Community Development Advisory Board

Section 104(d) of the Community Development Banking and Financial Institutions Act of 1994 established the Community Development Advisory Board to advise the Director of the Fund on policies regarding the activities of the CDFI Fund. The Advisory Board is to meet at least annually.

The Advisory Board shall consist of 15 members, including the Secretary of the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Interior and Treasury and the Administrator of the Small Business Administration, or his or her designee; and nine private citizens appointed by the President, who shall be selected, to the maximum extent practicable, to provide for national geographic representation and racial, ethnic, and gender diversity, including: two individuals who are officers of existing community development financial institutions; two individuals who are officers of insured depository institutions; two individuals who are officers of national consumer or public interest organizations; two individuals who have expertise in community development; and one individual who has personal experience and specialized expertise in the unique lending and community development issues confronted by Indian tribes on Indian reservations.

The Chair of the Advisory Board is elected by the nine private citizens.

August 27, 2020 Advisory Board Meeting

September 23, 2019 Advisory Board Meeting

August 23, 2018 Advisory Board Meeting

November 16, 2017 Advisory Board Meeting



Gwin Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=56ClintonGwinClinton B. Gwin<div><strong>President and CEO</strong></div><div><strong>Pathway Lending</strong><br><br></div><p>Clinton B. Gwin is the President and CEO of Pathway Lending, a CDFI founded in 1999 to provide capital and educational services to underserved small businesses in Tennessee and Alabama. Mr. Gwin has been recognized for his efforts to create public-private partnerships involving Pathway Lending, the State of Tennessee, and the Tennessee Bankers Association. He is a founding board member and the current board chair of Appalachian Community Capital, a CDFI serving Appalachia, and also served on the board of a CDFI in Tennessee and on the advisory boards of two New Market Tax Credit entities. Previously, Mr. Gwin was with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. He is a graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana and received an MBA from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.<br></p>03;Advisory Board15;CDFI Representatives<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Clint_Gwin.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Ray Moncrief Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=57L.Ray MoncriefL. Ray Moncrief<p><strong>President and CEO</strong><br><strong> Mountain Ventures, Inc., Kentucky Highland Investment Corporation</strong></p> <p>​Ray Moncrief is President and CEO of Mountain Ventures Inc., a Small Business Investment Corporation licensed by the U. S. Small Business Administration and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kentucky Highland Investment Corporation. In addition, he is President, CEO, and board member of Southern Appalachian Management Company and President of Eclipse Management. Mr. Moncrief has served on the boards of the National Consumer Cooperative Bank and Capital Impact Partners. He is a founding director and Chairman of Appalachian Community Capital and a founding director and the Chairman of the Board of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance (CDVCA). Mr. Moncrief received a Lifetime Achievement Award from CDVCA and the Lifetime Achievement in Seed Investing Award from the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds. He is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University.</p>03;Advisory Board15;CDFI Representatives<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/ray_moncrief.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Dingus Brook Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=62CaraDingus BrookCara Dingus Brook<p><strong>President and CEO</strong><br><strong> Foundation for Appalachian Ohio</strong></p> <p>​Cara Dingus Brook is President and CEO of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO), a regional community foundation that serves 32 counties in Appalachian Ohio. Under her leadership, FAO has tripled its assets, generated more than $10 million in funding to advance entrepreneurial and educational developments, led the formation of six local community foundation efforts, and incubated the Ohio Appalachian Business Council and the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth to generate new opportunity in the region. Before joining FAO, Ms. Dingus Brook was the Southeast Ohio District Representative for Senator George Voinovich and the manager of Appalachian Ohio Giving, a multi-sector partnership promoting philanthropy as a community and economic development tool. She received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in public administration from Ohio University.</p>03;Advisory Board16;Community Development Representatives<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Cara%20Dingus%20Brook%208048%20-%20official%20black%20suit%20option.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Fairchild Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=63GregoryFairchildGregory Fairchild<p><strong>Isidore Horween Professor of Business Administration</strong><br><strong> Darden School of Business, University of Virginia</strong></p> <p>​Gregory Fairchild is the Isidore Horween Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and the Associate Dean for Washington, D.C., Area Initiatives. Professor Fairchild has received numerous awards, including an $850,000 grant in 2008 from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Faculty Pioneer Award from the Aspen Institute in 2009. He was named the MBA Professor of the Year by Poets & Quants in 2017, one of the Top Ten Business School Professors in the World by CNN/Fortune in 2010, and one of five high impact professors by Financial Times in 2010. Professor Fairchild also helps lead Resilience Education, a non-profit that provides high quality education to developing communities and administers the Darden Prison Program, among other initiatives.</p>03;Advisory Board16;Community Development Representatives<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Greg%20Fairchild_photo_1_high_res.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Bautista Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=60FaithBautistaFaith Bautista<p><strong>President and CEO</strong><br><strong> National Asian American Coalition</strong></p> <p>​Faith Bautista is President and CEO of the National Asian American Coalition, a HUD-approved homeowner, small business, and consumer advocacy organization serving the nation’s 20 million Asian Americans. Ms. Bautista advocates before Congress, the California Legislature, Fortune 500 companies, and key federal regulators. She has been a member of the Office of Thrift Supervision Minority Depository Institutions Advisory Committee and the Low-Income Oversight Board for the California Public Utilities Commission. Ms. Bautista also hosts “Owning A Piece of America,” a news and lifestyle television show that is aired in California to 3.5 million viewers and discusses issues such as housing and small business development, consumer education, lifestyle and health, and community and government relations. </p>03;Advisory Board17;Consumer/Public Interest Representatives<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Faith_Bautista.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
