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CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Forecasting the Bond Market in 2017
January 24, 2017
1:00 PM Eastern

Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance WebCourse
January 25-26, 2017
Daily: 12:00-5:00 pm Eastern

Learn More About CDFA's Free Technical Assistance for Brownfields
February 1, 2017
1:00 pm Eastern

Intro Tax Credit Finance WebCourse
February 15-16, 2017
Daily: 12:00-5:00 pm Eastern

CDFA Online Brownfields Project Marketplace
February 24, 2017
12:00 - 5:00 pm Eastern

Intro Bond Finance WebCourse
March 1-2, 2017
Daily: 12:00-5:00 pm Eastern

CDFA Brownfields Financing Webinar: Financing Brownfields with Private Activity Bonds (PABs)
March 9, 2017
2:00 pm Eastern

Intro Incentives WebCourse
April 5-6, 2017
Daily: 12:00-5:00pm Eastern

CDFA Missouri Conference
St. Louis, MO
April 20, 2017

Intro Tax Increment Finance WebCourse
May 10 - 11, 2017
Daily: 12:00-5:00 pm

CDFA Colorado Conference
Denver, CO
May 16, 2017

CDFA Texas Webinar: Financing Programs to Support Rural Development
May 17. 2017
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Eastern

CDFA Georgia Conference
Atlanta, GA
June 7, 2017

Intro Food Systems Finance WebCourse
June 6 - 7, 2017
Daily: 12:00-5:00 pm Eastern

CDFA Summer School
Minneapolis, MN
August 7-11, 2017

Fundamentals of Economic Development Finance Course
Minneapolis, MN
August 7, 2017

Intro Bond Finance Course
Minneapolis, MN
August 8-9, 2017

Intro Brownfields Finance Course
Minneapolis, MN
August 8-9, 2017

Intro Energy & Water Finance Course
Minneapolis, MN
August 10-11, 2017

Intro Revolving Loan Fund Course
Minneapolis, MN
August 10-11, 2017


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, including tax-exempt and taxable bonds, credit enhancement programs, and direct debt and equity investments as well as a variety of non-governmental and private organizations ranging from regional and large investment banks to commercial finance companies to bond counsel, bond insurers, trustees, venture capital companies, rating agencies, 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. CDFA has a rich history and is considered the industry expert within the federal government, on Capitol Hill and throughout the entire development finance industry.

Board Leadership

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.

Chairman, John Saris, Business Services Manager, Business Oregon, OR
Vice Chairman, Maureen Hassett, Senior VP, New Jersey Economic Development Authority, NJ
Treasurer, Steve Johnson, Manager, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, CO
Secretary, Steve Chilton, Senior Vice President, MassDevelopment, MA

Gregory Cole, Program, Manager, Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development, MD
Price Finley, Partner, Bricker & Eckler LLP, OH
Terry Finn, President, Stern Brothers & Co., MO
Richard Frampton, Executive Vice President, Illinois Finance Authority, IL
Jeffrey Freese, Managing Director, KeyBanc Capital Markets, OH
Jeree Glasser-Hedrick, Executive Director, CDLAC, California Treasurer's Office, CA
Robert Godley, Treasurer, Empire State Development Corporation, NY
Harry Huntley, Executive Director, South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority, SC
Doug Lamb, Partner, McGuire Woods LLP, VA
Jeffrey Lee, Senior VP, New York City Economic Development Corporation, NY
Bob Lind, Director, Business Finance, City of Minneapolis, MN
David Massa, Senior Vice President, U.S. Bank, NY
David Misky, Assistant Executive Director, Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee, WI
Tina Neal, Senior Vice President, Davenport & Company LLC, VA
James Parks, President & CEO, Louisiana Public Facilities Authority, LA
Michael Pehur, Development Finance Consulting Director, Duane Morris Government Strategies, PA
Tony Portuondo, Managing Director, The Bank of New York Mellon, FL
Patrick Ray, Managing Partner, Kutak Rock LLP - Arizona, AZ
Patrick Rutledge, Public Finance Relationship Manager, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, GA
Gurbax Sahota, President & CEO, California Association for Local Economic Development, CA
Carlton Schwab, President & CEO, Texas Economic Development Council, TX
Christopher Sheehan, Director, Stifel Nicolaus & Company, Inc., MD
Gary Smith, President/CEO, Chester County Industrial Development Authority, PA
James Snyder, Partner, Ice Miller, IL
Cam Turner, Principal, United Fund Advisors, Portland, OR
John Wooten, Director; Head of Municipal Placements, Wells Fargo Securities, NC

Emeritus Director, Mark Huston, Portfolio Manager, Development Capital Networks, OR

General Counsel, Arthur Cohen, Counsel, Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP, NY

CDFA 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.

Management & Executive
Toby Rittner, President & CEO, 614-705-1300
Mark Barbash, Senior Strategic Advisor, 614-705-1317
Valerie Gulick, Chief Financial Officer, 614-705-1300
Sam DeNies, IT Director, 614-705-1300

Education, State Programming & Communications
Katie Kramer, Vice President, 614-705-1316
Cayla Matsumoto, Director, Education, 614-705-1318
Averi Cragel, Manager, State Programs Outreach, 614-705-1319
Katie Williams, Manager, State Programs Outreach, 614-705-1310

Research, Resources & Advisory Services
Emily Moser, Program Manager, 614-705-1305
Tim Fisher, Legislative & Federal Affairs Coordinator, 614-705-1309
Pete Mathews, Manager, Research & Resources, 614-705-1307
Blake Williams, Program Coordinator, 614-705-1306
Thomas Leonard, Graduate Research Intern, 614-705-1308
Harry Allen, Research Intern, 614-705-1315
Alex Heyl, Research Intern, 614-705-1315
Spencer Davis, Research Intern, 614-705-1300
Nick Kearney, Research Intern, 614-705-1300

Development & Membership
Kimberly Deardurff, Director, Development, 614-705-1302
Candace Frank, Membership Coordinator, 614-705-1300

Advisors & Legislative Representative
Eric Silva, Legislative Representative, North South Government Strategies, 202-930-1437
Tony Q. Smith, Tax Increment Finance Course Advisor
Brian Cooper, Bond Finance Course Advisor

CDFA mailing address:

Council of Development Finance Agencies
100 E. Broad Street, Suite 1200
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-705-1300

CDFA Lifetime Achievement Award

In 2010, the CDFA Board of Directors created the CDFA Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development finance industry throughout their professional career. In order to be eligible, candidates must have made innovative and lasting contributions that have had an impact on the way development finance programs are operated, managed and administered. Individuals may also be eligible for the award if they have made significant legislative contribution to the advancement of new development finance tools, strategies, and approaches. Past recipients of the distinguished CDFA Lifetime Achievement Award include:

2016 - Arthur Cohen

2015 – Gene Eagle, Jim Parks

2014 – Rick Palank

2013 – Caren Franzini

2012 – Gary Smith

2011 – Bob Lind, Mark Huston

2010 – Paul Gravel, Stan Provus, Elliot Franks

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.

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