Technical Assistance


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
614-705-1318 |
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)
Darnell Moses Darnell Moses
Vice President
614-705-1310 |
As Vice President of Development Finance with CDFA, Mr. Moses works within all facets of CDFA. His expertise enhances the work in Research and Technical Assistance, including working on CDFA Publications; Government Affairs including participating in the Federal Financing Webinar; and Programming with a focus on Course... (More)
Pearl-Jean Mabe Pearl-Jean Mabe
Director, Research & Technical Assistance
614-705-1315 |
As the Director of Research & Technical Assistance at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), Pearl-Jean Mabe is responsible for managing and directing CDFA’s research projects, technical assistance requests, resource collection, information sharing, newsletter publications, headlines review, and educational... (More)
Hannah McConnell Hannah McConnell
Director, Programming
614-705-1305 |
As the Director of Programming, Hannah McConnell oversees the day-to-day activities and execution of CDFA programming including: the CDFA National Development Finance Summit, state events, tailored seminars and webinars, as well as the CDFA Training Institute, Summer School, and the DFCP program.

Prior to joining CDFA,... (More)
Noelle Sheets Noelle Sheets
Director, Development
614-705-1300 |
Noelle Sheets is the Director of Development for the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). In this role, Ms. Sheets is responsible for leading and managing CDFA’s sponsorship and membership efforts. Noelle's main objective is to do whatever it takes to ensure CDFA member organizations receive the highest level of... (More)
Genna Auteri Genna Auteri
Manager, Education
614-705-1303 |
As the Manager of Education, Genna is responsible for the CDFA Training Institute; planning the online WebCourses and in-person trainings. Genna also plans and executes CDFA's Summer School and oversees the Development Finance Certified Professional Program or DFCP - a comprehensive certification program exclusively... (More)
Allison Rowland Allison Rowland
Manager, Research & Technical Assistance
614-705-1308 |
As Manager of Research and Technical Assistance for the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), Allison oversees all of CDFA’s food systems finance work, including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation-funded initiative to “define the food system asset class” to advance opportunities and leverage existing financing streams... (More)
Meghan Wentz Meghan Wentz
Manager, Operations
614-705-1301 |
Meghan Wentz is the Operations Manager at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). Mrs. Wentz is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the CDFA Staff and Office. Her responsibilities extend from Human Resources, IT, and Accounting to Payroll and New Employee Orientation. She also works with the staff to... (More)
Stephanie Brewer Stephanie Brewer
Coordinator, Programming
614-705-1302 |
Stephanie Brewer is the Coordinator of Programming at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). Stephanie is responsible to build and execute events, coordinate logistics, secure speakers, facilitate marketing and provide pre- and post- event management. These events that are being coordinated are CDFA's Training... (More)
Stephanie Carlock Stephanie Carlock
Coordinator, Research & Technical Assistance
614-705-1309 |
Steph Carlock is a Research & Technical Assistance Associate at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA).
Steph’s focus areas include Opportunity Zones, a development finance tool introduced in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and health and education finance. She is currently building CDFA’s first course on... (More)
Malcolm Guy Malcolm Guy
Coordinator, Government & External Affairs
614-705-1306 |
As a Coordinator of Government & External Affairs at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), Malcolm Guy is primarily responsible for the organization’s government affairs and legislative activities. Mr. Guy manages relationships with federal agencies and coordinates advocacy efforts with CDFA’s legislative... (More)
Ronita Jackson Ronita Jackson
Coordinator, Development
614-705-1300 |
As the Coordinator of Development, 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.... (More)
James Metz James Metz
Coordinator, Research and Technical Assistance
907-952-1904 |
James Metz is a Coordinator on the Research and Technical Assistance team at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). James’ area of focus includes brownfield redevelopment, tax increment finance, special assessments, and water finance. This includes providing technical assistance to CDFA members, producing... (More)
Ariel Miller Ariel Miller
Coordinator, Research & Technical Assistance
6-147-050-1319 |
Ariel Miller is a Research & Technical Assistance Coordinator with the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). Her work is primarily focused on the W.K. Kellogg funded initiative “Defining the Food System Asset Class,” through which CDFA is researching how development finance can become more engaged in supporting... (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
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
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 Ellen Harpel
CDFA Incentives Course Advisor
Smart Incentives
Dr. Ellen Harpel is the founder of Smart Incentives, which helps state and local governments make sound... (More)
Seth Kirshenberg Seth Kirshenberg
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’s consulting practice is focused on the feasibility, strategy and financial aspects of community and... (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 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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  • McGuireWoods
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  • Stern Brothers
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  • U.S. Bank
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