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Harris Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=66JodieHarrisJodie Harris<p>Jodie Harris is the Director of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). The CDFI Fund generates economic growth and opportunity in some of our nation’s most distressed communities. By offering tailored resources and innovative programs that invest federal dollars alongside private sector capital, the CDFI Fund serves mission-driven financial institutions that take a market-based approach to supporting economically disadvantaged communities.</p><p>Jodie has worked in both the public and private sectors for over 25 years. Following her start as a commercial real estate and community development credit analyst, Jodie served as president of a small non-profit consulting firm providing technical assistance and education to small businesses and entrepreneurs. She spent several years in the Strategy and Business Architecture division of Accenture, LLC, working with a range of clients including financial institutions, nonprofits and technology companies. Jodie has extensive experience in policy research, and worked as a policy analyst with New York University’s Institute for Education and Social Policy, and with the U.S. Department of Agriculture where she focused on low-income food programs.</p><p>Jodie joined Treasury in 2007 as an Associate Program Manager with the CDFI Fund, and later served as Senior Advisor to the Director of the CDFI Fund. During her time with Treasury, she has managed grant programs and developed legislative and policy proposals for a wide range of issues with a focus on access to capital, community development banking, and financial inclusion. Most recently, as the Director of Treasury’s Office of Small Business, Community Development and Affordable Housing Policy, Jodie led a team of policy analysts in the development of policies and programs that support community and economic development nationwide.</p><p>Jodie originally hails from Philadelphia and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland. She holds a MBA and MPA from New York University. </p> 01;Office of The Director01;Director<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/official%20photo.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Merkowitz Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=30JeffMerkowitzJeff Merkowitz<p>Jeff Merkowitz is Senior Advisor to CDFI Fund Director Jodie Harris and brings over two decades of both policy and direct, on the ground experience in the areas of housing finance and community development. He previously served as Director of Operations and Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, where he was responsible for crafting the Senator’s policy responses to both the foreclosure crisis and the longstanding shortage of affordable housing in California. His work for the Senator to expand refinancing opportunities led to over 2 million struggling homeowners being able to refinance their mortgages at historically low rates, and he led efforts in the Senate to push the Federal Housing Finance Agency to fund the Housing Trust Fund and Capital Magnet Fund. </p><p>Prior to his time in the Senate, Merkowitz served as the Chief Financial Officer for Opportunity Fund, a certified CDFI. There he created the financial infrastructure to manage over $25 million in lending programs for affordable housing development and small businesses, as well as receive and distribute $50 million in New Markets Tax Credit allocations, and developed key partnerships with local and national banks. While in California, he also was a director on the board of InnVision, the largest homeless services provider in the South Bay.</p><p>Additionally, Merkowitz served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica, where he organized local women’s groups to start up small businesses and provided assistance to rural communities with small development projects such as bridges, roads, health posts, and potable water projects. He is a graduate of Princeton University and earned a MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.</p> 01;Office of The Director12;Senior Advisor<img alt="Jeff Merkowitz" src="/PublishingImages/Jeff%20Merkowitz%203.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Nolan Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=2Dennis NolanDennis Nolan<p>Dennis Nolan joined the CDFI Fund in October 2011. As Deputy Director for Finance and Operations, Mr. Nolan is responsible for taking the lead in developing policies, operating procedures, internal controls, and short- and long-term strategic plans. With years of experience in community and economic development policies, administration and finance, Mr. Nolan helps ensure the success and longevity of the CDFI Fund and its programs.  </p><p> Prior to working at the CDFI Fund, Mr. Nolan was the Deputy Chief Financial Officer in the Department of Administration and Finance at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, an independent U.S. foreign aid agency focused on fighting global poverty. Prior to Millennium Challenge Corporation, Mr. Nolan served at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for a total of 25 years experience in federal financial management.</p>02;Office of The Deputy Director02;Deputy Director<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Dennis%20Nolan.2.