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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). CDFA 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... (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
Vice President
614-705-1302 |
Kimberly Deardurff is Vice President at the Council of Development Finance Agencies and has been with CDFA since 2012. Mrs. Deardurff spearheads the development efforts of CDFA and is responsible for planning, organizing and directing all of CDFA’s sponsorship and membership efforts. Additionally, she oversee all logistics... (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
Manager, Programming
614-705-1319 |
Averi Cragel is the Manager of Programming for the Council of Development Finance Agencies and has been with CDFA since October 2015. Ms. Cragel is responsible for managing projects related to the CDFA Training Institute and CDFA State Conferences, including building state networks, developing programming content and... (More)
Tim Fisher Tim Fisher
Manager, Legislative & Federal Affairs
614-705-1309 |
As the Manager of Legislative and Federal Affairs, 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. In addition to leading CDFA advocacy efforts, Tim authors the annual CDFA Volume Cap Report, the... (More)
Candace Frank Candace Frank
Membership Coordinator
614-705-1300 |
Mrs. Frank manages 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... (More)
Cayla Matsumoto Cayla Matsumoto
Director, Programming
614-705-1318 |
Cayla is the Director of Programming 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... (More)
Blake Williams Blake Williams
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
Manager, Research & Advisory Services
614-705-1310 |
Ms. Williams is responsible for managing and contributing to several CDFA projects in the Research & Advisory Services Division, including the EDA RLF Best Practices program, the National Development Finance Summit, the Urban Finance Forum and CDFA's work with the University of Tennessee. Prior to taking on these... (More)
Harry Allen Harry Allen
Research and Resources Coordinator
614-705-1315 |
As a Research and Resources Coordinator, Mr. Allen assists in the management of several of CDFAs contracts and events including the CDFA EDA RLF Best Practices Program and the National Development Finance Summit. Mr. Allen’s work is focused on access to capital tools including Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs), seed and venture... (More)
Thomas Leonard Thomas Leonard
Coordinator, Resarch & Advisory Services
614-705-1308 |
Thomas is a Coordinator in the Research & Advisory Services department and has been with CDFA since July, 2016. He is responsible for handling CDFA's involvement with environmentally sustainable areas of development finance which include food systems finance, water infrastructure finance, renewable energy finance, and... (More)


Brian Cooper Brian Cooper
CDFA Bond Finance Course Advisor
Umbaugh- 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
SB Friedman Development Advisors
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
  • 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
  • McCarter & English, LLP
  • McGuireWoods
  • Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
  • NW Financial Group, LLC
  • SB Friedman Development Advisors
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Stern Brothers & Co.
  • Stifel Nicolaus
  • U.S. Bank
  • Wells Fargo Securities
  • Wilmington Trust
  • Z. The Bond Buyer
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