membership
614-705-1300 |
Candace Frank is the Manager of Membership for the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). In this roll, Mrs. Frank manages the day-to-day operations of membership, assists with meeting planning and logistics for CDFA's various national events, manages CDFA's extensive database and manages the day-to-day bookstore... (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, water & energy.

Formerly the Director of Programming, she oversaw the CDFA Training Institute, workshops, seminars, BNY... (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)
Jennifer Malone Jennifer Malone
Coordinator, Administration
614-705-1301 |
Jennifer Malone is a Coordinator of Administration for the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). Mrs. Malone is responsible for working with fellow CDFA team members to deliver the organization’s day-to-day and programmatic operational elements including human resources, vendor management and event... (More)


James Carras James Carras
CDFA Housing Finance Course Advisor
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
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
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
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
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)

-CDFA Press Releases


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 National Sponsors

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