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Sigal Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=5MarciaSigalMarcia Sigal<p>Marcia Sigal is the Deputy Director for Policy and Programs for the CDFI Fund, where she oversees the efforts of all of the CDFI Fund’s award programs in support of the CDFI Fund’s strategic vision. She previously served as the Program Manager of the Capital Magnet Fund. Prior to joining the CDFI Fund, Ms. Sigal was the Director of the Program Policy Division for the Office of Affordable Housing Programs in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ms. Sigal’s expertise as a community development policy analyst and innovator served her well as the Director of Community and Economic Development at the Council of State Community Development Agencies, an Affordable Housing Policy Analyst for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), and Management Analyst at the Fairfax, VA Department of Housing and Community Development. In these roles, Ms. Sigal has shaped national outcome measurement metrics for community development programs, designed and launched new community development and affordable housing policies and programs, and developed capacity building and technical assistance programs for non-profit organizations as well as state and local governments. She has a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and attended Cornell University, where she studied community services and social work.</p>02;Office of The Deputy Director02;Deputy Director<img alt="Marcia Sigal Portrait" src="/PublishingImages/Marcia%20Sigal.JPG" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Holmes Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=3TelmaHolmesTelma Holmes<p>Telma Holmes is the Operations Manager of the CDFI Fund and oversees the management of the Fund's infrastructure, including human resources, acquisitions, property, equipment, space logistics, safety, travel, and training. Since joining the Operations team in 2011, she has been the Fund's Small Business Specialist, providing advice to the program offices on procuring small business and informing small business owners on procurement opportunities within the CDFI Fund. She began her career at the CDFI Fund in 2009, serving as Chief Information Officer.</p><p>Prior to the CDFI Fund, Ms. Holmes was the Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR) of the Treasury Foreign Intelligence Network (TFIN) where she was responsible for developing and directing the successful implementation of a project management plan to stabilize the Treasury Department's only Top Secret IT system.</p><p>Ms. Holmes has over 20 years of experience within the Department of the Treasury and has previously been an IT Specialist and Program Analyst within the Office of the Chief Information Officer, a Budget Analyst for the Working Capital Fund Program Office, a Program Analyst within the Information Technology Strategy and Policy division and has served as President of the National Treasury Employee Union.</p> 04;Administrative Operations05;Manager<img alt="Telma Holmes Portrait" src="/PublishingImages/Telma%20Holmes.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Aiello Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=65DanielAielloDaniel Aiello<p>Mr. Daniel Aiello is the Program Manager for the Capital Magnet Fund (CMF). Prior to becoming Program Manager, he served as CMF Associate Program Manager. In that role, he managed the Capital Magnet Fund funding round, including drafting funding notices, application materials, and program policies; developing review processes and criteria; and overseeing the development of the necessary IT systems. </p><p>Prior to transitioning to CMF, he was a Senior Policy and Program Officer for the New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC Program). In this role, Mr. Aiello had a variety of responsibilities related to the administration of the NMTC Program, including reviewing tax credit applications and conducting policy analyses. Prior to joining the CDFI Fund, he completed his master’s degree in public policy and management at the H. John Heinz III College of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his B.A. with highest honors in American Studies from Williams College. </p> 05;Capital Magnet Fund03;Program Manager<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Daniel%20Aiello.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Suckfiel Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=67SusanSuckfielSusan Suckfiel<p>Susan Suckfiel is the Program Manager for the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program at the CDFI Fund. Prior to joining the CDFI Fund, Susan managed the Office of Portfolio Management at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) where she was responsible for the management and compliance of the SBA’s $120 billion portfolio of direct and guaranteed loans, including oversight of the servicing for the SBA disaster, 504, and 7(a) loan programs. Susan brings with her an extensive knowledge of the many aspects of lending, loan servicing, compliance and loan administration, as well as a deep background and training in federal personnel management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration.</p> <br>06;CDFI Bond Guarantee Program03;Program Manager