J. Chapa Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=61JudyJ. ChapaJudy J. Chapa<p><strong>Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility</strong><br><strong> Financial Services Roundtable</strong></p> <p>​Judy J. Chapa is Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for the Financial Services Roundtable (FSR), an advocacy organization for America’s financial services industry. Ms. Chapa oversees the Corporate Social Responsibility Department, which promotes members’ efforts to improve their communities. Before joining FSR, she was President of Chapa Consulting, where she worked on financial literacy and women’s issues. She was appointed by President Bush in 2002 to serve as the first Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Treasury Department’s Office of Financial Education, and established the Office and developed Treasury’s financial education policy. Ms. Chapa received a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Texas and has received numerous awards for professional achievement, including the WISER (Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement) Hero Award.</p>03;Advisory Board17;Consumer/Public Interest Representatives<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Judy%20Chapa.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Alvord Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=72DennisAlvordDennis Alvord<p>​<em>Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development and Chief Operating Officer, Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce</em></p><p>Dennis Alvord serves as EDA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development and Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for enterprise-wide operations and program execution. Mr. Alvord concurrently performed the duties of the Assistant Secretary and the Deputy Assistant Secretaries of Economic Development and Regional Affairs from April 2017 through March 2019. Active in the Department, he was elected as Co-Chair of the Department Management Council, comprised of senior executives from all of Commerce’s principal operating units. Previously, as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary, he worked on a broad portfolio of department-wide management, operations, program and policy issues and co-chaired the Department of Commerce's 2016-17 Presidential Transition, coordinating efforts across the Department and with the White House and President Elect's Transition Team.<br></p><p><br></p>03;Advisory Board18;Federal Representatives<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Dennis_Alvord_EDA.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Brand Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=71BetteBrandBette Brand<p><b>Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development<br> U.S. Department of Agriculture</b></p><p>Bette Brand has served as the Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development since February 2020. Before this appointment, Brand served as the Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator. Deputy Under Secretary Brand has supported the Rural Development mission through strong leadership, program stewardship, and also through partnerships within the federal family with sister agencies like SBA and DOE. Deputy Under Secretary Brand came to USDA in January 2018 after 35 years with Farm Credit of the Virginias, where she served as chief advocate for the agriculture industry and rural businesses. Throughout her career, Deputy Under Secretary Brand has prioritized promoting rural communities, having served on the Virginia Agribusiness Council, the Virginia Horse Council, the Virginia Cooperative Council, and the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Since her arrival to USDA, Deputy Under Secretary Brand has prioritized increasing rural America’s access to capital, investing in innovative technology, and helping businesses create jobs.</p>03;Advisory Board18;Federal Representatives<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Bette%20Brand%20Profile%20Picture.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Eisner Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=52DavidEisnerDavid F. Eisner<p> <strong>Assistant Secretary for Management</strong></p><p><strong>U.S. Department of the Treasury </strong><br></p><p>​Mr. David F. Eisner serves as the Assistant Secretary for Management, where he is responsible for setting Department-wide policy for all Treasury operations and execution of the Treasury headquarters operations, as well as for the formulation and execution of the Department's budget. He is also responsible for developing the Department's strategic plan and holding data-driven quarterly reviews of policy and operational units, and Treasury bureaus, with their leaders. Prior to coming to Treasury, Mr. Eisner was a private investor and the executive chairman of Compliance Science, Inc., a financial industry regulation technology company. He was previously the founder and chief executive officer of LLC, a financial software and data firm, which was sold in 2010. He spent 12 years at the investment bank Jefferies & Company, including six years as executive vice president in the office of the chairman. Mr. Eisner earned a B.S. in accounting and government from American University, where he later served on the Board of Trustees, and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, where he was an editor of the American Journal of Law and Medicine.</p>03;Advisory Board18;Federal Representatives<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/David_Eisner.