CDFI Staff

Office of The Deputy Director

Marcia Sigal

Acting Director

Marcia Sigal currently serves as Acting Director of the CDFI Fund and is the Deputy Director for Policy and Programs for the CDFI Fund. In this role, she implements the CDFI Fund's strategic vision through the design and management of the CDFI Fund's assistance programs. She previously served as the Program Manager of the CDFI Fund’s Capital Magnet Fund and as Director of the Program Policy Division for the Office of Affordable Housing Programs in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Office of The Director

Jeff Merkowitz

Senior Advisor

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.

Office of The Deputy Director

Dennis Nolan

Deputy Director

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. 

Administrative Operations

Telma Holmes


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.


Karen Miller

Financial Manager

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.

Financial Strategies and Research

Shannon McKay

Shannon McKay

Program Manager

Shannon McKay is currently the Program Manager and Research Analyst in the Financial Strategies and Research Unit at the CDFI Fund. She has been with the CDFI Fund since 2019 where her portfolio has included managing the data collection, cleaning and report development of the Fund's Annual Certification and Data Collection (ACR) report, as well as supporting other research initiatives.

Information Technology

Paul Markovitz

Chief Information Officer

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.

Legal Counsel

Dietrich Douglas

Dietrich Douglas

Legal Counsel

Dietrich Douglas 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 2023, Mr. Douglas served as Branch Chief within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Medicare Operations Division where he supervised a team of attorneys handling claim appeals.

Legislative and External Affairs

Jason Boehlert


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).

Capital Magnet Fund

Andrew Schlack

Program Manager

Andrew Schlack is the Program Manager for the Capital Magnet Fund (CMF). He joined the CDFI Fund in April 2017, and previously served as the Acting Program Manager, and Associate Program Manager, for the CDFI Program, and Native Initiatives team.

CDFI Bond Guaranetee Program

Susan Suckfiel

Program Manager

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.

CDFI Program and Native Initiatives

Pooja Patel

Program Manager

Pooja Patel is the Program Manager for the CDFI Program and Native Initiatives. Pooja has nearly 20 years of experience related to federal affordable housing and community economic development programs. Prior to joining the CDFI Fund, Pooja was a Senior Director at ICF. In this role, she managed a portfolio of projects focused on the successful design and administration of federal community development programs, including establishing and evaluating policies, guidelines, and methodologies that guide program operations.

Certification Policy and Evaluation

Michelle Dickens

Program Manager

Michelle Dickens is Program Manager for the Office of Certification Policy and Evaluation at the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). As Program Manager, Michelle provides oversight of all Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Certification and Community Development Entity (CDE) Certification and related activities that support the associated CDFI Fund Programs.

Compliance Monitoring and Evaluation

Heather Hunt

Program Manager

Heather Hunt is the Program Manager for the Office of Compliance Monitoring and Evaluation at the CDFI Fund. In this role she is responsible for the management of the CDFI Fund’s compliance reporting and monitoring functions. Prior to joining the CDFI Fund, she served as a Senior Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, where she provided outreach and analytical post-award monitoring support to National Science Foundation (NSF).

Depository Institutions Initiatives


Program Manager


New Markets Tax Credit Program

Christopher Allison

Program Manager

Christopher Allison is the Program Manager for the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program 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.