Kuchar-Bell Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=6AmberKuchar-BellAmber Kuchar-Bell<p>Amber Kuchar-Bell is the CDFI Program and NACA Program Manager at the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. </p><p>Prior to joining the CDFI Fund, Amber was an investment officer for the Calvert Foundation, a CDFI, where she managed a $68 million investment portfolio of CDFIs including Native CDFIs, CDEs, and social enterprise organizations. Before joining Calvert Foundation, Amber worked at NCB Capital Impact, also a CDFI, as a commercial loan underwriter where she underwrote loans for healthcare centers, affordable housing cooperatives, and charter schools. Early in her career, Amber was an Export and Marketing Associate for a coffee cooperative in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, and Sr. Consumer Lending Loan Officer at Bay Federal Credit Union. She has a Master of Public Policy from Duke University located in Durham, North Carolina and a Bachelor of Science in International Development from the University of California Los Angeles. </p>07;CDFI Program and Native Initiatives03;Program Manager<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Amber%20Kuchar%20(2).jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
McInnis Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=31TanyaMcInnisTanya McInnis<p>Tanya McInnis is the Program Manager for the Certification, Compliance Monitoring and Evaluation unit. As such, she is responsible for management of the CDFI Fund’s certification program, compliance reporting, and monitoring functions. Previously, Ms. McInnis served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Director at the CDFI Fund. In this capacity, she advised and supported the Director and Deputy Director and planned, directed, coordinated, and evaluated the day-to-day administrative, financial, and operational activities for the organization. Her areas of responsibility included policy development and implementation, strategic planning, budget development, internal controls, and enhanced business operations and award programs. She has also served as Acting Deputy Director of the CDFI Fund. Prior to joining the CDFI Fund, Ms. McInnis was the owner and operator of a private consulting practice for affordable housing and community and economic development organizations. She has also served as a senior manager at Fannie Mae, First American Bank (currently Wells Fargo Bank), and Fidelity Investments. Ms. McInnis received a B.A. degree in sociology from the University of Virginia. </p>08;Certification, Compliance Monitoring and Evaluation05;Manager<img alt="Tanya McInnis Portrait" src="/PublishingImages/Tanya%20McInnis%207%20(00000002).jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Miller Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=8KarenMillerKaren Miller<p>Karen Miller is the Financial Manager for the CDFI Fund, having the responsibility of managing the budget execution, formulating the President’s Budget, oversight of the monthly financial statements, the CDFI Fund’s yearly audit, and preparing their annual financial report (AFR). Her team provides support to all areas of the CDFI Fund, ensuring proper use of appropriated funds, the availability of funds, and responding to various data calls that come out of Departmental Offices, Department of the Treasury. </p><p>Karen came to Treasury in 1997 as a secretary in the Office of the Deputy Chief Financial Officer and later received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, transitioning into the Office of Financial Management in 2000 as an accountant responsible for the Exchange Stabilization Fund (ESF), where she ensured that ESF consistently achieved clean audit opinions. She later became a supervisor, overseeing the reporting of various funds/accounts within Treasury, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act accounts. Prior to Karen coming to the CDFI Fund in November 2012, she also assisted in the financial reporting of Treasury’s AFR and the government-wide financial statements.</p><p>Karen has a combined total of 31 years of Federal Government service, having spent 13 years with the Department of Defense prior to joining Treasury. </p>09;CFO06;Financial Manager<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Karen%20Miller.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Bischak Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=9GregBischakGreg Bischak<p>Greg Bischak manages the Office of Financial Strategies and Research at the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. He oversees research and analysis related to programmatic activity, development of performance data and strategic research to ensure effective implementation of the CDFI Fund mission. </p><p> Prior to joining the CDFI Fund, he was a senior economist for the Appalachian Regional Commission where he directed economic development research. Mr. Bischak served as executive director of the National Commission for Economic Conversion and Disarmament and was for developing public education and policy research on economic conversion, defense employment impacts, disarmament and industrial policy. He was also an economic professor at Ramapo College in New Jersey. </p><p> Mr. Bischak is a member of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Science, and Co-Chair of the Transportation and Economic Development Committee. His research has been published in a wide variety of scholarly journals and publications. He received his PhD from the New School for Social Research. </p>10;Financial Strategies and Research03;Program Manager<img alt="FS&R Manager Greg Bischak" src="/PublishingImages/Greg%20Bischak.