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Gibbs Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=53JohnGibbsJohn Gibbs<p> <b>Acting Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development <br> U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development</b></p><p>John serves as Acting Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where he oversees an annual budget of $8 billion for programs addressing homelessness, community development, and disaster relief. He recently led the successful deployment of more than $9 billion in CARES Act funds in response to coronavirus. Prior to his service at HUD, Mr. Gibbs led non-profit teams in Japan. Using his fluency in Japanese, he trained non-profits on how to reach the vulnerable using technology, and deployed homeless outreach strategies for Japanese churches. Before that, Mr. Gibbs was a software engineer in Silicon Valley, where he worked for Symantec, Palm, and Apple, playing a key role in the development of landmark technology products including industry-leading intrusion detection software, and the very first version of the iPhone. John is a published author, having written academically on the application of Behavioral Economics to policymaking. John holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.</p> 03;Advisory Board18;Federal Representatives<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/John%20Gibbs%202.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Manger Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=54WilliamMangerWilliam Manger<p><strong>Associate Administrator for Capital Access</strong><br><strong> U.S. Small Business Administration</strong></p> <p>​William Manger is the Associate Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Capital Access, which provides funding through banks and other lending partners to small businesses that cannot otherwise obtain loans. As Associate Administrator, Mr. Manger manages a $120 billion portfolio of direct and guaranteed loans, nine operation centers, and 560 employees of the Office of Capital Access. Prior to his current position, he served as Managing Director at Brock Capital Group, a boutique investment bank in New York City, where he advised and supported small to medium-sized enterprises in their efforts to raise capital and expand their businesses. Mr. Manger received a BA from Trinity College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.</p>03;Advisory Board18;Federal Representatives<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Bill_Manger.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Sweeney Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=70TaraSweeneyTara Sweeney<p><b>Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs<br> U.S. Department of the Interior</b></p><p>Tara Sweeney is the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior. She is responsible for carrying out Interior’s trust responsibilities regarding the management of tribal and individual Indian trust lands and assets, and promoting the self-determination and economic self-sufficiency of the nation’s 573 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes. Ms. Sweeney is the first Alaska Native and the second woman to be confirmed for this position. Prior to her current position, she served as executive vice president of external affairs for the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. Ms. Sweeney earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University, and is a tribal member of the Native Village of Barrow and the Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope.</p> 03;Advisory Board18;Federal Representatives<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Tara_Sweeney.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
O. McDonald Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=59ToddO. McDonaldTodd O. McDonald<p><strong>Vice President of Strategy</strong><br><strong> Liberty Bank and Trust</strong></p> <p>​Todd O. McDonald is the Vice President of Strategy at Liberty Bank and Trust, a New Orleans-based CDFI and Minority Depository Institution with locations in eight states. Mr. McDonald is intimately involved in high-level corporate strategy decisions that ultimately affect the long-term growth and sustainability of his bank. In his role as Vice President of Strategy, he is responsible for uncovering, evaluating, and developing business plans for growth and performance improvement opportunities, leading high impact initiatives, and providing overall management for special projects initiated by the CEO and Board. He also serves as a member of the bank’s board of directors. Mr. McDonald is a graduate of Morehouse College and received an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.</p>03;Advisory Board19;Insured Depository Institution Representatives<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Todd%20McDonald%202.JPG" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
R. Jones III Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=58RobertR. Jones IIIRobert R. Jones III<p><b>President and CEO <br> United Bank</b></p> <p>​Robert R. Jones III joined United Bank of Atmore, a CDFI based in southern Alabama, in 1990 and became its President and CEO in 1992. Mr. Jones is the chairman of the board of the Community Development Bankers Association, and serves on the boards of Auburn Magazine and the Community Foundation of South Alabama and on the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council. In addition, he serves on several boards associated with the American Bankers Association (ABA). Mr. Jones received both his BS and MBA degrees from Auburn University. He is a graduate of Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University, the ABA National Commercial Lending School, and the Professional Master of Banking School at Louisiana State University. </p>03;Advisory Board19;Insured Depository Institution Representatives<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Robert_Jones.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Jett Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=64ShaneJettShane Jett<p><strong>Chief Executive Officer</strong><br><strong> Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation</strong></p> <p>​Shane D. Jett is the CEO of Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation (CPCDC), a Native CDFI that provides financial products and services to members and employees of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and to Native American-owned-businesses throughout Oklahoma. Under his leadership, CPCDC’s assets have grown from $14 million to $68 million. An Oklahoma Cherokee, Mr. Jett served for six years in the Oklahoma Legislature and co-founded its Native American Caucus. He serves on the boards of Opportunity Finance Network and the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s First National Bank & Trust, and is president of the board of the Cherokee National Historical Society. Mr. Jett received a bachelor’s degree in international business from Oklahoma Baptist University. He is a recipient of the Cherokee Nation’s Statesmanship Award.</p>03;Advisory Board20;Native American Tribal Development Representatives<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Shane_Jett.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />