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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.

Steven Chilton Steven Chilton
Senior Vice President
Steve joined MassDevelopment in 2004 as Senior Vice President – Investment Banking and manager of the... (More)
Arthur Cohen Arthur Cohen
Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP
Arthur M. Cohen is a partner in the public finance department of Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP. In his more... (More)
Greg Cole Greg Cole
Program Director
Maryland Department of Commerce
D. Gregory Cole was appointed Executive Director of the Maryland Industrial Development Financing Authority... (More)
Brian Farnen Brian Farnen
General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer
Connecticut Green Bank
As General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer for the Connecticut Green Bank (Green Bank), the nation’s first... (More)
Price Finley Price Finley
Bricker & Eckler LLP
Price Finley is a partner in Bricker & Eckler's Public Finance group. Price has over 20 years of experience... (More)
Terry Finn Terry Finn
Stern Brothers & Co.
Terry is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of investment banking experience, completed more than $2.5... (More)
Rich Frampton Rich Frampton
Executive Vice President
Illinois Finance Authority
Rich Frampton is Exective Vice President for the IFA’s Business/Industry segment and its 501(c)(3) Bond... (More)
Jeffrey Freese Jeffrey Freese
Managing Director
KeyBanc Capital Markets
Mr. Freese has over 25 years of experience in Public Finance and has been with KeyCorp for over 35 years.  As... (More)
Jeree L. Glasser-Hedrick Jeree L. Glasser-Hedrick
Executive Director
California Debt Limit Allocation Committee
Since January of 2015, Jeree Glasser-Hedrick is the Executive Director of the California Debt Limit... (More)
Maureen Hassett Maureen Hassett
Senior Vice President
New Jersey Economic Development Authority
Ms. Hassett serves as Senior Vice President, Finance and Development for the New Jersey Economic Development... (More)
Harry Huntley Harry Huntley
Executive Director
South Carolina Jobs Economic Development Authority
Harry Huntley joined JEDA in August 2008 as the Executive Director. JEDA is the statewide conduit issuer of... (More)
Mark Huston Mark Huston
Enterprise Manager
Development Capital Networks
Mark Huston joined Development Capital Networks team in April of 2013. As part of his duties, Mark is the... (More)
Steve Johnson Steve Johnson
Colorado Housing and Finance Authority
Steve Johnson leads the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority’s (CHFA) Community Development team which... (More)
Courtney Knight Courtney Knight
Public Financial Management
Courtney Knight join The PFM Group in October 2016 after a 25-year career in the municipal finance industry. ... (More)
Doug Lamb Doug Lamb
McGuireWoods LLP
Doug Lamb is a partner in the Richmond office of McGuireWoods, and he represents issuers, borrowers,... (More)
Jeffrey Lee Jeffrey Lee
Senior Vice President
New York City Economic Development Corporation
Jeffrey Lee is a Senior Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), where... (More)
Bob Lind Bob Lind
Senior Manager, Special Projects
City of Minneapolis
Bob Lind is Senior Manager of Special Projects for the Minneapolis Community Planning & Economic Development... (More)
David Massa David Massa
Senior Vice President
U.S. Bank
Dave currently manages the Northeast Corporate/Municipal Region with responsibility for approximately 95... (More)
David Misky David Misky
Assistant Executive Director
City of Milwaukee
Dave Misky is the Assistant Executive Director of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee, an... (More)
Tina Neal Tina Neal
Perseverance Capital Advisors LLC
Ms. Neal is Principal at Perseverance Capital Advisors LLC, a consulting and advisory firm that assists... (More)
James Parks James Parks
President and Chief Executive Officer
Louisiana Public Facilities Authority
Jim Parks joined the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority (LPFA) in August of 1995 and has served as its... (More)
Michael Pehur Michael Pehur
Development Finance Consulting Director
Duane Morris Government Strategies
As the Development Finance Director at DMGS, Michael brings over a decade of experience in economic... (More)
Tony Portuondo Tony Portuondo
Managing Director
The Bank of New York Mellon
Antonio Portuondo, is a Managing Director and President of The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company N.A., a... (More)
Patrick Ray Patrick Ray
Managing Partner
Kutak Rock LLP
Pat Ray, a proud member of the CDFA Board of Directors, is the Managing Partner of the Scottsdale Office of... (More)
Patrick Rutledge Patrick Rutledge
Public Finance Relationship Manager
Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta
Patrick Rutledge is Assistant Vice President and Public Finance Relationship Manager for FHLBank Atlanta’s... (More)
Gurbax Sahota Gurbax Sahota
President & Chief Executive Officer
California Association for Local Economic Development
Gurbax Sahota is an experienced association professional who believes in the importance and need to... (More)
John Saris John Saris
Business Service Manager
Business Oregon
John Saris is the Business Services Manager at Business Oregon. The mission of Business Oregon is to create,... (More)
Carlton Schwab Carlton Schwab
President & Chief Executive Officer
Texas Economic Development Council
Carlton Schwab has been President/CEO of the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) since February 1st,... (More)
Christopher Sheehan Christopher Sheehan
Stifel Nicolaus & Company, Inc.
Chris Sheehan has over 14 years of public and private finance experience and has successfully completed tax... (More)
Gary Smith Gary Smith
President and Chief Executive Officer
Chester County Industrial Development Authority
Gary W. Smith currently serves the Chester County Economic Development Council as President and CEO. He... (More)
James Snyder James Snyder
Ice Miller LLP
Jim's primary practice concentration is municipal finance, with an emphasis on economic development... (More)
Cam Turner Cam Turner
United Fund Advisors
Cam Turner is a founding member of United Fund Advisors, LLC (UFA) and co-heads all management and investment... (More)
John Wooten John Wooten
Director, Head of Municipal Placements
Wells Fargo Securities
Mr. Wooten leads the bank’s Municipal Placements division responsible for working with 501(c)(3)... (More)


-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 |
Mr. Rittner runs the day-to-day operations of the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), which includes management of a 32-member Board of Directors, and the organization’s various educational, advocacy, research, resources and networking initiatives. Rittner is a frequent speaker at local, state and national... (More)
Katie Kramer Katie Kramer
Vice President
614-705-1316 |
Katie Kramer is 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 a team of 5 focused on curriculum and... (More)
Kimberly Deardurff Kimberly Deardurff
Director of Development
614-705-1302 |
Kimberly Deardurff is Director of Development for the Council of Development Finance Agencies and has been with CDFA since fall of 2012. Mrs. Deardurff oversees the management and coordination of CDFA’s sponsorship efforts, including CDFA National Sponsors, Financing Roundtable Sponsors and the National Development Finance... (More)
Mark Barbash Mark Barbash
Senior Strategic Advisor
614-705-1317 |
Mark Barbash is Senior Strategic Advisor for the Council of Development Finance Agencies, the national association representing nation’s leading and most knowledgeable members of the development finance community. With over 30 years of economic development experience, Mark has served at local, state and federal government... (More)
Emily Moser Emily Moser
Program Manager
614-705-1305 |
Emily is a Program Manager for the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). She manages CDFA's Brownfields Technical Assistance Program, which provides financing technical assistance to brownfield redevelopment projects. The program offers free online resources via the Brownfields Financing Toolkit, a Brownfields... (More)
Averi Cragel Averi Cragel
State Programs Manager
614-705-1319 |
Averi Cragel is the Manager of State Programs Outreach for the Council of Development Finance Agencies and has been with CDFA since October 2015. Ms. Cragel is responsible for managing state roundtable initiatives including building state networks, planning and executing conferences and webcasts, conducting advisory... (More)
Tim Fisher Tim Fisher
Legislative and Federal Affairs Coordinator
614-705-1309 |
As the Legislative & Federal Affairs Coordinator, Mr. 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. Fisher leads and advocates for members of the State Small Business Credit Initiative Coalition, as... (More)
Candace Frank Candace Frank
Membership Coordinator
614-705-1300 |
Mrs. Frank runs the day-to-day operations of membership at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), which includes recruiting new members, retaining current members, maintaining the electronic member databases and coordinating general membership development activities, building membership outreach and benefits... (More)
Pete Mathews Pete Mathews
Manager, Research & Resources
614-705-1307 |
Pete Mathews is the Manager of Research & Resources at the Council of Development Finance Agencies. He manages CDFA’s online resource database and daily news headlines together with publishing industry focused newsletters, including Development Finance Review Weekly. Pete performs research and provides support for CDFA's... (More)
Cayla Matsumoto Cayla Matsumoto
Director, Education
614-705-1318 |
Cayla is the Director of Education at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) where she oversees the CDFA Training Institute, workshops, seminars, and online training. Cayla also manages the Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program working with participants to guide them in completing their DFCP... (More)
Blake Williams Blake Williams
Brownfields Program Coordinator
614-705-1306 |
As the Brownfields Program Coordinator, Mr. Williams is focused on expanding CDFA’s various activities related to brownfields finance programming and technical assistance. This includes the development of online resources and educational content, organizing national meetings of public- and private-sector industry... (More)
Katie Williams Katie Williams
State Programs Manager
614-705-1310 |
Ms. Williams is responsible for CDFA’s activities to build strong state relationships and programming. This includes managing a select number of the Council’s State Roundtable, a specialized initiative aimed at building strong state and local networks of stakeholders through education, research, reporting, engagement and... (More)
Harry Allen Harry Allen
Research Intern
614-705-1315 |
Harry Allen is a Research Intern for the Council of Development finance Agencies and joined CDFA in July, 2016. Currently he is working towards his undergrad in City and Regional Planning at The Ohio State University. The primary focus of his studies is Economic Development and Local Government. Harry is responsible for... (More)
Thomas Leonard Thomas Leonard
Graduate Research Intern
614-705-1308 |
Thomas is graduate student in the City and Regional Planning Program at The Ohio State University. He has a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science and Sustainability from Goshen College and he is passionate about making urban environments more resilient. At CDFA, he works on the research team as a graduate research... (More)


Brian S. Cooper Brian S. Cooper
CDFA Bond Finance Course Advisor
H.J. Umbaugh & Associates- Ohio
A twelve year veteran to the Public Finance and Economic Development arena Brian specializes in general... (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)
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 Tax Increment Finance Course Advisor
Executive Vice President
S.B. Friedman & Company
Tony Q. Smith is an Executive Vice President with S. B. Friedman & Company, a development advisory firm based... (More)


-CDFA Press Releases


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
  • Bank of America, Merrill Lynch
  • BNY Mellon
  • Bricker & Eckler LLP
  • Bryan Cave LLP
  • Business Oregon
  • CohnReznick
  • FBT Project Finance Advisors LLC
  • Frost Brown Todd, LLC
  • Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP
  • Ice Miller LLP
  • KeyBanc Capital Markets
  • Kutak Rock LLP
  • MB Financial Bank, NA
  • McGuireWoods
  • NW Financial Group, LLC
  • S.B. Friedman & Company
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Stern Brothers & Co.
  • Stifel Nicolaus
  • U.S. Bank
  • Wells Fargo Securities
  • Wilmington Trust
  • Z. The Bond Buyer
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