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Markovitz Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=10PaulMarkovitzPaul Markovitz<p>Paul Markovitz serves as the Chief Information Officer at the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. He guides the CDFI Fund in the development and design of innovative information technology by working with CDFI Fund staff to improve business practices and pursue new methods of collaboration and decision-making. </p><p>Prior to joining the CDFI Fund in February 2011, Mr. Markovitz spent over 20 years working in the IT field within the Federal government. Most recently, Mr. Markovitz spent seven years at the National Science Foundation (NSF). At NSF, he served as the Foundation’s Chief Enterprise Architect, Senior Agency Information Security Officer, and Chief of the Security, Architecture, Policy and Plans branch. </p><p>Prior to NSF, Mr. Markovitz worked for a little over six years at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). At NIH, he served as an IT Project Manager for NIH’s enterprise grant management systems. In addition to managing various software development projects, Mr. Markovitz led activities for planning and managing the IT portfolio budget for NIH’s enterprise grant systems. While at NIH, Paul also served on a 6-month detail as a Solutions Architect to the Federal initiative. </p><p>Before working for NIH, he spent 18 months in private industry at TYC Associates, Inc., a small 8A firm. Mr. Markovitz was a Project Leader and Senior Systems Analyst on a 5-year NIH contract where he supported the planning, design and development of NIH’s grant management systems. He began his federal career at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) where he specialized in various communications protocols. Mr. Markovitz holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Loyola University. </p>11;Information Technology07;Chief Information Officer
Noel Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=48DeniseNoelDenise Noel<p>Denise N. Noel is Legal Counsel to the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) and in that role functions as lead counsel on all legal matters related to the CDFI Fund’s policies, programs, and administration. Prior to being named Legal Counsel in 2017, Ms. Noel was an Attorney/Advisor to the CDFI Fund and served as lead attorney for numerous CDFI Fund programs and initiatives, including the CDFI Program, Native American CDFI Assistance Program, the Bank Enterprise Award Program, and the CDFI Fund Prize Challenge. Ms. Noel was most recently the lead attorney for the CDFI Fund’s CDFI Bond Guarantee Program, where she was instrumental in the legal structuring of the program from inception and the drafting of the regulations. To date, Ms. Noel has closed over $1.5 billion dollars in Bond Guarantee Program transactions. During her tenure at the CDFI Fund, Ms. Noel has received the CDFI Fund’s Director’s award for Outstanding Leadership, as well as the U.S Department of the Treasury’s Certificate for Effective and Efficient Operations in Treasury’s Legal Division. Ms. Noel is also a Partnership for Public Service Excellence in Government Fellow. Prior to joining the CDFI Fund, Ms. Noel was an attorney in private practice with O’Melveny and Myers LLP. Ms. Noel has a Bachelor degree in Management Information Systems from the Florida State University College of Business, and a Juris Doctorate from the George Washington University Law School. She is a member of District of Columbia Bar and the State of Maryland Bar.</p>12;Legal Counsel08;Legal Counsel
Boehlert Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=35JasonBoehlertJason Boehlert<p>Jason Boehlert is the Program Manager for Legislative and External Affairs for the CDFI Fund. In this role he oversees the CDFI Fund’s Congressional and public affairs activities. He has over 20 years legislative and communications experience in the housing, community development, and economic development sectors. Prior to joining the CDFI Fund, he served as Executive Director of the National Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (NALHFA) and National Association for County Community and Economic Development (NACCED). He has also held government relations positions with the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). He holds an MA from The George Washington University and a BA from Santa Clara University.</p>13;Legislative and External Affairs05;Manager<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Jason%20Boehlert.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Allison Staff/DispForm.aspx?ID=13ChristopherAllisonChristopher Allison<p>Christopher Allison is the Program Manager for the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) and the Bank Enterprise Award (BEA) Programs at the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). Mr. Allison previously served as Associate Program Manager for the NMTC Program. He oversaw the development of NMTC application materials, led the implementation of the NMTC evaluation process in the CDFI Fund’s new Awards Management Information System (AMIS), and made recommendations for tax credit allocations.</p><p>Prior to joining the CDFI Fund, Mr. Allison was a Program Manager at Single Stop USA, where he oversaw grant and performance management for a national portfolio of community-based organizations related to income supports. He worked on several innovative workforce development and asset building projects at Seedco, a national economic development intermediary. Mr. Allison has also held positions with Self-Help Ventures Fund and the Center for Community Capital in North Carolina. </p><p>Mr. Allison holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an emphasis on economic development, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in urban studies from Eugene Lang College at The New School in New York. </p> 14;New Markets Tax Credit Program and Bank Enterprise Award Program03;Program Manager<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Christopher%20Allison.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />